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Burma or Myanmar?
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - In May, when Obama called Myanmar "Myanmar" in an Oval Officeeting, it was a small demarche for the country's guest speaker, Thein Sein. Because for many only Myanmar is not Myanmar. It' Burma. Both the West and the Opposition were boycotting the name shift because it came from a repressive regime.
However, when the United States' relations with the land thawed out, the Obama government began to recognize it. Indeed, May's "Myanmar" name loss came six month after Obama welcomed the crowds at Yangon University with "Mingalabar, Myanmar Naing Ngan" (Hello, Myanmar Country) during a November address in Yangon, but this reference failed to catch the attention of the West.
Not fully welcoming the amendment, the State Department now uses a mixture of both concepts, reflecting a US policies that has dispensed with comprehensive trade sanctioning against the US, but has blacklisting most of its largest companies. The CNN recently started using the name Myanmar, but the BBC favors Burma. From a historical perspective, both related to the people of Burma, who now make up the vast bulk of the country's people.
But when the regime renamed the city, they were hoping to use the name "Burmese" for ethnicality and Myanmar for the multi-ethnic nation whose unit they wanted to wage malicious civilian-war. The question of the name itself is of course subordinate to the untidy story from which it originates.
The major theme of this land is of course the question of ethnicity. "How do you build a working unit in such a different land? It is not enough to just rename the state. Much more is needed than that to make us see ourselves as part of this confederation, which is not really a confederation because it is a UK collective created.
Tribal peoples had very little to do with the old kingdoms of pre-colonial times. Burma's current borders have been set by the Brits, and whoever is in government in that land has gotten this confusion.... And that is what this is about... and very quickly, or it will get even worst.
It would be a trade-off if everyone always used the name of the republic, "the Republic of the Union of Myanmar".