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January 21, 2011

Burma’s New Military Law

Burma’s new military law states that men between the ages of 18-45 and women between the ages of 18-35 can be drafted into the army. They must register at age 18. Young adults in Burma say they do not want to serve because of other conflicts.



Burma’s New Parliament Will Convene on January 31st

Filed under: Burma/ Myanmar,Feature Story,Interviews,News,VOA Burmese Service — voaburmese @ 6:39 pm


Burma’s state media announced on January 11th that Burma’s new parliament sessions will convene on January 31st, the first time in 20 years. They will be holding their meeting 3 months after Burma’s general elections which took place on November 7th 2010.




Military Burial

We’ve been following the story of a Burmese marine who died at age 20, as he was fighting for the country he loved, the United States. We wanted to show you what a military funeral looks like and how the United States commemorates its soldiers, and here it is:


January 13, 2011

The Death of a Marine

On January 1st, 2011, Maung P. Htaik also known as Samuel was killed during a combat in Helmund, Afghanistan. Helmund is known to be one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan. Htaik came to the United States from Burma in 2002. Family and friends say that he died fighting for the country he loved and believed in.



English Version:


Burmese Version:


January 7, 2011

Shan Princess

Once upon a time in a far away land, called the Shan state of Burma, Ella Sao Tern Moen was a princess. Now she lives in the United States. In an interview with Voice of America’s Burmese Service, Ella opens up about her life in Burma and what happened to her family.


January 6, 2011

2010 in review- Thanks for Your Comments and Visits!

WordPress sent an email of the blog’s health and stated that we deserved a big ” WOW” for the total of 86,000 views and hits we received on the blog, since our first launch in August 2010. Within four months ( from August to December), we are ecstatic that everyone is keeping up to date with Burma through the blog and VOA Burmese’s website. We wish you a Happy New Year and hope to see many more visits!



The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 86,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 120 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 224 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 137mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 13th with 3,392 views. The most popular post that day was What’s in a Name? Burma or Myanmar.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were voanews.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, search.conduit.com, and csw.org.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for burma, rose, voa burmese, amnesty international, and voaburmese.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


What’s in a Name? Burma or Myanmar August 2010


Amnesty International Urges Action on Burma Probe September 2010


Burmese Girls and Modern Fashion July 2010


Burma’s General Resigns August 2010


Burmese Girl Pop Band on Freedom of Expression August 2010

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