Posts Tagged ‘myanmar

22
Nov
12

Rise and Shine

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NYT: President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m., and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations.

Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the region. As he and Mr. Morsi talked, Mr. Obama felt they were making a connection. Three hours later, at 2:30 in the morning, they talked again.

…. The White House phone log tells part of the tale. Mr. Obama talked with Mr. Morsi three times within 24 hours and six times over the course of several days, an unusual amount of one-on-one time for a president. Mr. Obama told aides he was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence. He sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology. Most important, Mr. Obama told aides that he considered Mr. Morsi a straight shooter who delivered on what he promised and did not promise what he could not deliver.

Full article here

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President Obama talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during a phone call from his hotel suite in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19 (Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, aboard Air Force One during the flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Washington, D.C., Nov. 20. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon listens at right. (Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in the Oval Office, Nov. 21. Chief of Staff Jack Lew, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough listen in the foreground. (Pete Souza)

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone

21
Nov
12

Making History

All photos by Pete Souza – see more here (including captions)

20
Nov
12

Rise and Shine

An exhausting trip: President Obama yawns at the beginning of the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20

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Thank you FoxFire

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19
Nov
12

Rise and Shine: Burma

Yangon International airport, Nov 19

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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Crowds line a street outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi as President Obama arrives to meet her in Yangon

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A Burmese student at Yangon International airport awaiting President Obama’s arrival

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… with Burmese President U Thein Sein at Yangon Regional Parliament

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19
Nov
12

Morning

Morning early birds! I’ll be back soon with a Rise and Shine, but the last thread was getting so long I thought I better post something new – quickly!

See ya soon.

18
Nov
12

Welcome to Burma, Mr President

All times US EST

12:35 AM: President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

1:05 AM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:35 AM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:45 AM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:50 AM: Departs Rangoon en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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5:40 AM Arrives Phnom Penh

6:05 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen

6:35 AM: Attends the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meeting

8:30 AM: Arrives at Diamond Island Convention Center for the East Asia Summit Dinner

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More photos tomorrow

18
Nov
12

President Obama in Burma

All times US EST

Sunday

10:10 PM: President Obama arrives in Rangoon, Burma

(Live link – thanks Meta. Try here too)

10:55 PM: Meets with President Thein Sein

Monday

12:35 AM: Meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

1:05 AM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:35 AM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:45 AM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:50 AM: Departs Rangoon en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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5:40 AM Arrives Phnom Penh

6:05 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen

6:35 AM: Attends the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meeting

8:30 AM: Arrives at Diamond Island Convention Center for the East Asia Summit Dinner

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Not sure where there’ll be live coverage, but try the usual streaming links in the sidebar. If you have any more live links, please leave them in the comments – thank you!

18
Nov
12

Burma & Cambodia – Schedule

A market in Rangoon, Burma, November 18

Monday (in Asia!):

ICT (12 hours ahead of US EST):

9:0 AM: The President departs Bangkok, Thailand en route Rangoon, Burma

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MMT (11.5 hours ahead of US EST):

9:40 AM: Arrives Rangoon, Burma

10:25 AM: Meets with President Thein Sein of Burma

12:05 PM: Meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

12:35 PM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:05 PM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:15 PM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:20 PM: Departs Rangoon, Burma en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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ICT (12 hours ahead of US EST):

5:40 PM Arrives Phnom Penh, Cambodia

6:05 PM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen of Cambodia

6:35 PM: Attends the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meeting

8:30 PM: Arrives at Diamond Island Convention Center for the East Asia Summit Dinner

Details here

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Tuesday: The President will remain in Cambodia for the East Asia Summit. In the evening, he will depart en route Washington, DC.

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AP: The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30pm. Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died. “I heard the shouting,” he recalled. “They shot whoever they saw.”

It was July 7, 1962, the day rage at the military’s recent coup boiled over and a date now seared into the memory of Hla Shwe, who is 75 years old.

“I got the idea that if they used the gun against students, why shouldn’t we use guns to fight them?” he said.

When President Barack Obama speaks at Hla Shwe’s alma mater Monday, he will be treading on ground heavy with political and historical significance….

… “Obama knows very well about the history of Yangon University, I think. This is an enemy place for the authorities,” said Hla Shwe, who fought with Communist insurgents and spent 25 years as a political prisoner. “The American government is trying to show in a delicate way that they are not only working for the government but will also take care of the Burmese people.”

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