Brendan Brady reports on politics, human rights, business, religion, culture and environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific. He works in print, video, photography and radio.
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Soldiers at Your Service

Soldiers at Your Service

After defeating the Tamil Tiger insurgency, in 2009, the Sri Lankan government has resisted calls to drawdown its massive security force. Instead, it has steered the military directly into an expanding range of businesses, perhaps none more conspicuous than tourism.
Economic Growth Could Imperil Yangon's Colonial-Era Buildings

Economic Growth Could Imperil Yangon’s Colonial-Era Buildings

Myanmar is emerging from decades of repression and international isolation. The one-time military government has enacted democratic reforms, and the U.S. and others have responded by suspending sanctions. Now the country is viewed as a promising frontier economy. A rush of foreign investment could rejuvenate the main city, Yangon. But preservationists worry it could also...
Boom Days in Burma

Boom Days in Burma

For decades, Burma was distinguished for its ruling junta’s imprisonment and torture of political dissidents, execution of protesters, violent campaigns against ethnic minorities, and other abuses that made the country a byword for bloody dictatorship. Today, after little more than a year of democratic reform, the dominant description of Burma has changed in many circles...
As Rangoon Races Forward, a Push to Preserve Its Architectural Past

As Rangoon Races Forward, a Push to Preserve Its Architectural Past

Decades of economic stasis has helped preserve the core of what is today the largest collection of late 19th century and early 20th century urban architecture anywhere in Southeast Asia. The reopening of Rangoon promises much-needed renewal but, conservationists worry, could hasten the destruction of these remarkable structures.