Abortion is illegal in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, but many women still seek access. Illegal abortions are a leading cause of maternal death there.
Residents of Myanmar are welcoming President Barack Obama during his second diplomatic visit to the nation also known as Burma. While the country has taken modest steps toward ending military rule, activists like Zin Mar Aung, worry that Obama's trip might legitimize the slow pace of reform.
Myanmar's workers were granted new job protections and rights to organize almost two years ago. Yet organizing can cost workers their jobs.
August 8 marks the 25th anniversary of a peaceful "people power" uprising in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Christopher Gunness, who was a BBC reporter in Burma in 1988.
In Myanmar, there are hard truths that keep people here poor. It's difficult to reach schools and hospitals. And even with micro-finance programs, it's hard to build up farms. So is Myanmar's drastic political changes having any effect?
Despite its ongoing transition from authoritarian rule to democracy, Myanmar is still facing serious tensions among its various ethnic groups. Anchor Marco Werman discusses those tensions with The World's Aaron Schachter.
The former military regime in Myanmar established a leadership group for monks called the Sangha Council. It's supposed to set policy for tens of thousands of monks. But as Bruce Wallace reports, it's largely ineffectual and increasingly irrelevant.
As the world watches Myanmar's fitful reforms, some of the country's citizens living abroad are weighing a return home. Reporter Bruce Wallace talks with two Myanmar graduate students in New York City about their plans.
Myanmar has undergone dramatic political change. Myanmar President Thein Sein is hoping that will mean more US investment in his country. But, American companies are going to face some challenges in Myanmar. Patrick Winn is a reporter with Global Post.
About a half million people in Myanmar, also known as Burma, devote their lives to Buddhist practice and live in monasteries. Bruce Wallace has the story of two monks who are about to "graduate" and are trying to figure out what's next for them.