Suu Kyi visits Thailand: World Economic Forum | Bangkok Post: learning

Learning > Learning Together (เรียนภาษาอังกฤษไปด้วยกัน)

Suu Kyi visits Thailand: World Economic Forum

Level switch:
- +

Aung San Suu Kyi leaves Burma for 1st time in 24 years (15 year house arrest), begins historic trip to Norway to receive Nobel Prize won 21 years ago. 


In photo above Aung San Suu Kyi gives a speech to supporters during a 2012 election campaign with the flag of Burma's opposition party the National League of Democracy (NLD) behind her  (Source: Wikipedia).

Click button to listen to Suu Kyi Visits Thailand to download

Suu Kyi to visit Karen camp

26/05/2012
Post Reporters and DPA

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit a Karen refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak province on Thursday during her visit to Thailand.

The visit comes at the request of the Karen National Union, which invited the Nobel Peace Prize winner to see the living conditions of Karen refugees who had fled the fighting in Myanmar.

Many Karen refugees also wanted to see the 66-year-old democracy icon, a senior KNU official said on Saturday at the KNU base opposite Mae Sot district in Tak.

Mrs Suu Kyi is preparing to make her first trip outside of Myanmar in 24 years, about 15 of which were spent under house arrest by the military junta.

She will also attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF), being held in Bangkok from Wednesday to Friday.

Myanmar President Thein Sein will also attend the forum and is scheduled to deliver a speech on the country's future on Friday.

Thein Sein has initiated several reforms since taking office in March 2011, including opening political dialogue with Mrs Suu Kyi that has paved the away for her entry into mainstream politics.

Mrs Suu Kyi has a busy schedule in Europe later in June. On June 14 she will attend the annual meeting of the UN International Labour Organization in Geneva.

She is scheduled to give her belated Nobel Peace Prize address in Oslo two days later -- 21 years after winning the award.

She will then travel to Britain to celebrate her birthday on June 19 with her two sons, who live there.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Suu Kyi to visit Karen camp, 26/05/2012, Post Reporters and DPA, link

Politics of Burma Vocabulary

Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma's internationally famous opposition politician (See Wikipedia)

Suu Kyi - Short for "Aung San Suu Kyi"

opposition - of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน ผู้ต่อต้าน
opposition political party
opposition leader

National League for Democracy (NLD) -
Burma's political party that has opposed the military junta for decades (See Wikipedia)

World Economic Forum (WEF) -
"an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment" (See Wikipedia)

World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF)
- a regional meeting of the World Economic for the East Asia region (See website and YouTube)

Karen - a group of people who speak their own language and have their own culture who live mainly in Burma; many are Christian, also many living along the Thai-Burma border กะเหรี่ยง (See Wikipedia)

refugee
- someone who leaves their country, fleeing from a bad political situation especially a war or other danger ผู้ลี้ภัย
refugee camp - a place in another country where refugees can live until the problems in their own country have ended
Karen refugee camp - a place in Thailand where Karen refugees who escaped from Burma live (until they can go back to their home)

border - the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
Thai-Myanmar border - the line between Thai and Burma (that says where each country begins and ends)

icon - someone who is very famous and who people think represents a particular idea ดาราหรือบุคคลผู้มีชื่อเสียงที่เป็นตัวแทนของสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง
democracy icon - a famous person who represents the idea of democracy in the minds of many people

Karen National Union (KNU) - the political and military organization representing many Karens along the Thai-Burmese border north of Mae Sot (See Wikipedia)

official -
a high level member of an organization (making decisions and acting  as a spokesperson for organization)
KNU official

base - a place from where an activity can be planned ฐานที่มั่น
KNU base

Nobel Peace Prize - an important prize awarded each year to a person who has worked for peace somewhere in the world, to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses" (See Wikipedia)

address - a formal speech ปราศรัย
Nobel Prize address - Nobel Prize lecture, the speech that winners of the Nobel Prize give that presents their ideas and work (See Wikipedia)

Suu Kyi to visit Karen camp. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit a Karen refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak province on Thursday during her visit to Thailand. The visit comes at the request of the Karen National Union, which invited the Nobel Peace Prize winner to see the living conditions of Karen refugees who had fled the fighting in Myanmar. Many Karen refugees also wanted to see the 66-year-old democracy icon, a senior KNU official said on Saturday at the KNU base opposite Mae Sot district in Tak.

under house
arrest - cannot leave their house (like a jail or prison but they can stay in their own home)
military junta - a group of military offers that governs a country, usually without having been elected รัฐบาลทหาร

forum
- a place where people discuss and debate issues; express their ideas and opinions การประชุมแสดงความคิดเห็น
attend the forum - go to and participate in a forum

scheduled - planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา

deliver a speech - give a speech to a group of people
scheduled to deliver a speech

Mrs Suu Kyi is preparing to make her first trip outside of Myanmar in 24 years, about 15 of which were spent under house arrest by the military junta. She will also attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF), being held in Bangkok from Wednesday to Friday. Myanmar President Thein Sein will also attend the forum and is scheduled to deliver a speech on the country's future on Friday.

initiated - created; started ริเริ่มโดย
reforms - improvements in the way that government works
initiated reforms - started reforms and improvements to a system
initiated several reforms

dialogue - formal talks between opposing countries, political groups, etc. การสนทนา, การอภิปราย
political dialogue
opening political dialogue
opening political dialogue with Mrs Suu Kyi

paved the away for - helped something happen; took action to make something happen

mainstream - the usual or normal way of doing something or thinking about something ที่กำลังได้รับความนิยมหรือแนวโน้มที่สำคัญ   ทั่้วๆ ไป ทางหลัก
mainstream politics - the usual politics (being a political candidate and serving in parliament)

Thein Sein has initiated several reforms since taking office in March 2011, including opening political dialogue with Mrs Suu Kyi that has paved the away for her entry into mainstream politics.

annual - happening once a year ประจำปี
meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
annual meeting - a meeting that takes place once every year

International Labour Organization (ILO) - the UN organization that works for labour rights around the world (See Wikipedia)

belated -
happening late, a long time (after when it should have happened)
award - a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision รางวัล

Mrs Suu Kyi has a busy schedule in Europe later in June. On June 14 she will attend the annual meeting of the UN International Labour Organization in Geneva. She is scheduled to give her belated Nobel Peace Prize address in Oslo two days later -- 21 years after winning the award. She will then travel to Britain to celebrate her birthday on June 19 with her two sons, who live there.

More on this topic

Bangkok Post online classifieds

Try buying & selling goods and properties 24/7 in our classifieds which has high purchasing power local & expatriate audience from within Thailand and around the world.

0 people commented about the above

Readers are urged not to submit comments that may cause legal dispute including slanderous, vulgar or violent language, incorrectly spelt names, discuss moderation action, quotes with no source or anything deemed critical of the monarchy. More information in our terms of use.

Please use our forum for more candid, lengthy, conversational and open discussion between one another.

  • Latest
  • Oldest
  • Most replied to
  • Most liked
  • Most disliked

    Click here to view more comments