Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will make a rare appearance in Congress on Wednesday, testifying via video at a hearing in the House. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent years under house arrest by the military junta ruling Burma, also known as Myanmar. And so, when the invitation to testify came, she was reluctant to leave the country for fear that she would not be allowed back in.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader and Nobel peace prize winner, has issued a passionate manifesto for freedom in an unprecedented international broadcast describing the continuing 21-year-long struggle against Burma's military junta and the inspirational impact of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday her nation hungers for justice and progress and the international community must help lift its workers' grim conditions.Myanmar's pro-democracy icon...said her nation once seemed the most likely success story in Southeast Asia but "has fallen behind almost all the other nations in the region."

A visiting Chinese medical team, on its international tour, launched a free eye surgical treatment campaign in Yangon. The Chinese medical team's "Tour of Sight" will conduct a week-long surgical treatment on cataract patients by surgeons from the No. 1 People's Hospital of Yunnan province.

Pressure is building from governments, companies and nonprofit groups to lift sanctions and “engage” with the regime. With U.S. companies and diplomats mostly absent, China has become the dominant power. The Burmese people remain poor and isolated from the world.

A Chinese film festival will be launched in both Myanmar's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw and the former capital of Yangon next month under the culture exchange program of Myanmar and China. The Chinese film week, which will last from June 11 to 17, will be the first since 2006.

SBY also has a vision of world peace, with his proposal for a triple-track solution for the future of Iraq as an example. However, the President’s most popular vision was perhaps on Indonesia’s soft power diplomacy, which he presented before a UN forum and USINDO in 2007. He envisaged that many conflicts in the world could not reach peaceful solution as actors pursued solely hard power.

Nobel Peace laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to talk with Hong Kong University students via a live video link. The event marks the first time Suu Kyi has accepted an invitation from an Asian university to speak since her release from house arrest.