Obama plans historic trip to Burma

On his first international trip since being elected to a second term, US President Barack Obama will visit Burma later this month. The White House announced Thursday that Obama would attend an international economic summit in Cambodia, then stop in Thailand and in Burma, where he’ll meet with Aung San Suu Kyi (whom he met when Suu Kyi visited the US earlier this fall) and  President Thein Sein.

No sitting US president has ever visited Burma or Cambodia. Some human rights groups, including the US Campaign for Burma, expressed concerns that Obama’s visit to Burma might be premature as the country transitions to democracy, and urged Obama to cancel the visit. Ethnic violence is prevalent in Burma, and many political prisoners are still being held. Read more at the New York Times.

(Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy)