from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Thant, U 1909-1974. Burmese diplomat who served as the secretary-general of the United Nations (1961-1971).


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  • Now, after a period of uncertainly during the changeover, it appears as if U Thant is going to secure a modest success.

    Why So Much Gloom?

  • We didn't, lowering anchor in about 36 feet of water about 100 feet south of U Thant Island, a rocky outcropping populated by cormorants, opposite the U.N.

    Hooking Edible Tourists

  • This is the story that Thant Myint-U tells in "Where China Meets India," wondering what will happen as India and China antagonists in the postwar era nudge closer together by way of Burma.

    The New Roads Of Mandalay

  • On the unfolding new map of Asia, Thant Myint-U notes, Burma will be the only country without access to Western markets and Western learning.

    The New Roads Of Mandalay

  • These have pushed Burma ever closer to China, argues Thant Myint-U: "As Western rhetoric in favor of an immediate democratic transition became more shrill, China's steady declarations of friendship and pledges of 'non-interference in the internal affairs of Myanmar' as the Burmese dictatorship renamed the country in 1989 rose in value."

    The New Roads Of Mandalay

  • An American-born Burmese scholar, Thant Myint-U has written extensively on Burma and is well-placed to explore the possibilities.

    The New Roads Of Mandalay

  • Thant Myint-U has been tracking these plans and believes that they promise "nothing less than a new map of Asia."

    The New Roads Of Mandalay

  • If left untreated, the children - Shin Aw Ba Tha, Hell May Say, Surin, and Thant Zin Win - face critical illness or death.

    Brad Balfour: Mini Conference and Fund Raiser Being Held This Weekend to Address Burmese Human Rights Issues

  • Thant Myint-U, an author and political scientist who has written extensively on Burma, believes that the biggest barrier to political development is the country's desperate poverty - per capita gross domestic product is less than $500 - and that any change will be contingent on economic development rather than elections.

    First Burmese elections in 20 years set for Sunday

  • As the actual history of that period of Jordanian rule is not well known, let me quote at some length from a letter by Yosef Tekoah, Israel's ambassador to the UN, addressed to UN Secretary-General U Thant.

    O Jerusalem


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