EU sanctions Myanmar generals over Rohingya; Myanmar says two are fired

The European Union imposed sanctions on seven senior military officials from Myanmar on Monday, including the general in charge of an operation accused of driving more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. Within... More

Myanmar’s NLD govt between a rock and hard place over Rakhine issue

An attempt  to block a government decision for a foreigner to be included on another commission on Rakhine State was tabled, debated and defeated in the Pyithu Hluttaw on June 11. The National League... More

Myanmar, China to sign MoU on economic corridor project

Myanmar is discussing with China to implement Myanmar-China economic corridor project, according to Myanmar Investment Commission. Aung Naing Oo, Director-General of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration said: “Myanmar and China will sign a contract... More

ICC gives Myanmar deadline over Rohingya case jurisdiction

Judges at the International Criminal Court have given Myanmar a deadline to respond to a prosecution request that they consider hearing a case on the alleged deportation of Rohingya minorities to Bangladesh. In a decision... More

Rakhine Advisory Commission stands by recommendations after review

Myanmar government’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State has determined that the recommendations it made 10 months ago to settle communal tensions in the restive region, just before the outbreak of the latest round of... More

China wants to restart disputed Myitsone dam in Myanmar

Suspended by the Myanmar government in September 2011, the US$3.6 billion project would have flooded 600 square kilometers of forest land and 90% of the electricity was earmarked for export to China. At the... More

Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya’s very name

The tragedy of the Rohingya Muslims of Burma began with the forced expulsion of more than a half-million Rohingya people from northern Rakhine state to neighboring Bangladesh, a brutal army operation undertaken in response... More

Myanmar military orders tycoon to rebuild colonial-era building

The Myanmar military has ordered a prominent businessman to rebuild a heritage site his company demolished to make way for a US$500 million high-rise construction project in Yangon’s Bahan township, according to The Irrawaddy,... More

EU interest in Myanmar market tamed by Rakhine crisis

The EU is exercising more caution when making investment decisions involving Myanmar. This is due to recent instability at the country’s borders, including the ongoing refugee problems in Rakhine, members from the bloc said... More

‘Who is ruling Myanmar?’: Military representative

Showing disapproval of the government’s decision to include a foreign expert on a new commission that will investigate widespread allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine State, a military representative asked, “Who is ruling... More

Rohingya deserve non-violent leadership

In August 2017, the flight of 700,000 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar produced the world’s newest refugee crisis – and one of its worst. Now stuck in miserable camps in Bangladesh, the Rohingya have little... More

Myanmar gov’t holds rare top-level security meeting on Rakhine State

Key National Defense and Security Council members including the president, state counselor, Army chief and other senior Myanmar officials met at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw on Friday to discuss the latest developments in... More

TNLA claims 3 Myanmar soldiers killed in clash in Namtu

Three Myanmar Army soldiers were killed yesterday in a clash with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Namtu Township, northern Shan State, according to a TNLA source. TNLA spokesperson Major Tar Aike Kyaw told... More

Safety and ‘identity’ key for Rohingya returnees: UN chief in Myanmar

Safety and “identity” need to be in place for Rohingya Muslim refugees who return to Myanmar, the head of the United Nations in the country said on Wednesday, as Myanmar and UN agencies signed... More

Myanmar gov’t mulls closing IDP camps

The Myanmar government is considering closure of the remaining internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the country under a strategic plan, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday. There has been more than... More

Myanmar, China to ink bilateral agreement on border trade

Myanmar and the government of Yunnan, China will sign a bilateral trade agreement when U Than Myint, Minister of Commerce, visits the Kunming Trade Fair this month. The agreement, once signed, will facilitate the legal... More

Myanmar says willing to take back all Rohingya refugees

Myanmar is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday. He was speaking at... More

Chinese whispers in Yangon as Myanmar weighs Rohingya deal with UN

The Myanmar government is in a bind. In order to stave off Western sanctions for its alleged mistreatment of the Rohingya minority, it is considering signing a memorandum with UN agencies that would set... More

Myanmar stalling on end to child soldier recruitment: UN

Myanmar has not done enough to fulfil its promise to end the use of child soldiers and underage recruitment may even be on the rise, a top UN official said Tuesday. The military and a... More

Myanmar continues Rohingya ethnic cleansing, says US

The Trump administration says ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine... More

China’s $7.5 Billion Myanmar port ‘crazy,’ Suu Kyi adviser says

The $7.5 billion price tag for a Chinese-built deep-sea port in the Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu was “crazy” and “absurd,” according to a key adviser to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. China’s CITIC Group,... More


India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More