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The never-ending Rohingya genocide


The genocide against the (remaining) Rohingya in Myanmar is “ongoing” and the government has no interest in establishing a fully functional democracy. That was the conclusion of the most recent report published by the UN Fact-Finding Mission... More

India, Myanmar agree to take on insurgents


India and Myanmar have agreed to take action against insurgent groups operating within their territories. Both sides also agreed to cooperate in preventing smuggling of wildlife and narcotic drugs. The two countries also agreed to strengthen cooperation on... More

Myanmar court frees journalists on bail in incitement case


A Myanmar judge on Friday freed on bail three journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper detained on incitement charges after publishing an article that raised questions over government spending. Eleven Media’s chief reporter, Phyo Wai Win, and... More

India, Myanmar discuss connectivity projects; to ink pact for seamless cargo, traffic...


India and Myanmar on Friday discussed various projects to enhance bilateral connectivity, besides agreeing to ink a pact for seamless movement of cargo and traffic, an official statement said. Myanmar Minister for Communication and Transport U Thant Sin... More

China and Myanmar railway talks back on track


China and Myanmar have decided to look into the feasibility of constructing a railroad from Muse near the Chinese border to Mandalay in central Myanmar, the South China Morning Post reported on October 24. The decision comes four... More

China, Myanmar sign MoU on feasibility study of Muse-Mandalay railway


China and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday to conduct feasibility study of a railway linking Muse, a border town in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state, with Mandalay, the country's second largest city in the... More

India, Myanmar review ties, sign port operator agreement


India and Myanmar on Monday reviewed all matters related to their bilateral ties, including the Rohingya refugees crisis, and signed a crucial memorandum of understanding for the appointment of an operator of port that will boost connectivity. According... More

Myanmar’s economy in danger of standing still


As hopes of a new, prosperous future for Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi have dramatically disappeared, the country’s business community is paying the price of a stumbling economy and pleading for government help that is unlikely... More

Malaysia gets spillover effect over Myanmar’s Rohingya issue, says Mat Sabu


Myanmar could not regard the Rohingya ethnic issue as merely a domestic problem because Malaysia also gets the spillover effect, says Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (pic) . He said there were currently more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees in... More

Myanmar’s foreign trade reaches over 1 bln USD in 2 weeks


Myanmar's trade with foreign countries reached 1.18 billion U.S. dollars as of Oct. 12 in fiscal year 2018-19 which started on Oct. 1, the Commerce Ministry said on Saturday. During the period, the country's export amounted to 473... More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s estranged brother fights to sell lakeside home, the...


The crumbling lakeside villa, which served as Aung San Suu Kyi’s prison for 15 years during her house arrest, has become the source of a bitter family dispute between the Myanmar state counsellor and her brother.Top of... More

Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip


April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi assuming the position of state councillor of Myanmar. Despite predictions that Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy would weaken the country’s long-standing relationship with Beijing, the security... More

Nine UN Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry


The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said... More

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?


A little more than a year ago, Myanmar’s military carried out what the United Nations has called a campaign of genocide and war crimes against the Rohingya minority, driving almost 1 million people from their homes. The... More

Facebook bans more Myanmar military-linked accounts for spreading propaganda


Facebook has removed nearly two dozen more accounts and pages linked to Myanmar’s military, which the U.N. is investigating for possible charges of genocide during its campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Facebook announced the removal... More

Rohingya: ‘Better to kill us in India than deport us to Myanmar’


Jafar Alam sits by a small grocery shop in the Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area. A police officer who visited the camp had asked Alam to fill a six-page "personal data" form. Alam refused. "Today,... More

Can Myanmar find internal peace with its ethnic rebels? Aung San Suu...


Senior figures from Myanmar’s military and government will meet ethnic minority armed group leaders in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, as part of plans to move ahead with the country’s stalled peace process. The meeting, which marks three... More

Myanmar’s claim to St. Martin’s Island irks Bangladesh


Tensions at the diplomatic front between Bangladesh and Myanmar had escalated last Saturday after Myanmar ambassador U Lwin Oo was summoned by the Bangladesh government to explain why St. Martin’s, an island in the Bay of Bengal... More

Singapore agency predicts a positive forecast for Myanmar economy


Ships and gantry cranes at the Asia World Port Terminal, located along the Yangon city river, in Yangon. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP A positive forecast and outlook in terms of recovery of Myanmar’s economy is presented by a... More

China to hold 70% stake in Myanmar’s planned strategic seaport


Myanmar will hold a 30 percent stake in its strategic deep-water seaport project led by cash-rich China, giving Beijing a 70 percent interest, under their final agreement reached during recent talks between the two countries, according to... More

Israel aiding and abetting Myanmar’s genocidal regime


“Historically, whenever there was a US embargo , Israel filled the gap.” – Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist who fights for greater transparency in Israel’s military exports Israel has been bad news for the Myanmar... More

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Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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