NLD denies reports of Suu Kyi’s imminent retirement

A spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) on Sunday denied reports that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be retiring any time soon. “There are reports that Daw Aung San... More

Suu Kyi ally looks set for Myanmar presidency

A close ally of Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi took a step closer to becoming the country's new president after the lower house overwhelmingly voted for Win Myint as its candidate on... More

No pension, gratuity for Myanmar’s outgoing president

Outgoing President U Htin Kyaw, who resigned on Wednesday, is not entitled to a pension or gratuity or any allowance. Only presidents who have completed their terms are entitled to a gratuity and pension, and... More

Who Will Be Myanmar’s Next President?

The resignation of President U Htin Kyaw came as no surprise but ended months of speculation in Myanmar. U Htin Kyaw has been receiving medical treatment in Bangkok and Singapore since late last year... More

ASEAN leaders tackle Rakhine crisis and urge South China Sea calm

Australia and its ASEAN neighbours vowed to boost defence ties while stressing the importance of non-militarisation in the disputed South China Sea Sunday at a summit where the "complex" Rohingya crisis took centre stage. Leaders... More

Myanmar’s new Air Force Chief has risen rapidly through the Ranks

The leadership of Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, has seen frequent reshuffles in recent years, with more new blood and new faces being injected into the top ranks. One of them is General Maung Maung Kyaw,... More

‘Beast’ Facebook spreading race hatred: UN investigator

A UN reporter has called out Facebook as a tool for spreading “acrimony, dissension and conflict” in escalating what is now being called a genocide against ethnic Rohingya Muslims at the hands of Myanmar... More

Myanmar forces Burman culture on minorities, erases identity

From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies. Without... More

Myanmar says it has verified fewer than 400 Rohingya for repatriation

Myanmar has only been able to verify 374 Rohingya Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh, officials said on Wednesday (Mar 14), blaming their neighbor for not providing the correct information about the refugees. Nearly... More

How the UN failed Rohingya?

For many, the United Nations (UN) is an indispensable international organization ever created that operates at the core of the emerging global governance structure. The principal aim of the Body is to uphold international... More

Myanmar, China, Bangladesh agree on electric power trading

Myanmar, China and Bangladesh on Friday reached an agreement on electric power trade at a trilateral ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Matters relating to starting trilateral cross-border power trading and its implementation mechanism were... More

Myanmar says it would like to see ‘clear evidence’ of genocide

Myanmar wants to see clear evidence to support accusations that ethnic cleansing or genocide has been perpetrated against its Muslim minority in Rakhine state, National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Thursday. “The vast majority... More

US Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum said on Wednesday (Mar 7) it was stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a prestigious human rights award, accusing her of doing little to halt... More

Myanmar building bunkers, barbed-wire fences in border area

The armed forces of Myanmar continue to build bunkers at Taung Pyo Letwe border area under Maungdaw township of Rakhine state, ignoring the international code of conduct for border regions. The region is also known... More

Myanmar army rejects UK MPs’ ‘one-sided accusations’ about Rohingya

Myanmar’s military has accused British MPs of making “one sided-accusations” about the plight of the Rohingya and denied that any violence, extrajudicial killings, rape and arson was committed in Rakhine state. Dozens of British MPs... More

Bangladesh Islamist group calls for strong action against Myanmar

Bangladesh’s top Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam Chief Shah Ahmed Shafi has urged the government to take strong action against Myanmar over the neighbouring country’s aggressive behaviour. In a media statement, Shafi said Myanmar was indulging in... More

Australia to train Myanmar military despite ‘ethnic cleansing’

The Australian defence department plans to spend almost $400,000 on English lessons, event attendances and training courses for members of the Myanmar military in 2017-18, documents released under freedom of information laws show. Myanmar’s armed... More

Myanmar arrests former Rohingya MP Aung Zaw Win

A former Rohingya MP has been arrested in Myanmar over allegation of financing the insurgent group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Aung Zaw Win, who was MP for Maungdaw in Rahkine for the Union Solidarity... More

Tensions escalate as Myanmar increases troops on Bangladesh border

Myanmar’s increased troop deployment on a strip of land on its border with Bangladesh has once again raised questions about its commitment to repatriating Rohingya refugees. The so-called no-man’s land near the Tambru border point... More

Ethnic Rakhine oppose Rohingya resettlement in Maungdaw

Ethnic Rakhine have told Myanmar's government that they are opposed to Rohingya refugees being resettled in southern Maungdaw in restive Rakhine State. Some 80 people from civil society groups across Rakhine held a meeting in... More

EU for stepping up measures against Myanmar

The European Union has reiterated its full support to resolve the Rohingya crisis, including speeding up restrictive measures against Myanmar. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday (March 2) had a bilateral meeting with... More


Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... 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