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Myanmar pushes back 3rd session of Panglong Peace Conference to May


Due to the delay in convening national level dialogues, the planned third session of the 21st-Century Panglong Union Peace Conference (UPC) has been moved to early May. The tentative date was agreed at the Joint... More

Myanmar forces amass along Bangladesh border


In a sudden move, the Myanmar security forces has once again heightened its presence in the no man’s land between Bangladesh’s Konarpara and Myanmar’s Tambru border points, sparking fears among the Rohingya people stranded... More

Suu Kyi should oppose Myanmar military or resign, says fellow Nobel Prize...


Myanmar leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should try to stop military atrocities against Rohingya civilians or resign, said fellow Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman. Rights groups and United Nations investigators have collected evidence of widespread... More

Rakhine a human slaughterhouse of recent times: UN


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has described Northern Rakhine in Myanmar as one of the most prolific ‘slaughterhouses’ of humans in recent times. He said not enough was done, early... More

EU agrees to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals


European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday (Feb 26) to prepare sanctions against Myanmar generals over the killings of Rohingya Muslims and to strengthen the EU arms embargo, accusing state security forces of grave... More

Rakhine bombings spread Myanmar’s ethnic conflict


Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state was riven with more violence early Saturday morning (February 24) when three small bombs detonated in the state capital of Sittwe. The bombs, one of which exploded at the residential compound... More

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Bangladesh border fence


Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its... More

Myanmar bulldozes what was left of Rohingya Muslim villages


The 18-year-old said other homes in the same area that had been abandoned but not damaged were also flattened. “All the memories that I had there are gone,” she said. “They’ve been erased.” First, their... More

Four Rohingya Sentenced to Death for Deadly 2016 Attack in Rakhine


Four Rohingya involved in an attack on a police outpost in northern Rakhine State in October 2016 were sentenced to death on Friday (Feb 23) by a special court in the state’s Maungdaw District. The... More

Myanmar to get five more TV channels


Five privately-run Myanmar companies will start television broadcasting as early as this year in a major step toward the democratization of the country's media. The companies, including DVB Multimedia Group, a major critic of Myanmar's... More

Saudi Arabia suspends fish imports from Myanmar


Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended fishing imports from Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation. Saudi Arabia’s general authority for food and medicine suspended aquaculture products from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to the... More

Myanmar rejects EU call for independent investigation into Rohingya exodus


In response to an EU parliamentary delegation’s demand for an independent investigation into alleged suppression of Muslim minorities in northern Rakhine State, the Myanmar government has said it does not believe any foreign investigation... More

Israel plans post harvest warehouses in Myanmar’s Mandalay


An Israeli company is in talks with the government to build warehouses within a year to help farmers with post-harvest production in Mandalay Region. Avri Bar Zur, chief agronomist at Oz Agribusiness Projects and Investments... More

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to provide info on ARSA


Myanmar has urged Bangladesh to investigate and provide information about the list of ‘terrorists and criminals’ belonging to the ARSA, which had been previously sent to Bangladesh, says Myanmar media. Myanmar union minister for home... More

UN rights envoy says Suu Kyi complicit in persecuting Rohingya


The UN Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar has claimed that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be complicit in the systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims. In an interview with Channel 4... More

KIA in Myanmar forms 2 new brigades


The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has formed two new brigades, increasing its total number of brigades to 10. The KIA is active in Kachin State and northern Shan State, and its new brigades are Brigade... More

US urges UN to hold Myanmar military accountable for ‘ethnic cleansing’


The United States described Myanmar denials of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as “preposterous” as it called on the UN Security Council to hold the military accountable and pressure leader Aung San Suu Kyi... More

Two ethnic groups sign up to Myanmar’s ‘broken’ peace process


Two armed ethnic groups will sign on to a ceasefire in Myanmar on Tuesday (Feb 13) in a ceremony the government hopes will showcase a significant victory for a peace process derided as ‘broken’... More

Security forces facing action over village killings, says Myanmar


Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar‘s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday (Feb 10), adding it was... More

Report on Myanmar massacre ‘alarming’, need Investigation: UN


The United Nations on Friday (Feb 9) described the details of a February 9 Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a... More

Japan affirms military ties with Myanmar army


Japan has affirmed its defence cooperation with Myanmar despite international criticism of the country’s government and military over the handling of the northern Rakhine crisis. Kentaro Sonoura, special adviser to the Japanese prime minister on... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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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