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Denial, defiance and propaganda: Myanmar’s reply to decries to Rohingya abuses


Plainclothes police hovered around him. The elderly Rohingya man was too afraid to talk. He was gathered with dozens of other men, staring blankly at journalists on a government-led trip Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. He is among the... More

WB cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%


The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s... More

Myanmar delegation arrives in Kathmandu to study about Nepal’s peace process


A Myanmar delegation led by chairman of the Joint Monitoring Committee at Union level (JMC-U) has arrived in Nepal to study about the Himalayan country's peace process, a foreign ministry press statement on Friday said. The delegation led... More

Myanmar’s Economy in Peril as EU Weighs Trade Punishment Over Rohingya


The European Union is considering re-imposing tariffs on imports from Myanmar and Cambodia, a top official said Friday, a step that would hit both economies hard as the bloc intensifies pressure over human rights violations and democratic... More

EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis


The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said. The sanctions, under discussion at the European Commission,... More

Myanmar should revise laws used for political aims: US panel


The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) has said Myanmar’s state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government “have failed to fulfill” its promise not to “arrest anyone as political prisoners”, according... More

Asean FMs urge prosecution over Myanmar atrocities


Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged Myanmar to prosecute those responsible for a brutal military crackdown against its Muslim Rohingya minority, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told his country’s Parliament on Tuesday. Due to the political sensitivities surrounding the... More

TNLA, Myanmar army engage in two days of clashes near Muse


Fighting broke out between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) in Muse and Kukai townships in northern Shan State over the weekend, displacing around 200 people, according to local sources. The fighting... More

Malaysia will no longer support Aung San Suu Kyi says Dr M


Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. In an interview with Turkish international news... More

Myanmar attends ASEAN-U.S Foreign Ministerial informal meeting


Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin attended the Informal ASEAN-U.S Ministerial Meeting held at Lotte Hotel in New York on September 27, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). During the meeting, Lao’s Minister of Foreign Affairs... More

New York poster campaign says Myanmar military chief ‘wanted for mass murder’


Amnesty International has launched a campaign in which posters placed around New York City declare Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing “wanted for mass murder”. The posters have been plastered on sidewalks on 30 locations around... More

Rohingya issue is between Myanmar and Bangladesh, says China diplomat at UN...


China wants international community to play ‘constructive role’ in finding a resolution after voting against investigation into human rights abuses China’s top diplomat has said the Rohingya issue should not be complicated, expanded or “internationalised”, as the United... More

As Rakhine issue deepens, Myanmar’s businesses fast losing confidence in economy


Amid the growing international outcry over its handling of the Rakhine issue, the Myanmar government has sought some respite by boosting economic growth. But the country’s business community has been left cold by the government’s recent drive... More

Myanmar’s delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return, Bangladesh PM says


Bangladesh’s leader accused neighboring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year, and said in an interview late Tuesday that under... More

Suu Kyi: from Myanmar’s icon of democracy to collaborator in the Rohingya...


It “could have been handled better” must be the most anaemic, dismissive public comment by a national leader concerning one of the world’s most disastrous contemporary tragedies. Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor (virtual prime minister) of... More

Myanmar army chief says ‘no right to interfere’ as UN weighs Rohingya...


Myanmar’s army chief on Monday warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at the United Nations to find ways to hold the country’s powerful generals accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year. In his first public... More

As West recoils, China surges south in Myanmar


A massive monument depicting four Chinese figures wheeling a large circular object, determined faces pointed directly south, stands in the Chinese border town of Jiegao opposite Muse in Myanmar. The Chinese language characters on the base of the... More

Rohingya crisis to dominate BD PM’s UN visit


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who left Dhaka on Friday morning, is expected to reach New York this afternoon to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly where she will make specific proposals for a permanent solution to... More

Myanmar, Vietnam to promote bilateral trade


Entrepreneurs from Myanmar and Vietnam will cooperate to promote bilateral trade in the years to come as trade relations between the two countries has dropped this year, according to a ceremony to hold the Vietnam and Myanmar... More

UN urges war crimes investigation in Myanmar


On August 27th, the United Nations released the report of its fact finding mission Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The report said that Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated... More

Myanmar’s Army commander in chief visits India’s Eastern Command


The nine-member delegation was led by Vice Senior General Soe Win A nine-member delegation led by Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-chief, Def Services & Cdr-in-Chief (Army) of Myanmar visited the Indian Army’s Eastern Command headquarters on... More

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Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

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

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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