Kunming ceasefire foray quickly falls apart

Attempts over the past weekend to mediate a ceasefire between factions fighting in northern Shan State quickly derailed due to competing aims and arguments over who could participate. China’s foreign ministry had attempted to broker the talks,... More

Shan State Peace Talks Fall Apart

Scheduled peace talks fell apart on Thursday, and conflict continued between four ethnic armed groups and the Burma Army in northern Shan State, according to ethnic armed group leaders. Representatives of the Northern Alliance had planned to discuss... More

Suu Kyi ‘legitimising genocide’ of Rohingyas

The army crackdown against Muslim Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, perceived to be the most persecuted community in the world, has been continuing for over a month, amid protest across the globe. The crackdown continues... More

Why is no one helping Myanmar’s Rohingya?

Myanmar is currently in the throes of a massive humanitarian crisis. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya are fleeing persecution. Boarding overcrowded boats (and often enduring horrific conditions), they’re going to countries scarcely able to help them — or... More

Myanmar’s major challenge is Electricity, demand Predicted to Double By 2020

The electricity sector is a major focal point in Myanmar now.  After Suu Key government came to power they are focusing on employment and growth of the economy. One of the major barriers to achieving this goal... More

Burma’s Abused, Intimidated LGBT People Long for Acceptance in New Era

RANGOON — When police in Burma’s biggest city Rangoon arrested Chew Su Khin, a young transgender woman, for the third time in a year, they removed her hair extensions and set them on fire, stripped her naked... More

Rohingya Crackdown in Myanmar:  Fear of Refugee Rise

Amid the ongoing operation in Muslim Rohingya dominated areas in northern Rakhine state of Myanmar, fear of a new wave of refugees has been created. The country’s military authority acknowledged to the media that at least 34... More

Free expression still elusive in Myanmar

Out of 180 countries, Myanmar ranked 143 in the press freedom index for 2016 by Reporters Without Borders, a media freedom watchdog worldwide. Against the  backdrop of this, the county on 4 October 2016 abolished the decades-old... More

Fear grips Rakhine Muslims as troops pour in

Fear gripped Myanmar Muslims residing in the state of Rakhine as troops hunted attackers behind recent deadly raids on police at the town of Maungdaw, which claimed 17 people including nine police officers. Troops have poured into... More

Continued plight could push Rhohingya to adopt violent solutions

SA Monirot Desk   Decade long plight of Rohingya people, a Muslim group how have been struggling for years for attaining civil and other rights in Rakhine state of Myanmar, may push them to extreme path again. The recent... More


Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More



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