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Myanmar may be trying to ´expel´ all Rohingya: UN expert


Myanmar may be seeking to "expel" all ethnic Rohingya from its territory, a UN rights expert said Monday, pushing for a high-level inquiry into abuses against the Muslim minority community. The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights... More

USDP Chairman: ‘Much of Myanmar is in Chaos’


The chairman of the former ruling party of Myanmar has claimed that much of the country is in “chaos” and in need of a “disciplined democracy” as the country prepares for by-elections on April 1. “As people voted... More

China casts a shadow over Myanmar’s peace process


(Exclusive): Fierce fighting has erupted again along Myanmar’s northern border with China. As a result, tens of thousands of refugees have fled the conflict zone. Some 20,000 have escaped across the border, while several hundred have taken refuge... More

Is U Wirathu above law?


U Kyaw Myo Shwe, a follower of U Wirathu, recently opened a case under Burma’s Telecommunications Law against the Myanmar Now journalist at a police station in Mandalay Burma’s second largest city where U Wirathu also lives. Several... More

Over 20,000 People Flee Myanmar to China After Violence Erupted


More than 20,000 people crossed into China from neighboring Myanmar escaping violence between security forces and ethnic rebels, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday. "Military conflict in the northern part of Myanmar over these day... More

Myanmar sees influx of Rohingya refugee returnees


The decision by Bangladesh to house Rohingya refugees who fled the violence of Myanmar, in an uninhabited flood-prone island, in the Bay of Bengal have caused a panic return of this victimized community back to Myanmar. Thousands... More

28 IDPs Detained for ‘Illegal Entry’ to Myanmar


Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday (5 March) afternoon, who the authorities say had illegally entered Burmese territorial waters from St. Martin’s Island of... More

TNLA Attack on Burma Army Base Kills Six


The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a Burma Army base in Mong Yu village of Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Saturday morning, killing six Burma Army soldiers and confiscating weaponry, according to the TNLA. “We found six... More

Myanmar’s Ports to Link SE Asia, South Asia and the Middle East


(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient access to the markets of South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and even as far as Europe. Over the last decade feasibility... More

India to train Myanmar Navy and setup new facilities


Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training for the Myanmar Navy. This was agreed upon during a recent visit of a Myanmar delegation to Kochi. Myanmar will soon send a proposal with its requirements. This... More

Myanmar Army Denies Involvement in U Ko Ni’s Assassination


A top Myanmar military official denied any involvement of the armed forces in the murder of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo said on Wednesday although... More

Myanmar army officially denies reports of abuses against Rohingya


Myanmar's military defended its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim at a rare news conference on Tuesday. In the news conference, it was said the lawful counterinsurgency operation was necessary to defend the country. This is the first time... More

Ko Ni’S Killing: A Political Assasination


Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has broken a month-long silence on the daylight assassination of her advisor, calling his killing a "great loss" for the country's democracy struggle- report AP. Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim... More

Myanmar’s Neighbours And The Peace Process


(Exclusive): China, India and Thailand are all carefully watching Myanmar’s stalled peace process. All these neighbours understand that only a truly genuine peace settlement will guarantee reconciliation, stability and development in the border areas adjacent to these... More

China protests over raid on Yangon plant


China has asked Myanmar to take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens and investors after a Chinese garment factory in Yangon was targeted on Thursday by strikers who damaged property, stole personal belongings and prevented some workers... More

Arakanese Politicians Threaten to Boycott Panglong Peace Conference


Arakanese politicians say they will boycott the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference unless the government approves a national-level political dialogue for Arakan State. In early February, the government’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) decided not to... More

Meeting Minutes Reveal Insights Into Chinese Approach to Burma’s Peace Process


China will not “sit as a judge” regarding armed conflicts between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy of Asian Affairs, has said. The Irrawaddy was able to read the meeting minutes of... More

Myanmar Opts An Asian Pivot


(Exclusive):  Myanmar -- beset with a myriad of internal problems, including a host of border security issues and tensions between the military top brass and the civilian government – is molding an Asia-first foreign policy. In some... More

Third Suspect in U Ko Ni Assassination Plot is ex-army officer


The President’s Office revealed on Wednesday the name of a third suspect involved in the assassination of U Ko Ni, the legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The suspect is Aung Win Khaing,... More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent


Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against Rohingyas following the October attack on a Rakhine border post and later... More

Who killed Ko Ni? Assassination leaves Myanmar on the verge of...


(Exclusive):Many analysts and foreign businessmen fear that recent events in Myanmar have pushed the country to the verge of implosion.The assassination of the prominent Muslim lawyer, KoNi at the Yangon airport has sent shivers through the international... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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