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Oxford college drops Aung San Suu Kyi from common room’s name


Undergraduates at the Oxford college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove the Myanmar leader’s name from the title of their junior common room because of... More

U.S. Lawmakers urge Trump to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military


More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar’s military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown... More

Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya: Amnesty


Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for... More

China to take 70 percent stake in strategic port in Myanmar


China has agreed take a 70 percent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s... More

EU to suspend invitations to Myanmar top Army officers


The European Union (EU) and its member states will suspend invitations to the Commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces and other senior military officers and review all practical defence... More

World Bank withholds $200 million Myanmar loan


The World Bank has delayed a US$200 million loan to Myanmar amid intensifying international pressure over the exodus of more than 500,000 self-identifying Rohingya from Rakhine State. In a statement... More

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar


Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs... More

OIC calls for imposing sanctions on Myanmar


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the international community to reconsider its economic and diplomatic relations with Myamar. In a statement on Sunday (Oct 15), OIC expressed deep... More

Mystery surrounds deaths of Hindu villagers in Myanmar mass graves


Two weeks after the bodies of 45 men, women and children were unearthed in mass graves in Myanmar, the mystery over who carried out the massacre in a Hindu... More

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River could fuel more conflicts in the country


Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis.... More

Myanmar army chief says Rohingya Muslims ‘not natives,’ numbers fleeing exaggerated


Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his... More

Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus


A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist network had a major role... More

Tourists shun Myanmar in wake of Rakhine crisis


Although Myanmar is entering peak season for tourism, tour operators and industry officials have reported a drop in visitors because of the recent conflict in Rakhine State. Union of Myanmar... More

West edges towards punishing Myanmar army leaders over Rohingya crisis


The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the... More

Myanmar army rejects ARSA on final ceasefire day


The Myanmar Army rejected a one-month unilateral ceasefire announced by a Muslim militant group in Rakhine State that comes to an end on Monday. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the... More

China reinforces mediation call as Rohingya crisis spirals


Without alienating Bangladesh, China is backing Myanmar, setting the stage of mediation between the two countries to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian and refugee crisis. On September 28, China flew 2,000... More

Rohingya insurgents open to peace but Myanmar ceasefire ending


Muslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery... More

Lack of access to Myanmar’s Rakhine state ‘unacceptable’: UN


The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday. "The... More

Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king


The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents' attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing Saudi... More

US lawmakers urge action on Myanmar


U.S. lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. "It is very important that we get reporters on the ground, that we... More

Rohingya crisis: UN ‘suppressed’ report predicting its shortcomings in Myanmar


The UN commissioned and then “suppressed” a report that criticised its strategy in Myanmar and warned it was ill-prepared to deal with the impending Rohingya crisis, sources have told... More

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New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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... More