A third of Myanmar’s population living in poverty

About 32 percent of Myanmar’s 50 million population, or 15.8 million people, are living in poverty, according to an assessment of the 2015 Myanmar Poverty and Living Conditions Survey. The new report, compiled jointly by... More

Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar under official secrets act

Two reporters from Reuters were detained under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly possessing internal security reports related to fighting between border guard forces and Muslim militants the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in... More

Myanmar team due Dec 19 to take forward Rohingya repatriation process

A team of Myanmar will be here on December 19 to take forward the process of forming a joint working group to start repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told... More

Myanmar govt takes steps to repatriate Hindus who fled to Bangladesh

The Myanmar government is taking steps to repatriate more than 400 Hindus who fled to Bangladesh since August 25 after insurgent attacks on border police prompted counter-insurgency military operations in northern Rakhine State. Union minister... More

Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships visits Myanmar on unofficial visit

A Pacific Fleet squadron has arrived in Myanmar on an unofficial visit on Thursday (Dec. 7), Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolay Voskresensky said. "A Pacific Fleet squadron consisting of the Admiral Panteleev large anti-submarine ship and... More

China says UN resolutions ‘cannot solve’ Rohingya crisis

China said Wednesday (Dec. 6) that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". Beijing voted against a... More

Israeli journalist rejects Myanmar’s attempt to discredit arms deal report

An Israeli journalist whose question prompted Myanmar’s ambassador to Israel to confirm the existence of an ongoing arms trade relationship between the two countries says she stands by her report, even after attempts by... More

UN rights chief says can’t rule out crime of genocide against Rohingya

The United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday Rohingyas were continuing to flee northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where he said the crime of genocide by state forces could not be ruled... More

Myanmar may bring more charges against two jailed foreign journalists

The lawyer of two foreign journalists sentenced to two months in prison for trying to fly a drone near government buildings in Nay Pyi Taw, expressed concern his clients could face more criminal charges... More

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope Francis's embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. On Friday... More

Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

Pope Francis defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue. Speaking to reporters, on... More

Xi backs China-Myanmar economic corridor during talks with Suu Kyi

China and Myanmar have moved a step closer to negotiate the China-Myanmar economic corridor — an initiative that is being given high priority on account of the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) connectivity proposal. On December 1,... More

More than 150,000 Myanmar workers return from Thailand in 5 months

More than 150,000 Myanmar migrants who do not have the proper documents returned home from Thailand between June 29 and November 27 after the Kingdom amended its foreign labour laws with harsh penalties, said... More

Suu Kyi meets China’s Xi amid Rohingya refugee crisis

Amid the Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Friday (Dec. 1) met President Xi Jinping, days after her country's military chief visited China as it seeks to mediate between Myanmar... More

Myanmar says arms selling continue, but Israel denies  

Israeli Foreign Ministry stated categorically on Thursday (Nov 30) that it was no longer selling weapons to Myanmar, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing, amid an international outcry against the arms sales. While admitting... More

Clash between AA, Myanmar army intensifying near Bangladesh, India border

The ongoing clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) are likely to intensify in the coming days, said Khaing Thukha, a spokesperson for the AA, alleging that the Myanmar Army recently... More

Oxford strips Suu Kyi of city’s freedom award over Rohingya treatment

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis. “When Aung San... More

Pope skips Rohingya crisis in Myanmar speech

Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday (Nov 28), but avoided mentioning the Rohingya, or allegations of ethnic cleansing driving huge numbers of... More

Myanmar charges two foreign journalists with immigration violation

A court in Myanmar charged two foreign journalists, who were also facing lawsuits for attempting to fly a drone near Parliament in Naypyitaw, with the additional charge of violating the Immigration Act. The judge U... More

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to visit China amid Western criticism over Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will soon visit Beijing, as the southeast Asian nation appears to draw closer to its northern neighbor, China, amid global criticism over an exodus of Rohingya refugees,... More

Rohingya tragedy

Although Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya population has suffered persecution at the hands of the majority Buddhist community for years, the recent crackdown by security forces against the Rohingya was executed with such unprecedented brutality that... More


Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More


Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... More



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... More