Govt, military discuss ‘Terrorist’ label for Rakhine state militants

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been holding talks with military leaders regarding the labeling of militants in northern Rakhine State as terrorists, government spokesperson U Zaw Htay told The Irrawaddy. “There... More

Yangon government takes first move to bring Reuters to court

The Yangon government has filed a complaint against international news agency Reuters before the Myanmar Press Council over a report about the alleged lack of transparency in the procurement of buses, a senior... More

Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday. They said at least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult... More

BD border patrol beefed up following increased Myanmar military presence in frontier

An increased number of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in Bangladesh-Myanmar border following the same move initiated by Myanmar side. Commander of BGB’s Teknaf battalion Lt Colonel SM Ariful Islam said:... More

Impossible to remove Tatmadaw from politics: Army colonel

The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) cannot be removed from the country’s politics, according to an official from the military’s National Defense College (NDC) at a panel discussion on civilian-military relations during the Forum on... More

Govt Comments on Enhanced Security in Rakhine

Amid a recent uptick in violence and recently deployed Myanmar Army troops in Rakhine State, the State Counselor’s Office issued a press release on Friday condemning extremist acts and emphasizing its efforts toward... More

Myanmar Buddhists protest against aid in Rakhine

Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said. Buddhist monks... More

Pope courting Asia again with Myanmar, Bangladesh trips

When Pope Francis touches down in Asia this November, for his fourth visit to the region in as many years, it will do much to underline his regard for the peripheries of the traditional Catholic... More

Peace top priority – Aung San Suu Kyi

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the top priority for the country noting that the country had suffered due to civil wars and without peace, there can be... More

India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims

India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state... More

Myanmar sends hundreds of troops to Rakhine as tension rises

Myanmar has sent hundreds of soldiers to beef up security in northwestern Rakhine state after a recent spate of killings, military sources said on Friday, fuelling fears of yet more violence and instability... More

‘March of democracy unstoppable in Myanmar’

The march of democracy is unstoppable in Myanmar, despite obvious challenges, says Myanmar's information minister Dr Pe Myint. In an exclusive interview to Mizzima on the eve of the 'Forum for Myanmar's democratic transition',... More

Myanmar accounts for 1.6 percent of world rubber export

There are more than 90 rubber exporting countries around the globe, with Asian countries accounting for 80 percent of the world rubber export, while African countries export 8.5 percent. Between April 1 to July... More

Forum to focus on Myanmar’s road to democracy 

A three-day “Forum on Myanmar’s Democratic Transition’ in Nay Pyi Taw will bring together more than thirty speakers from the country and abroad on August 11-13, 2017 in an exercise to review the... More

Lawmakers denounce large defense budget

Defense budget spending under the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government remains high and still lacks transparency, members of Parliament told The Irrawaddy. “Every year, the defense budget is the highest, we’d like to... More

State Counsellor’s office issues announcement on protest camps

The State Counsellor’s Office has issued an announcement thanking people for not joining protest camps in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi. This announcement was issued on August 6 under the title ‘Thanks to People’. Some monks... More

MoU on Kyaukphyu SEZ likely in August

An MoU between China and Myanmar relating to a national-level framework for the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is likely to be signed by August, a spokesperson of Kyaukphyu SEZ Management Committee told The Myanmar Times. Currently,... More

Aung Sang Suu Kyi touts peace efforts in visit to Myanmar heartland

Myanmar leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told villagers at the heart of the country on Monday that talks with ethnic rebels must be a priority, after putting peace negotiations ahead of economic reforms... More

Myanmar govt probe finds no campaign of abuse against Rohingya

A government-appointed commission on Sunday cleared Myanmar security forces of systematic rape, murder and arson against Rohingya Muslims, dismissing United Nations' (UN) allegations of widespread abuses during a recent crackdown. The commission examined the... More

Violence follows confrontation between villagers, police in Rakhine

Hundreds of people from Outt Nan village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State’s Rathedaung Township resisted security forces on Friday when policemen attempted to arrest men suspected of being militants, according to the State Counselor’s... More

World Islamic body OIC tells Myanmar to protect rights of Rohingya minority

Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the southeast Asian nation to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbors... More


Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More


The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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... More