ASEAN talks summoned over “Rohingya issue”

Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority, reports the country’s news media.   More... More

India-built Myanmar seaport ready to open

The deep seaport built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. The strategically important facility will start its operation formally next month, Vikram... More

Myanmar’s MPs Express Frustration with Ministers

Myanmar’s lawmakers are increasingly frustrated by what they say is ministers’ ignorance of the everyday problems facing citizens. Members of Parliament accused ministers of merely reading out documents prepared by subordinates in... More

Govt cuts flow of migrant workers to Malaysia amid diplomatic...

The Ministry of Labour suspended the pipeline of workers going abroad to Malaysia amid a diplomatic spat between the two ASEAN nations over the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. The Ministry of... More

“False news” blamed for diplomatic difficulties

Malaysian armed forces chief General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin met with Myanmar’s president U Htin Kyaw to smoothen the ties between the two sides following recent diplomatic sparring over violence in Rakhine... More

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... 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... 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... 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... More

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

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... More

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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More


Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More


Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... 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... More

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