Has Daw Aung San Suu Kyi taken on too much?

At a luncheon last week, a British businessperson with interests in Myanmar told me that in his view State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has taken on too... More

Myanmar ‘resented’ Indian claims of hot pursuit in its territory

Myanmar “deeply resented” the Narendra Modi government boasting in June last year that Indian troops had entered its territory in hot pursuit of secessionists in Manipur and Nagaland, a... More

Burma Army Postponed Meetings with Counterparts in Bangladesh

Is Myanmar avoiding discussions with Bangladesh regarding the Rohingya issue? It appears so, with the situation created after 9 policemen were killed in a terrorist attack on Bangladesh border... More

Myanmar: Interfaith marriage push met with opposition

Buddhist nationalists, feeding off the fear and uncertainty caused by successive waves of anti-Muslim violence, have issued fiery pronouncements that the very fabric of the Myanmar's main religion is... More

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... 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... 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... More

Govt cuts flow of migrant workers to Malaysia amid diplomatic spat

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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... More

Myanmar’s major challenge is Electricity, demand Predicted to Double By 2020

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... More

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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More


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



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