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Nationalist Mob Closes Two Islamic Schools in Rangoon


Two madrasas near downtown Rangoon were sealed off by an alleged Buddhist nationalist group on Friday evening, making the accusation that the Islamic schools were... More

Suu Kyi Rejects National-level Political Dialogue in Arakan State


State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has again rejected the Arakan Liberation Party’s (ALP) request to hold an ethnic-based national-level political dialogue in Arakan... More

Chinese Officials Push for Kyaukphyu SEZ to Move Forward


During a trip to Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township on Monday, Chinese official Wang Yajun emphasized that his country aims for the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone... More

Myanmar rapped at UN!


US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added Myanmar to her list of usual suspects of concern when it comes to human rights during... More

Myanmar’s ‘Great Game’ enters volatile new phase


In late March the US naval ship Fall River—a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel—arrived at Yangon’s Thilawa Port as part of a disaster preparedness training... More

Maungdaw Begins Late Thingyan Celebrations


Despite the Thingyan festival ending throughout Burma on Sunday, conflict-torn Maungdaw in northern Arakan State is celebrating the annual water festival from Monday until Thursday,... More

Suu Kyi contemplating China prospect after strained relation with...


Aung San Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of Myanmar’s NLD government is now facing a dilemma in her relationship with the West, which analysts point... More

US Ambassador to Burma: ‘We Urge All Parties to...


In an interview at the US Embassy in Rangoon recently, The Irrawaddy’s editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talked to the US Ambassador to Burma, Scot Marciel... More

Myanmar-China ties reach new height overcoming differences


The cooperative relations between China and Myanmar has entered a new phase overcoming Beijing’s political hostility with Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD government in... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar)... More

China says oil pipeline deal finally reached with Myanmar


China and Myanmar have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due... More

MYANMAR INCREASINGLY PIVOTS TO BEIJING


President Htin Kyaw’s official six-day visit to China – just concluded -- is highly significant. For it reflects Myanmar’s increasing tilt towards Beijing, in the... More

China’s support crucial to NLD governance


Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in China for his state visit last week, his first Beijing trip since assuming office. The two sides are... More

UN pushes Myanmar to release detained Rohingya children


The UN children's agency UNICEF has called on Myanmar's government to release Rohingya children detained as part of a sweeping military campaign in Rakhine state. More... More

Myanmar Ethnic delegations meet in Chiang Mai


A two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, concludes on Thursday between two ethnic negotiating teams – the Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN), which represents the... More

Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline to commence next month


After a two-year delay, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline is expected to begin operating in May, officials said. The respective parties of Myanmar and China were... More

NLD Dismisses Regional Heads for By-election Blunder


The National League for Democracy (NLD) party has stripped the heads of Karenni State and Hpruso Township of their positions for failing to field a... More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Awkward Anniversary


(Exclusive): Myanmar’s democracy icon and Nobel peace prize laureate - Aung San Suu Kyi – has just completed her first year in power. Her performance... More

NLD won almost half of the seats in by-elections


The National League for Democracy won almost half of the seats that were contested in by-elections on Sunday, the first vote since it dominated elections... More

Suu Kyi’s new govt faces first test at Myanmar...


Aung San Suu Kyi's government will face its first test at the ballot box on Saturday (April 1) in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a... More

Disenchanted Myanmar: Suu Kyi will step down if people...


For decades Myanmar's people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy... More

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Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree Hotel located in Dhaka’s hyper rich residential area. Reports say, two girls were invited to a party... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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