US lawmakers urge action on Myanmar

U.S. lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. "It is very important that we get reporters on the ground, that we... More

Rohingya crisis: UN ‘suppressed’ report predicting its shortcomings in Myanmar

The UN commissioned and then “suppressed” a report that criticised its strategy in Myanmar and warned it was ill-prepared to deal with the impending Rohingya crisis, sources have told... More

Myanmar replaces Maungdaw Border Guard Police Chief

Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs reshuffled the police brigadier-generals of Myanmar Police Force, with the Border Guard Police Force commander of conflict-torn Maungdaw Township being replaced. Former chief of Mandalay... More

UK Prince Charles’s tour of Southeast Asia leaves out Myanmar

Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but the heir to the throne will not visit Myanmar, after a spate of violence and allegations... More

10,000 Rohingya poised to enter Bangladesh as exodus swells again

More than 10,000 Muslim Rohingya have massed in Myanmar near a crossing point into Bangladesh, apparently poised to join an exodus across the border due to food shortages and fear... More

Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour over Rohingya criticism

An honour bestowed on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the city of Oxford has been withdrawn as a reaction to her perceived inadequate response to the plight... More

‘60pc of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar are children’

Many of the unaccompanied children are highly distressed or traumatised as they have been through a dreadful experience while fleeing Myanmar and travelling long distances to Bangladesh through rain... More

Diplomats, UN witness Northern Rakhine devastation

Twenty diplomats who visited conflict-torn areas of northern Rakhine on a government-sponsored tour on Monday called on Myanmar authorities to fully investigate allegations of human rights violations, allow unimpeded... More

Egypt’s Hasm militants claim attack targeting Myanmar embassy

Egyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya... More

Rakhine crisis leads Europe to put off IPA signing

The inking of the investment protection agreement (IPA) between the European Union and Myanmar has been put off until an unknown date. On September 14, the Committee on International Trade... More

Myanmar sends minister to Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya issue

Amid the growing pressure on Myanmar, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is now sending her representative to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government. Minister of the Office... More

‘The frictions in the Rakhine state are less about Islamophobia than Rohingya-phobia’

Photographs of terrified Muslim men, women and children fleeing the Rakhine state of Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh in the last few weeks have made the global community take note of... More

New deal with Myanmar Red Cross to boost aid in Rakhine: Turkish...

A renewed cooperation deal with Myanmar Red Cross will help the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) access hard-to-reach places in Myanmar's state of Rakhine, where people have been suffering as... More

Economics and Democracy: Myanmar’s Myriad Challenges

The furor in the international community over the actions of the Myanmar armed forces in Rakhine state in recent weeks has led to widespread criticism of the civilian National League for... More

The Rohingya issue: The need for humanistic retrospection

That the Rohingya community is one of the most victimized of communities, hounded and subject to that of a stateless position, is clear to the world. Also clear is... More

UN human rights council extends Myanmar mission until september 2018

The U.N. Human Rights Council decided on Friday to extend the mandate of a fact-finding mission in the country by six months, until September 2018, as requested by the... More

US ups pressure on Myanmar as refugee exodus tops 502,000

More than 50 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were missing after their boat capsized, with 20 confirmed dead, Bangladesh police said on Friday, as a new surge in the numbers... More

Oxford college removes painting of Suu Kyi over ‘atrocities against Muslims’

The Oxford college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied as an undergraduate has removed her portrait from public display and placed it in storage, in a move that follows... More

UNSC speaks up against Myanmar but no punitive action is envisaged yet

After ignoring for years the smoldering Rohingya Muslim-Burmese Buddhist conflict in North Western Myanmar (apparently in the interest of bolstering the regime of “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi)... More

U.S. envoy to U.N. demands Myanmar prosecutions, weapons curbs

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient... More

Mayanmar govt says it is ready to register, resettle muslim refugees

The Mayanmar government plans to begin registering and resettling Bangladesh’s Rohingya Muslim refugees in northern Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State “as soon as possible,” according to Myanmar’s social welfare and... More


Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... 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


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