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Myanmar cancels UN visit to Rakhine: Report


The United Nations said a visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state which was due to take place September 28 had been cancelled by the authorities, the BBC reported. The visit was... More

UN chief: Myanmar violence could spread, displace more Rohingyas


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that the violence against Myanamar's Rohingya Muslims in the northern part of Rakhine State could spread to central Rakhine, where 250,000... More

Myanmar Govt will take over burnt Rohingya land


Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was... More

China affirms support for Myanmar on Rakhine issue


Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang showed his support for the Myanmar government’s handling of the issues in Rakhine State, assuring that China would stand “firmly” by Myanmar on... More

Myanmar lies at UN, says no ethnic cleansing, genocide against Muslims


The envoy objected "in the strongest terms" to countries that used those words to describe the situation in Rakhine State.Reports AP. Hau Do Suan used his "right of reply" at... More

UN Security Council to meet on Myanmar Thursday


The UN Security Council will meet Thursday to discuss the violence in Myanmar and hear a briefing from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the crisis, diplomats said. Britain, France, the... More

The Shame of Myanmar


The continuing campaign to exterminate the Rohingya people in Myanmar summons the memory of Srebrenica. In Srebrenica, UN troops stood idle as thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys... More

Mayanmar govt urges UNFC to cooperate with peace process


The government’s Peace Commission on Monday urged the ethnic bloc of nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) non-signatories the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) to cooperate with the government to achieve... More

Myanmar military plan to strike a new ethnic balance in Rakhine


A military plan to strike a new ethnic balance in Rakhine state's conflict-ridden northwest means a minority of the 420,000 refugees now languishing in Bangladesh will likely ever return... More

Rohingya crisis’ origin, solution lie in Myanmar: UNHCR chief 


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Monday reiterated its position saying both the origin of and solution to the Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar. Reports UNB. “The origin... More

UN reports drop in Rohingya arrivals in Bangladesh


UN agencies in Bangladesh say there has been a notable drop over the past two days in the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. But a spokeswoman for... More

Dancing with Suu Kyi


New Delhi’s relationship with the de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, seems to have snowballed into a diplomatic debacle following her recent address to the Myanmar... More

Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast


Myanmar's army chief on Saturday (Sept 23) blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires... More

Japan vice-minister pledges support for Union government on Rakhine issue, donates US$1...


Myanmar’s Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye separately received Japan Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Iwao Horii and representatives from Christian... More

U.S. pressing Suu Kyi, Myanmar military over Rohingya: Haley


The United States is worried about the “tragedies” in Myanmar affecting Rohingya Muslims and U.S. authorities are pressing government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military leaders to... More

People’s tribunal finds Myanmar guilty of Rohingya genocide


The Myanmar government is guilty of genocide against the Rohingya people and other Muslim minorities, according to the international Permanent Peoples' Tribunal. The seven-man panel tribunal announced its verdict after... More

Suffering has a name


Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and often of... More

Myanmar, Britain cease officer training over Rakhine operations


The Myanmar Army said on Wednesday they will never again send officers to Britain for training after the the British government announced it was suspending its training program with... More

Iran seeks to lead islamic nations’ “crusade” against ‘genocide of Rohingya’


Iran has stepped in to facilitate the resolution of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar by calling upon Islamic nations, most notably rich Gulf States, to demonstrate solidarity with Burmese... More

Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine


Myanmar’s vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country’s Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been... More

Aung San Suu Kyi award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis


One of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response... More

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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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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