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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

Myanmar-China oil pipeline: Positive signal for bilateral relation


Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up,... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major... More

Torturing and Raping of Royingya Muslims: UN launch investigation


The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of Burmese security forces killing, raping and torturing... More

Some answers from Annan’s Rakhine Commission


(Exclusive): The situation in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state poses perhaps the biggest test for the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi. It is one... More

People enjoy Myanmar Int’l Lighting Festival 2017


People visit the Myanmar International Lighting Festival at the People's Park in Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2017. Image Source: Xinhua/U Aung More

Myanmar Parliament Approves Reduced Budget for 2017-2018


The Union Parliament approved a budget of 20.59 trillion kyats for the 2017-2018 fiscal year on Friday—lower than the proposed budget of more than 20.89... More

Myanmar must work to close Rohingya camps, says Kofi...


Myanmar should immediately start letting Rohingya Muslims return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led... More

Myanmar approves diplomatic ties with Vatican


Myanmar's parliament approved forming diplomatic relationships with the Vatican on March 10. Approval comes after meetings between high-level church officials and State Counselor Aung San... More

Singapore senior minister Goh on 3-day visit to Myanmar


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore arrived in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on a three-day visit on Tuesday (March 14). During the visit ESM... More

NVC: Ploy to deny Rohingyas citizenship rights!


The government of Myanmar is playing the same old card, previously played by the military junta. The authorities have stepped up the controversial National Verification... More

Myanmar may be trying to ´expel´ all Rohingya: UN...


Myanmar may be seeking to "expel" all ethnic Rohingya from its territory, a UN rights expert said Monday, pushing for a high-level inquiry into abuses... More

USDP Chairman: ‘Much of Myanmar is in Chaos’


The chairman of the former ruling party of Myanmar has claimed that much of the country is in “chaos” and in need of a “disciplined... More

China casts a shadow over Myanmar’s peace process


(Exclusive): Fierce fighting has erupted again along Myanmar’s northern border with China. As a result, tens of thousands of refugees have fled the conflict zone. Some... More

Is U Wirathu above law?


U Kyaw Myo Shwe, a follower of U Wirathu, recently opened a case under Burma’s Telecommunications Law against the Myanmar Now journalist at a police... More

Over 20,000 People Flee Myanmar to China After Violence...


More than 20,000 people crossed into China from neighboring Myanmar escaping violence between security forces and ethnic rebels, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said... More

Myanmar sees influx of Rohingya refugee returnees


The decision by Bangladesh to house Rohingya refugees who fled the violence of Myanmar, in an uninhabited flood-prone island, in the Bay of Bengal have... More

28 IDPs Detained for ‘Illegal Entry’ to Myanmar


Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday (5 March) afternoon, who the authorities... More

TNLA Attack on Burma Army Base Kills Six


The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a Burma Army base in Mong Yu village of Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Saturday morning, killing six... More

Myanmar’s Ports to Link SE Asia, South Asia and...


(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient access to the markets of South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

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

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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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