Myanmar: Security Forces Raped Rohingya Women, Girls

New Eyewitness Accounts Show Systematic Attacks Based on Ethnicity, Religion Myanmar government forces committed rape and other sexual violence against ethnic Rohingya women and girls as young... More

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trend of Silence

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has remained noticeably silent regarding the death of National League for Democracy (NLD) legal advisor U Ko... More

Myanmar army killed and raped in Rohingya ethnic cleansing:...

  Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims since October, burning their villages in a campaign that probably amounts to... More

Strategic equations block solution to Rohingya crisis

The Rohingya crisis is one of the most widely discussed issues in the world right now. A population of more than three million Rohingyas, the... More

ASEAN and the Rohingya Crisis

The worsening plight of Muslim Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could soon imperil the country’s government, as well as the reputation of its leader,... More

NLD’s First Budget, Defense Ministry Asks for 14 Percent...

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government has set a budget of nearly 21 trillion kyats ( 1US $=1362 kyats) for the 2017-18 fiscal year,... More

Rohingya citizenship must to solve crisis: Rakhine commission

The visiting Rakhine commission stressed the need for granting citizenship to Rakhine Muslims and ensuring their dignity to find a lasting solution to the current... More

A strong organization behind U Ko Ni murder

Strategic consultant and Burma expert Bertil Lintner has known U Ko Ni by name for a long time, ever since he became acquainted with the... More

Partial Police Document Shows Conspiracy Behind U Ko Ni...

The gunman who shot and killed National League for Democracy (NLD) lawyer U Ko Ni on Sunday was hired by a person named Myint Swe,... More

U Ko Ni: Remembering a powerful voice against oppression

This week people in Myanmar were forced to confront the kind of country that it is becoming. On 29 January 2017, U Ko Ni, a... More

China’s modern ‘Silk Road’ plans discussed at Yangon meeting

A recent briefing looking at China’s One Belt One Road strategy and Myanmar opportunities was held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The Briefing was... More

NLD Legal Advisor U Ko Ni Assassinated

Prominent NLD legal advisor U Ko Ni was gunned down in the car parking area at Rangoon International Airport as he returned Sunday afternoon from... More

Experts, expats worry about Myanmar’s draft foreigner laws

Two draft laws concerning foreigners are sending shockwaves through the expat community and could undermine the government’s stated priorities in attracting responsible foreign investment and... More

USDP and Allies Call on Security Council to Intervene

Myanmar’s main opposition party and its allies called on the National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) to intervene in security and rule of law issues... More

UN criticises Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslim minority

A United Nations (UN) human rights investigator on Friday criticized Myanmar's crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, and urged the military to respect the law... More

UN Rapporteur ‘Satisfied’ with Arakan Tour

UN Special Rapporteur to Burma Yanghee Lee said her tour of northern Arakan State was “very useful” despite a number of “hitches” as she wrapped... More

NCA signatories wants to meet State Counselor, Myanmar Army...

A coalition of eight armed groups who signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) have requested a meeting with the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu... More

Myanmar government finally acknowledging Rohingya crisis?

Has Myanmar government finally started to contemplate Rohingya crisis and reasons behind the crisis? For a long time, they remained silent on the Rohingya issue... More

Migrant workers attacked: Myanmar relation with Malaysia dip

The death of five Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia has further deepened the already strained relations between the two Southeast Asian nations. The workers were... More

Israel Rejects Call to Suspend Weapons Exports to Burma

Israel’s defense ministry rejected a call from human rights activists and lawyers in the country to suspend military exports to Burma. Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer Eitay... More

Myanmar’s Commission finds no evidence of genocide in Rakhine

An investigation commission set by Myanmar’s government reported that there is no evidence of genocide of religious oppression against Rohingya Muslims in Maungdaw of Myanmar's... More


Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of a major economic take off. “Myanmar is like a plane running on the runway in... More

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration,... More

Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More



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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