The U Ko Ni I knew

In April last year, I took a foreign journalist to the downtown house of a prominent lawyer and government advisor in Yangon This was around the time that the newly elected National League for Democracy was trying to carve out a role for its longtime leader Aung San Suu Kyi  The military-drafted constitution prevents anyone with foreign children or a spouse from becoming president, and her two sons...

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Why Myanmar youth are ditching their adopted English names

Optimism & despair: Obstacles remain as Aung San Suu Kyi enters second year in power

In February 2016 Myanmar saw its first freely elected government in more than half a century sworn in to parliament But while change is happening, a more inclusive and democratic...

Optimism & despair: Obstacles remain as Aung San Suu Kyi enters second year in power

Marry a pregnant woman or face jail time: The government’s latest effort to “advance” women’s rights

The Myanmar government is drafting a new law that would penalize a man for living with a woman without marrying her, AFP reported yesterday Under the law, a woman would...

Marry a pregnant woman or face jail time: The government’s latest effort to “advance” women’s rights

Aung San Suu Kyi is making wartime rape easier to commit

Former human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi is leading the Myanmar government’s campaign to make sure that nothing is done to protect women from sexual assault by the military...

Aung San Suu Kyi is making wartime rape easier to commit

After Rohingya man shot dead in Duchiridan, conflicting stories emerge

While Aung San Suu Kyi sweet talked the nine other Asaen foreign ministers about her government’s military operations in Rakhine State on Monday morning, a photo (graphic) of...

After Rohingya man shot dead in Duchiridan, conflicting stories emerge

Rohingya insurgents are not committing terrorism; the Tatmadaw might be

A report published today by the International Crisis Group identifies the attackers who killed nine police officers in northern Rakhine State on October 9 as members of a group...

Rohingya insurgents are not committing terrorism; the Tatmadaw might be

A Burmese repat reflects on dwindling tolerance in the region

Shine Zaw-Aung, a Burmese graduate of Stanford University and a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, relocated to Myanmar in 2013 and founded First...

A Burmese repat reflects on dwindling tolerance in the region

Open letter from a repat: Why you shouldn’t come back to Myanmar if you are under 25

The below essay was originally published on Facebook by a female repat who wishes to remain anonymous This edited version has been produced in collaboration with her “I...

Open letter from a repat: Why you shouldn’t come back to Myanmar if you are under 25

Op-ed: Boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar?

This article was written by Trevor Wilson and was first published by New Mandala, the leading website on Southeast Asia politics and society based at the ANU Coral Bell School...

Op-ed: Boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar?

Op-ed: Women need a voice in Myanmar’s vibrant start-up scene

This article was written by Moe Thet War, an English Literature student and tech journalist It’s no secret there’s a start-up boom going on in Myanmar right now The...

Op-ed: Women need a voice in Myanmar’s vibrant start-up scene