Banning Ma Ba Tha was pointless and dangerous

Three days ago, following a wave of anti-Muslim activity in Yangon, a body of Myanmar’s most senior monks ordered the dissolution of the radical Buddhist organization Ma Ba Tha. Unfortunately, a strike against an Islamophobic group is not the same as a step toward pluralism. Ma Ba Tha had been preparing for this moment for

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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...

The U Ko Ni I knew

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

Lights of tolerant pluralism dim one by one in Asia, and Asians seem more certain of what divides them rather than what unites

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

Everyone working in Yangon should read

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?

Clear-headed judgments about the NLD’s capacity to govern are needed, says Trevor

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