All lives matter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Hundreds of people gathered outside Yangon’s City Hall this morning waving flags, releasing balloons, and bopping gleefully to techno music. They were waiting for the big screen mounted on the building to come on and broadcast a highly anticipated speech by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi about the situation in Rakhine State. Right ...

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Myanmar leaders must nurture the country’s many potential ‘Aung La Nsangs’

Myanmar leaders must nurture the country’s many potential ‘Aung La Nsangs’

by Maung Zarni In our long-running civil wars and waves of racial and religious violence, how many Aung La Nsangs have we killed, maimed or otherwise destroyed? On Friday, in...

Invest in Myanmar, says a guy who invested in Myanmar

Invest in Myanmar, says a guy who invested in Myanmar

by Anthony Larmon In an article posted last week titled “Don’t Invest in Myanmar, Here’s Why”, a young Mr. Reid Kirchenbauer encourages the good readers of his InvestAsian...

Banning Ma Ba Tha was pointless and dangerous

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....

The U Ko Ni I knew

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Aung San Suu Kyi is making wartime rape easier to commit

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...

After Rohingya man shot dead in Duchiridan, conflicting stories emerge

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...

Rohingya insurgents are not committing terrorism; the Tatmadaw might be

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...