Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s security firm setting up shop in Myanmar: report

Erik Prince, founder of scandal-plagued private military contractor Blackwater, is making a move into the Myanmar security market. The Myanmar Times has reported that Prince’s Frontier Services Group, a Hong Kong-based logistics and security company, will be providing security solutions for foreign investors working in the country. “As a Hong Kong-listed company, FSG has established ...

Politics

Muslim leaders forced to deny discrimination by Bago authorities: rights group

Muslim leaders forced to deny discrimination by Bago authorities: rights group

Only hours after Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday told residents of Bago state that she would work to address concerns about religious discrimination in the citizenship registration...

Myanmar military form investigative body to look into 2017 ARSA attacks

Myanmar military form investigative body to look into 2017 ARSA attacks

Myanmar’s military hasn’t given much credence to date to investigations by Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and the UN that have dubbed their actions in Rakhine...

2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge to open tomorrow

2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge to open tomorrow

The 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge, spanning the Moei river and linking the border towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy, is set to open tomorrow, with Thai junta leader Prayut...

State Counselor Suu Kyi encourages citizens to ‘widen perspective’ on controversial dam

State Counselor Suu Kyi encourages citizens to ‘widen perspective’ on controversial dam

Yesterday, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi encouraged residents of Pyay Township in Bago Region who are concerned about the possible resumption of the controversial Myitsone dam...

Myanmar army uses helicopters, fighter jets against civilians in Rakhine

Myanmar army uses helicopters, fighter jets against civilians in Rakhine

Fighting near Rakhine’s capital of Sittwe reached a fever pitch last night when the Myanmar military used helicopters and fighter jets against civilians in a week-long clash...

Karenni youth issue Sunday deadline for removal of Aung San statue

Karenni youth issue Sunday deadline for removal of Aung San statue

A flare-up last month in eastern Kayah State, which saw thousands of protesters dispersed in a hail of rubber bullets, will not be the last word in the fight over a new statue of...

Tanintharyi chief minister charged with corruption, bribery: ACC

Tanintharyi chief minister charged with corruption, bribery: ACC

Daw Lei Lei Maw, chief minister of Tanintharyi state and an NLD party member, was arrested on Sunday along with three directors of Global Grand Services (GGS), a power supply and...

Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

The people responsible for the atrocities that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar’s Rakhine state will be held to account, an...

Rights group slams new land law, says Myanmar’s poor, displaced most at risk

Rights group slams new land law, says Myanmar’s poor, displaced most at risk

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the Myanmar government to halt the implementation of a controversial land management plan they say could potentially turn millions of...


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Coconuts Yangon Politics

This was the big buzzword of 2015 and 2016. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to election victory in November of 2015 and formed a government in April 2016. This ended some five decades of military-controlled rule. In September 2016, the US dropped its remaining sanctions on Myanmar. But many problems remain. The military still controls 25 percent of parliament. Suu Kyi was barred from the presidential post because of a clause in the 2008 constitution – written by the military – preventing anyone with a foreign spouse or children from holding the post. She has one British son and one American son. Instead, she took the jobs of foreign minister and state counsellor, and her close aide Htin Kyaw was nominated for the presidency, giving her the leeway to still make all the decisions and represent the country as its de facto leader. For her administration to succeed, it will need to address an intimidating list of priorities, including making peace with several ethnic armed groups in the country and helping to resolve tensions in Rakhine State between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Needless to say, stories about Myanmar politics are abundant on Coconuts Yangon.