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Buddhism in Myanmar: Extremism Galore

The actions of the fundamentalists is causing great tension and turmoil in Myanmar, as well as threatening the lives and property of the Rohingya people.…

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Today, the Rohingya people of your country need you, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. …

The Pitfalls of Economic Counterinsurgency Strategies in Myanmar

The Pitfalls of Economic Counterinsurgency Strategies in Myanmar

The idea of pacifying ‘unruly areas’ with spoils of economic development has increasingly shaped military counterinsurgency campaigns world-wide. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military has attempted to win the…

Telecom Investments Threaten Privacy Rights in Burma

Telecom Investments Threaten Privacy Rights in Burma

The World Bank may be dangling the prospect of affordable cell phones in Burma at the expense of freedom of expression and privacy rights. Foreign investment in Burma’s underdeveloped telecommunications…

Genocide And Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People in Myanmar

Genocide And Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People in Myanmar

Make no mistake about it: the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar has all the ingredients of a full-fledged genocide.…

Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

Congressional requests for the administration to rationalize its policy to “extend the hand of friendship” to Burma’s former military dictators have been repeatedly ignored.…

In Burma, There is No ‘Communal Violence’

In Burma, There is No ‘Communal Violence’

It is a fool’s errand to attempt to resolve anti-Muslim violence in Burma without recognizing and addressing the government’s role. …

An Entrenched Military Role in Myanmar

The military intends to remain an inherent element and play a vital role in Myanmar politics, at least for the foreseeable future.…

Myanmar: Ethno-Resource conflict in Rakhine state?

The Rohingya issue is seen less as a clash between religions and more of an ethnic and economic problem within Myanmar’s rapidly developing economy, according to a Times of India…

Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar’s Own Good

Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar’s Own Good

Making the constitution more democratic and inclusive is for Myanmar’s own good. And solving the decades-old minority problems is essential for peace and prosperity.…

UK, France Must Pressure Myanmar

While extending all the necessary assistance to rebuild Myanmar, London and Paris must continue to apply pressure to prompt further democratic reforms.…

TIME Magazine Highlights Myanmar’s Religious Problem

A reconciliation program will have a chance to succeed when Buddhists and Muslims are willing to compromise on their differences by respecting each other’s identity and culture. …

The Economics of Human Trafficking

Trafficking of Kachin women and children is emerging as a serious crisis.…

Kachin State in Myanmar: China’s Objectives and Strategies

Kachin State in Myanmar: China’s Objectives and Strategies

China’s mediation in the Kachin-Myanmar conflict is harvesting results, as the parties reached a tentative truce on 31 May.…

Challenges Ahead for Suu Kyi’s Political Ambition

Challenges Ahead for Suu Kyi’s Political Ambition

Since she has transformed from a political prisoner and human rights advocate to a politician with a desire to become head of state, Suu Kyi is taking a pragmatic approach.…

Religious Tolerance Key to Myanmar’s Democracy

Failure to take necessary remedial measures could plunge the country into a society of perpetual suspicion and anxiety among the different religious groups.…

The Politics in Name: ‘Myanmar’ versus ‘Burma’

The Politics in Name: ‘Myanmar’ versus ‘Burma’

Since the issue is historical as well as political, the usage of one name over the other still carries political significance, although both names basically refer to one particular group…

A Conspicuous Trend in the Myanmar Transition

A Conspicuous Trend in the Myanmar Transition

Rather than being satisfied at Myanmar’s piecemeal release of prisoners for each concession it makes, the West should be insisting that the government release all political prisoners in its custody.…

Rohingya Population Control: The Onslaught in Burma Continues

Rohingya Population Control: The Onslaught in Burma Continues

No words can suffice to describe the plight of the Rohingyas who are trying to survive an unprecedentedly violent ethnic purge, with support and complicity of the Burmese government and…

Quid Pro Quo Diplomacy in US-Myanmar Relations

Quid Pro Quo Diplomacy in US-Myanmar Relations

Thein Sein’s visit comes less than a year from President Obama’s visit to Myanmar last November, the first sitting US President to have visited the country. …

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