Opaque Migration Report Leaves Big Gaps in Information

Opaque Migration Report Leaves Big Gaps in InformationThe Rohingya, one of Asia’s most benighted populations, who are being driven out of Myanmar and Bangladesh, often to an uncertain fate and scattered among Southeast Asian nations where they are often sold, kidnapped, raped or murdered, get no mention in a new 230-page report for 2015 by the International Organization for Migration. To say…

Myanmar’s Least-Wanted Political Party

Myanmar’s Least-Wanted Political PartyThe Democracy and Human Rights Party, one of the smallest registered ones in Myanmar’s Nov. 8 general elections, is the only party willing to represent Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims, although they aren’t allowed to use "Rohingya" in their party's name. Campaigning hasn’t gone as smoothly as for other parties. On Nov. 2, 300 people demonstrated…

Myanmar Dares the World’s Next Mass Atrocity 

Myanmar Dares the World’s Next Mass Atrocity Attacks on Rohingya Muslims could escalate ahead of November’s election. Myanmar’s Southeast Asian neighbors must act now. The world’s next mass atrocity may very well take place in Myanmar. Attacks against the ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims threaten to escalate in the runup to elections this November. With few voices standing up for the Rohingya inside…

The Rohingya Crisis and the Politics of Buddhist Violence

The Rohingya Crisis and the Politics of Buddhist ViolenceSome of the most horrific news to have come out of Asia lately has been the plight of the Rohingya, Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine province who have been subjected to tremendous suffering at the hands of the government and their fellow countrymen. At least 25,000 refugees have taken to boats to attempt to escape savage…

Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migrant CrisisThe beginning of the monsoon rains in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, coupled with the international spotlight on human traffickers in the region, appears to have slowed the flight of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar in recent weeks. But once the storms run their course, sometime around October, migrant departures could again erupt and…

ASEAN’s Disgraceful Inaction on Rohingya Refugees

ASEAN’s Disgraceful Inaction on Rohingya RefugeesThis year, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expected to make the ASEAN Economic Community a reality. It is envisioned as a single common market and production base that leads to the freer flow of goods, services, investment capital and skilled labor in the region, tying the member countries into a closely shared…

Reprieve Possible for Yangon’s Colonial Gems

Reprieve Possible for Yangon’s Colonial GemsFrozen in time by decades of shambolic economic mismanagement and an economy closed to international investment, the city of Yangon in Myanmar has a collection of some of the finest colonial buildings in Asia because of British rule, which lasted from 1824 to 1948. The subsequent Burmese Way to Socialism impoverished the country and immobilized…

Drug Resistant Malaria in West Myanmar

Drug Resistant Malaria in West MyanmarConcern is rising in western Myanmar over the possibility that malaria has mutated and is now immune to the antimalarial drug artemisinin, the frontline treatment against the disease. In an article carried in the medical journal Lanset’s Infectuous Disease reports, the bigger concern is that the drug-resistent form of the disease is now 25 km…

Myanmar’s Ethnic Stew Will Determine Its Future

Myanmar’s Ethnic Stew Will Determine Its FutureMyanmar’s presidential elections, set to take place towards the end of this year, will be crucial in determining the country’s ultimate direction. Yet, in many ways, what matters for the future of a unified country depends on what happens in its ethnic areas. Without a lasting peace in the fringes, political stability in the rest…

Myanmar’s Reform Roller Coaster

Myanmar’s Reform Roller CoasterThe trials, tribulations and recent relative triumph of the international health charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Myanmar are a salutary reminder that the Southeast Asian nation’s much heralded transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian administration has not been an entirely smooth ride. No one with any understanding of the country ever believed it would be.…
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