Burma

Opaque Migration Report Leaves Big Gaps in Information

The 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, kidn...

Myanmar’s Least-Wanted Political Party

The 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 are...
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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 th...
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The Rohingya Crisis and the Politics of Buddhist Violence

Some 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 go...
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Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

The 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 ...
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ASEAN’s Disgraceful Inaction on Rohingya Refugees

This 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 fre...
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Reprieve Possible for Yangon’s Colonial Gems

Frozen 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 b...
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Drug Resistant Malaria in West Myanmar

Concern 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 ...
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Myanmar’s Ethnic Stew Will Determine Its Future

Myanmar’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 cou...
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Myanmar’s Reform Roller Coaster

The 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 fr...