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Update: Mon, Nov 20 2017    

China proposes three-phase solution to Rakhine issue

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 20 - China proposed a three-phase solution to help settle the issue in Myanmar's Rakhine state, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. China believed that the Rakhine issue can be addressed by a solution acceptable to both Myanmar and Bangladesh through consultations between the two neighbouring countries, Wang told a joint press conference here on Sunday with Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, Xinhua news agency reported.

Asian, European journalists discuss reporting on sustainable development in Myanmar

Journalists from Asia and Europe gathered in Myanmar's capital of Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday to discuss reporting on sustainable development. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 11th Asia-Europe Foundation Journalists' Seminar , Pe Myint, union minister of information, said the seminar is a very significant one for Myanmar as ideas and information on achieving sustainable development will be exchanged between the members.

Aung Cheimt Brokers No Compromise in His Art

Aung Cheimt is acknowledged as the greatest living poet in Myanmar today. Along with Thukhamein Hlaing, and several others, he was at the vanguard of modern poetry in Myanmar, moving it from its traditional fixed rhyme to something much more free.

IMF Sees Stronger Growth in Myanmar, but Rohingya Crisis May Hurt Investment

The International Monetary Fund on Friday forecast an economic rebound in Myanmar this year, but said the Rohingya refugee crisis may dampen investment as the country faces international pressure over its treatment of the Muslim minority. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Myanmar cardinal defends Suu Kyi on eve of pope trip

Myanmar's Catholic cardinal on Friday defended Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi against "unfair" criticism over the military crackdown on Muslim Rohingya, and said that terming it "ethnic cleansing" was unhelpful and premature. Cardinal Charles Bo spoke to The Associated Press ahead of Pope Francis' visit next week to Myanmar and Bangladesh, to where nearly 620,000 Rohingya have fled to escape the violence by Myanmar security forces in the poverty-wracked Rakhine state.

Shan State: Burma's hidden humanitarian crisis

People celebrate Shan State Army Day on May 21, 2017 At Loi Kaw Wan, Muang Sad in Shan State Burma. Source: Shutterstock THE violent campaign of land clearance and ethnic cleansing towards the Rohingya people is finally being exposed by media networks across the globe, intensifying the pressure on governments to tackle the unacceptable conduct of security forces in Burma .

Official Peace Talks with UNFC Cancelled Amid Stalemate Fears

The official peace talks scheduled for Thursday between the government and the United Nationalities Federal Council were cancelled. In their place, the negotiators met informally to keep the process alive.

Myanmar has one of the lowest tax takes in the world

INSIDE a noodle house in central Yangon, business is buzzing. Customers huddle over tables, slurping down chicken soup or gobbling dumplings.


Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Yangon, Myanmar, in 1945. After years of living and studying abroad, she returned home only to find widespread slaughter of protesters rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win.

Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary to go to Asia-Europe Meeting

Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau will travel to Myanmar this weekend to attend the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Foreign Ministers meeting being chaired by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. "I look forward to the meeting with the Asia and European representatives from two regions which are of great importance to New Zealand," Mr Tabuteau says.

Hilltribe organics

In a quiet corner of Chiang Rai's Chiang Saen district, ethnic groups from different backgrounds, beliefs and traditions live together in the same village. They share the land, while maintaining their identities and lifestyles.

Big businesses from Apple to Walmart say train suppliers to stamp out slavery

Businesses striving to stamp out slavery from their supply chains should not dismiss struggling suppliers but train them to improve the lives of workers, and technology can play a part, leading companies including Apple and Walmart said on Wednesday. In recent years modern-day slavery has increasingly come under the global spotlight, putting ever greater regulatory and consumer pressure on firms to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor, child labor and other forms of slavery.

Why Is the U.S. Government Funding Anti-Rohingya Propaganda?

Partly underwritten by Washington as a free press paradigm, 'The Irrawaddy' now embraces racist Burmese government rhetoric that fuels ethnic cleansing. RANGOON, Burma-U.S. taxpayer money is funding a media organization in Burma that rights campaigners say has sided with racists against the Rohingya, even as the State Department withdraws military aid and considers sanctions in response to army-led atrocities against the minority.

Rohingyas send what little they can to fleeing relatives

Rohingya refugee Mohammed Siddiq poses for a photo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 2, 2017. Photo: Thomson Reuters Foundation/ Beh Lih Yi In a dimly lit shop in Kuala Lumpur, where dried fish, herbs and pickled tea leaves imported from Myanmar are on display, two men sit behind a counter inspecting bank notes.

Rights watchers slam Myanmar's ban on protests in Yangon

Tens of thousands joined a rally in defence of Myanmar's army that snaked through Yangon to the iconic Sule Pagoda in October, 2017. YANGON: Human rights monitors on Wednesday urged Myanmar to withdraw a ban on protests in its largest city, Yangon, amid fears that free speech is under pressure under the government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rights Watchers Slam Myanmar's Ban on Protests in Biggest City

Human rights monitors on Wednesday urged Myanmar to withdraw a ban on protests in its largest city, Yangon, amid fears that free speech is under pressure under the government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi led efforts to end decades of military rule and won a landmark election in the Buddhist-majority country in 2015, but her civilian government shares power with the military and has no control over the army and police.

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South East Asia - where did it come from?

Ethnic minority Rohingya stand in front the banner of the hardline Burmese Buddhist monk Wirathu outisde the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 8, 2017. Source: Samsul Said / Shutterstock EVEN ten years on, the first mental image that comes to mind with regard to Theravada Buddhism is that of Burma's Saffron Revolution of August-September 2007: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets of Yangon, Mandalay, Pakokku, Sittwe and other towns against the ruling military junta.