Category Archive: Myanmar / Burma

Myanmar’s census with surprises.

Following an incomplete counting due to ethnic conflicts in parts of the country, Myanmar said that its first census in 30 years shows the population to be 51.4 million, some 10 million less… Continue reading

Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia – Birds of a feather flock together.

Just a few days after the “friendly approach” of the Cambodian PM Hun Sen to Thailand’s ruling military junta, Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing praised Thailand’s military leaders, saying it was right to… Continue reading

Shades of George Orwell’s “1984”.

What price the truth? In Thailand, eating a sandwich or reading a book can get you arrested. As George Orwell once said, in Southeast Asia, it’s all about the connotation. By Ezra Kyrill Erker … Continue reading

Tensions between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Troops from both countries clashed at the Burma-Bangladesh border as tensions boiled over while Burmese soldiers were returning the body of a Bangladeshi killed in a skirmish two days before. The gunfire broke out… Continue reading

Unlawful restrictions on Burmese citizens wishing to change their religion.

BURMA: DROP DRAFT RELIGION LAW, SAYS HRW. MAY 30, 2014   –   By Eurasia Review Burma’s parliament should scrap a proposed religion law that would encourage further repression and violence against Muslims and other religious… Continue reading

Southeast Asia – Democracy in reverse gear.

Southeast Asia’s regression from democracy and its implications. A CFR Working Paper Author: Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia. Download Now >> Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press, May 2014,  35 pages. . Overview. Since the… Continue reading

World Press Freedom Day 2014 in Cambodia.

UN Human Rights Official Wraps Visit, ‘Saddened’ by Violence  May 3, 2014  –  The Cambodia Daily   U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri wrapped up a five-day mission to Cambodia,… Continue reading

Myanmar illegal timber exports worth $5.7 billion in 14 years.

Why don’t Myanmar log trade figures add up? Corruption! Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation – Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:37 PM Global imports of timber from Myanmar between 2000 and 2013 were three and… Continue reading

Traditional costumes Southeast Asian countries.

Below are the traditional dresses of the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). See all costumes >>

Myanmar’s Northeast: China’s version of Crimea?

Reports are circulating that Chinese authorities proposed to the Myanmar government before the end of last year that Wa soldiers be assigned to the Kyaukphyu-Kunming oil pipeline project to take care of security. By Nay… Continue reading