Myanmar minister warns nationalists to end hate speech

YANGON: Myanmar’s minister for religion on Thursday (Jul 14) warned ultra-nationalist monks to avoid hate speech, in a rare government rebuke to Buddhist hardliners behind bilious anti-Muslim rhetoric. The warning came after a firebrand monk from the Ma Ba Tha movement on Wednesday decried Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator” intent […]

Meet Myanmar’s First Cardinal, Charles Bo

The archbishop of Yangon is an advocate for the poor and uneducated in a country of 800,000 Catholics. YANGON, Myanmar — Archbishop Charles Maung Bo had barely wrapped up celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s presence in Myanmar when he got a call from Australia. “I was in Calcutta; my niece phoned me […]

Can India Catch Up With China in Myanmar?

China has a powerful economic presence, but India has some historical and institutional strengths. A recent visit to the city of Yangon underscored the increasing economic presence of China in Myanmar. The massive investment, pipelines, and rail strategy are well known, but a drive through the city is enough to make clear the extent to […]

Myanmar Removes 1,000 Doctors From Blacklist

Burma’s government has removed more than 1,000 Burmese doctors from a blacklist that stripped them of their medical licenses and prevented many who lived abroad from returning home. As Burma attempts to overhaul its long-neglected health care system and address a major shortage of doctors, the government on Thursday removed 1,010 doctors from its blacklist […]