Asean awaits – nervously – a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging. Asean leaders understand too well the grouping’s most famous nemesis, Suu Kyi, is going […]

Exclusive interview: Myanmar President Thein Sein praises shift to democracy

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — The bloodless shift to democratization has been the greatest accomplishment of Myanmar’s 4-year transition from military to civilian rule, Myanmar President Thein Sein told the Mainichi Shimbun in an exclusive April 9 interview. However, Thein Sein also stated that Myanmar had serious problems that needed to be addressed, including religious tension and […]

Manhattan prices in Yangon

International NGOs are facing strong criticism in Myanmar not for the work they do, but for the large amounts of donor money they spend on renting offices. Recent reports have found that considerable sums are paid for office space in Yangon, where most organisations have their head offices. Adding to the controversy, some of these […]