Tiger and ABC Extra Stout Brands Return to Heineken after Two Decades

Two beer brands – Tiger and ABC Extra Stout – have returned to the Dutch beer maker Heineken’s portfolio of brands from the military-owned Myanmar Brewery Limited (MBL). The two brands were produced and distributed in Myanmar by MBL since 1995. After EU economic sanctions were imposed on Myanmar, Heineken left the country and MBL […]

How Will Myanmar’s Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?

Post-election horse-trading has begun in earnest in Myanmar, hinting at the contours of a new power-sharing arrangement between elected and military forces. As National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds private meetings with senior military leaders, including an unprecedented session with influential former dictator Senior General Than Shwe, questions are rising about […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Suu Kyi’s focus on rule of law calms powerful groups as NLD takes power

Myanmar’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, achieved a landslide victory in the general election on Nov. 8, and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is slated to lead the new government. Are foreign investors happy with the result or concerned about the NLD taking power? Those who have already invested in the […]

Business, military, government seize land for rubber in Myanmar: rights group

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Businesses in Myanmar have colluded with military and government officials to seize vast tracts of farmland from ethnic minority villagers in the northeast, using much of the land for rubber plantations, a UK-based rights group said. Over the past decade, 5.3 million acres (2.1 million hectares) has been leased to […]

Myanmar military to maintain political role, president says

Myanmar’s military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President Thein Sein said in an interview broadcast on Friday. YANGON: Myanmar’s military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to […]

Only the military can reform Myanmar

Despite the widespread and rapid normalising of relations with Naypyidaw over the past three years, the US (and the West in general) has been reluctant to engage the country’s military — the Tatmadaw. But the recent signing of the US National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 facilitates the gradual opening of military-to-military relations between the […]

Political stability, military dominate historic meeting

Myanmar’s leading political figures have reached agreement on the continued role of the military in politics and the desire for political stability, according to those present at an historic meeting last week. The October 31 meeting at President U Thein Sein’s residence in Nay Pyi Taw brought together the president, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, […]

A Burmese migrant battles the odds to be his own boss

Than Wai Aung adjusts the nozzle on his hose to a fine spray, and walks slowly up and down a long row made up of hundreds of clear, plastic bags filled with wood. This is a daily ritual for the Burmese migrant, who left Yangon (also known as Rangoon) for Thailand nearly 20 years ago. […]