Myanmar president hails ‘triumph’ of democratic transition

President Thein Sein hailed the “triumph” of Myanmar’s transition of power Thursday, addressing a military-dominated parliament for the final time before a handover to Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy movement. The Southeast Asian nation, choked for decades under junta rule, is on the cusp of a remarkable political transition after Suu Kyi’s National League for […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]

Myanmar frees Chinese loggers as ‘goodwill gesture’

YANGON: Myanmar on Thursday (Jul 30) freed 155 Chinese nationals, who were last week given long jail terms for illegal logging, as a “goodwill” gesture, authorities said, following intense lobbying from China. The announcement comes after the sentences sharply raised tensions between the once closely-bonded neighbours whose ties have cooled since Myanmar began emerging from […]

U Win Tin: Insights from Myanmar’s Tiger in Chief

When I learned of death of Myanmar writer and activist U Win Tin, I decided to wear a blue shirt for the day. The gesture, however small, struck me as a fitting tribute to Myanmar’s longest-held political prisoner, a man who vowed to continue wearing his blue prison shirt until all prisoners of conscience in […]