Dos and don’ts for Suu Kyi on dealing with ASEAN

For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting. Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi needs to know a few things about the organisation, with […]

Myanmar races ahead as we (Thailand) back-pedal

All eyes have been on Myanmar this week as it finally voted a new president, Htin Kyaw, into office, in so doing becoming the latest debutante into the democratic club. A close aide (for many he is a proxy) of democracy icon Aug San Suu Kyi, who is blocked from taking up the role due […]

Myanmar fortune-teller San Zarni Bo predicts an end to crisis in Thailand

San Zarni Bo was evasive when asked if Thaksin Shinawatra’s former wife Pojaman had flown to Myanmar and consulted him about her fate. The famous fortune-teller appeared to be confident, however, about what he foresees in the near future for Thailand. He even gave specific dates for predictions of what lies ahead. “Leaders of the […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]