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In Myanmar, Facebook brings light as well as darkness

It has been more than eight months since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress over the Cambridge Analytica breach. “I promise I will do better” would be a simple short sentence to sum up Zuckerberg’s stressful two-day congressional testimony. He admitted to US senators that partly because of his mistake it […]

Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights ‘dirty list

Facebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide. A list of 49 companies, compiled by the pressure […]

Business community pins sanction hopes on State Counsellor’s visit to US

With State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington today, many in Myanmar’s business community will be watching closely. The two are set to discuss US sanctions that have been in place for decades, and that investors are rearing to have removed. Businesses have long called for lifting sanctions they say cripple […]

Poverty, ethnic tensions and China top agenda for Myanmar’s new politicians

Expectations were running sky high as Myanmar’s first democratically elected parliament in more than 50 years, dominated by the former opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), convened for the first time on Monday tasked with choosing the country’s next president. After decades of stultifying military rule, all the talk was of a new era and […]

Japan Interest in Dawei Industrial Zone Seen as Unlikely

Efforts by the Thai government to attract Japanese investment in a port-industrial complex at Dawei on Burma’s southeast coast are doomed, a prominent regional economist said. “I don’t think the Japanese are at all interested in Dawei. To the extent their name keeps cropping up, I expect it reflects the desire of the zone’s promoters, […]