In Myanmar and Thailand, two militaries moving in opposite directions

Kevin Rafferty says as the generals in Myanmar cede power in the historic handover to civilians, Thailand’s ruling junta should remember the dangers of prolonged military rule on a nation’s economy and social fabric. Who would ever have imagined it – singing karaoke, dancing and joking. This was not some theatre vaudeville event but the […]

Myanmar politicians used “military junta” to describe Thailand

It was the coup Myanmar was least expecting, and it came with a sense of eerie familiarity. Dealing with its own emergence from five decades of military dictatorship, seemingly intractable ethnic violence and political protests of its own, Myanmar had long looked to Thailand as a relatively successful, stable and democratic neighbour.  That changed 10 […]

Myanmar brushes off limited US sanctions renewal

YANGON: Myanmar on Friday shrugged off US President Barack Obama’s decision to renew some sanctions against the country in order to spur continued reform, in a move that highlighted fears over continued rights abuses. Obama said sanctions restricting certain investments should be renewed because the former military-run nation still poses “an unusual and extraordinary threat […]

Undergrads Return to Crumbling Yangon University

YANGON — The campus is overrun by a tangled web of weeds and vines. Many of the books in the open-air library are ancient, their pages yellow. Students will have to share a handful of donated computers and put up with slow-speed Internet, at least at first. And professors are struggling to catch up with […]