Myanmar’s stabs at reform test public’s patience

Myanmar’s year-old government has drawn stiff pushback from its sudden cuts to a national holiday and crackdown on unlicensed buses, burning up goodwill won with the promise of change. The government said last month that the public holiday period for the Thingyan water festival marking the new year would be shortened to five days from […]

Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Israel aims to make its mark in Myanmar

Since the recent opening up of the country, Myanmar has been receiving tremendous interest from investors, conglomerates and countries around the world who are vying for a piece of the last frontier in Asia. The US and EU governments have been making attempts aggressively to normalize their relations with the former pariah nation by lifting […]