In Myanmar, an artist wades into the sensitive business of noise PRI’s The World

The amplified calls of snack vendors, public officials and religious leaders add to the din of traffic and jackhammers — this is the soundscape of a country desperate to modernize after decades lost to isolation and military dictatorship. Myanmar’s noise pollution gained a level of notoriety over the past year, after a Dutch tourist named […]

Marking 70 Years of US-Myanmar Relations

Today we commemorate a milestone anniversary in the relations between the United States and Myanmar. It was 70 years ago today, on September 18, 1947, that the US Department of State announced that the governments of Burma and the United States had “agreed to exchange representatives with the rank of ambassador.” That announcement was made […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

Myanmar’s Military Holds Key to Further Reform

What does Myanmar need to push through a successful democratic transition? It must build strong institutions, transform the economy, and end decades of conflict between ethnic armed groups and government forces, among numerous other challenges. Yet, these enormous tasks seem trivial when compared to what is probably the biggest obstacle to further democratic reform: the […]

Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

Tiger and ABC Extra Stout Brands Return to Heineken after Two Decades

Two beer brands – Tiger and ABC Extra Stout – have returned to the Dutch beer maker Heineken’s portfolio of brands from the military-owned Myanmar Brewery Limited (MBL). The two brands were produced and distributed in Myanmar by MBL since 1995. After EU economic sanctions were imposed on Myanmar, Heineken left the country and MBL […]

How Will Myanmar’s Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?

Post-election horse-trading has begun in earnest in Myanmar, hinting at the contours of a new power-sharing arrangement between elected and military forces. As National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds private meetings with senior military leaders, including an unprecedented session with influential former dictator Senior General Than Shwe, questions are rising about […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Suu Kyi’s focus on rule of law calms powerful groups as NLD takes power

Myanmar’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, achieved a landslide victory in the general election on Nov. 8, and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is slated to lead the new government. Are foreign investors happy with the result or concerned about the NLD taking power? Those who have already invested in the […]