Mandalay vows to maintain order at Thingyan Festival

Mandalay will ensure the orderly celebration of the Thingyan Festival by designating areas where commercial pandals (marquees) can be erected. U Kyaw San Myint of the Mandalay City Development Committee said the commercial pandals will only be allowed on the western side of the moat on 80th street. Other areas of the moat will be […]

Militarism in Thailand and Myanmar: A Role Reversal in the Making?

Militarism seems to be migrating from the latter to the former at a speedy rate. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand is starkly in the making, as concerns about militarism seem to continue to migrate from the former to the latter at a speedy rate. Recent developments towards democracy in Myanmar […]

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 […]