Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar’s 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon’s U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country’s biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out. In response, […]

Myanmar president hails ‘triumph’ of democratic transition

President Thein Sein hailed the “triumph” of Myanmar’s transition of power Thursday, addressing a military-dominated parliament for the final time before a handover to Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy movement. The Southeast Asian nation, choked for decades under junta rule, is on the cusp of a remarkable political transition after Suu Kyi’s National League for […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]

Myanmar frees Chinese loggers as ‘goodwill gesture’

YANGON: Myanmar on Thursday (Jul 30) freed 155 Chinese nationals, who were last week given long jail terms for illegal logging, as a “goodwill” gesture, authorities said, following intense lobbying from China. The announcement comes after the sentences sharply raised tensions between the once closely-bonded neighbours whose ties have cooled since Myanmar began emerging from […]

U Win Tin: Insights from Myanmar’s Tiger in Chief

When I learned of death of Myanmar writer and activist U Win Tin, I decided to wear a blue shirt for the day. The gesture, however small, struck me as a fitting tribute to Myanmar’s longest-held political prisoner, a man who vowed to continue wearing his blue prison shirt until all prisoners of conscience in […]