Tourism survives Rohingya crisis 

Myanmar received 3.44 million visitors last year, according to its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, up 18 per cent from the 2.9 million arrivals...

Suu Kyi appoints junta strongman to key post

The scale of Myanmar’s parliament has shocked some of the provincial MPs. Source: Wikimedia Aung San Suu Kyi's party has nominated Shwe Mann, one of...

NLD MPs take their seats

Suu Kyi has to cope with a military veto on constitutional reform. Source: BBC Aung San Suu Kyi has led her National League for Democracy...

Suu Kyi said to be angling for presidency

Suu Kyi appears to be in negotiations to take the presidency. Source: Wikimedia Myanmar will not find out who its next president will be until...

NLD MPs face daunting challenge

Female labourers paint parliamentary block paving in Nay Pyi Taw ahead of the start of the new session. Photo: Asean Economist   Hundreds of new MPs...

Thein Sein calls for unity

Myanmar's President Thein Sein has presided over considerable reforms. Source: Wikimedia Myanmar's outgoing president, Thein Sein, called for unity among political parties in the national...

Myanmar’s false dawn

Buddhism is increasingly politicised in Myanmar. Picture credit: Asean Economist Foreigners dominate Myanmar's westernmost state of Rakhine, exploiting its natural resources and derailing its ethnic...

UN axes Rohingya report 

The United Nations food aid agency has withdrawn a critical report revealing starvation among the Rohingya Muslim population after the Myanmar government demanded it...

Suu Kyi meets military chief to discuss handover

Aung San Suu Kyi is aware that she must keep the military on side. Source: Wikimedia The leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy Aung...

Thousands flee Shan rebel conflict

Many people are unaware of the scale of Myanmar’s rebel armies. Source: Wikimedia   More than 3,000 villagers have fled their homes in war-torn northern Myanmar...

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