Last update: 2017-11-05 13:12:15
- Dateline Irrawaddy: How Should Myanmar Respond to US Sanctions?
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how the government and military should react to any coming sanctions on the Myanmar Army over the Rakhine crisis.
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- Discrimination and Fear Hamper HIV Eradication in Myanmar
Dwindling global funding, draconian laws and widespread stigma mean the virus remains prevalent among sexual minorities.
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- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Arakanese and Rohingya on Rakhine Trip
Myanmar’s State Counselor makes a surprise one-day visit to conflict-torn northern Rakhine State.
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- Bangladesh Rejects Accusation of Delaying Rohingya Repatriation
Bangladeshi Embassy says Myanmar govt spokesperson is ‘ill-informed’ of the process.
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- Religious Affairs Minister Assures Arakanese Buddhists Over Rohingya Repatriation
Thura U Aung Ko visits abbots in Rakhine State to say govt will only take back refugees who hold valid documents.
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- Campaign Targets Myanmar Elephant Poaching
Wildlife conservation agencies respond to increase in poaching driven by demand for elephant skin.
- Taunggyi’s Fire Balloon Festival
Locals in Shan State launch homemade hot air balloons in a famous competition.
- DASSK Visits Northern Rakhine in Unprecedented Trip
Myanmar’s State Counselor to visit troubled Maungdaw Township.
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- Censored for Years, Artist Holds His Fifth Solo Exhibition in Yangon
Aung Khaing portrays traditional Burmese themes but with a modern influence.
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- Irrawaddy Literary Festival Connects International and Local Authors
The festival will be held at the Mandalay Hill Resort from Nov. 3 to 5.
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- Detained Journalists Informed Govt of Film Plans, Says Turkish Broadcaster
Two foreign journalists and two Myanmar nationals detained over drone footage.
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- Rakhine Govt Signs MoU for Kanyin Chaung Border Economic Zone
The memorandum of understanding regarding development is signed following slow progress due to a transfer of power and then recent violence in the region.
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- National-level Dialogue Delays Troubled Panglong Conference
Concerns raised Shan and Rakhine ethnicities will not be fairly represented at third round of the Union Peace Conference.
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- UN Picks Norwegian for Myanmar Role as Tensions Simmer Over Rohingya Crisis
Aung San Suu Kyi has told diplomats in private meetings that she is frustrated with the United Nations.
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- Thailand’s Political Activity Ban Stays for Now: PM
Thailand’s military govt says it will not yet lift a ban on political activity, despite a general election scheduled for next year and growing pressure.
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- Interview: 'I Have to Take Risks to Make Change'
Cambodia's government has failed to protect the country's forests, and citizens must now do the work themselves, an environmental activist says.
- Interview: 'Rohingya Refugees Shouldn’t be Sent Back to Rakhine State Right Now'
Tun Khin, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, says those who fled to Bangladesh during a military crackdown will still have no rights if they return to Myanmar.
- Bangladesh Family Planning Officials Face Challenge in Rohingya Camps
Many among Muslim refugee community from Myanmar believe that birth control is a sin.
- Rohingya Muslim Mob Attacks Villagers in Northern Rakhine
The violence comes a day after Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to the conflict-torn region.
- Xinjiang Residents Told to Hand Over ‘Two-Faced’ Officials
The move is aimed at Uyghur government workers who fail to uphold Chinese policies in the politically sensitive region.
- More Than 50 Writers, Artists Call on China's President to Release Liu Xia
The calls come as U.S. President Donald Trump embarks on an 11-day visit to the Asia-Pacific region amid concerns he may soft-pedal on human rights.
- 'I Am Not Optimistic About The Rights of Chinese Women Under Xi Jinping'
U.S.-based women's rights activist Zhang Qing talks about the stark lack of female faces at the highest level of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
- Woman Tried on Public Order Charges in Shanghai Over Pension Complaint
Sun Hongqin has been pursuing official complaints over nonpayment of her pension for the past 17 years.
- Bangladeshi Boatmen Ferry Rohingya Refugees to Safety – For a Price
Almost 200 people have drowned since Aug. 25 in waters dividing Bangladesh and Myanmar.
- Myanmar Land Rights Activist Beaten to Death by Mob in Shan State
Htay Aung of the National Farmer’s Union went to meet village authorities and was attacked by more than 20 assailants.
- Prominent Uyghur Musician Arrested Amid Ideological Purge in Xinjiang
Abdurehim Heyit may have been arrested for performing a song previously cleared by Chinese censors but that has come under scrutiny during the harsh crackdown in Xinjiang.
- Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Volatile Northern Rakhine State
The state counselor discusses humanitarian work and stresses the need for people to live peacefully in the ethnically and religiously divided region.
- People With Hypertension Barred From Jobs in China's Civil Service: Lawyers
Lawyers are speaking out in the hope that the government will revise discriminatory recruitment practices based on the health status of applicants.
- Lao Land Protest Villagers Held in Failing Health
They had cut down rubber trees on farmland given by the government to a Vietnamese company.
- Xi Jinping takes top Communist Party leaders back to where the party was launched
In his first public appearance since Xi was elevated to a status comparable to Mao Zedong, he took the Politburo Standing Committee to the brick house in Shanghai’s French Concession where the party was started in 1921.
- Q&A;: US-ASEAN Business Council Vice President Marc Mealy Says US-ASEAN Trade to Increase
[Editor’s Note: VOA Khmer reporter Men Kimseng interviewed Marc Mealy, vice president for policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council, on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of US-ASEAN relations. The Council, based in Washington, D.C., is a trade association that... [full post]
- China's Push to Study 'Xi Thought' Gets Mixed Reaction
More than 20 universities in China have set up research centers to promote the so-called Xi Jinping thought — the vision of the country's increasingly powerful leader that was recently enshrined in the Communist Party's constitution. The push to study “Xi Thought” has some academic institutions competing for resources and aiming to be the first... [full post]
- US, Chinese Officials Discuss Anti-drug Cooperation
Days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared America's opioid epidemic a public health emergency and labeled China a main source of fentanyl, a powerful and addictive opioid, officials from both countries held talks in Beijing to discuss anti-drug intelligence and cooperation efforts. Chinese state media said that during the meetings both sides "solidified a clear... [full post]
- Analysts: S. Korea, China Detente Good for Northeast Asia Stability
China and South Korea's agreement this week to set aside differences over a U.S. missile defense system, in order to normalize relations after a year-long feud, likely could boost economic ties and stability in northeast Asia. Beijing restricted South Korean business on the mainland and Chinese tourism to the peninsula after Seoul announced in July... [full post]
- China Stops Short on Pledges to Share Technology in a Disputed Sea
A wind turbine installation vessel, developed in China for use near its coasts, is sparking new hope that the dominant party in a six-way maritime sovereignty dispute will share technology. But analysts warn Beijing seldom brings in outsiders. The Chinese government has a wide technological lead in the South China Sea sovereignty dispute with Taiwan... [full post]
- As Trump Heads to E. Asia, Tillerson Takes More Forceful Tone Towards Beijing
After what U.S. officials said was several months of deliberation among President Donald Trump’s national security team, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently took a rather strident tone towards China in a major speech that came just weeks before Trump’s first state visit to China. “The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we... [full post]
- ASEAN Leaders Face South China Sea, Regional Economic Development at Manila Meeting
Tensions in the South China Sea have been mounting since 2010 when China boosted its presence in the 3.5 million-square-kilometers rich in fish and fuel reserves.
- Vietnam Tech Startups Seek Next Phase
There’s a short but not-so-simple question facing Vietnam’s technology startup fans: Now, what? The communist country was not immune to the startup craze that swept the globe, but much of the early period was spent talking about tech and all the local potential. In what could be called the next phase of the craze, Vietnam... [full post]
- Rohingya Crisis Drags On as Bangladesh Arrivals Continue
Fleeing violence at home, Kamal Hossain left Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State two months ago. But he didn’t arrive in Bangladesh until this week. The journey to the border involved a trek and then a wait as boatmen charged too much money. “So we swam across the river,” he said. More than two months after the... [full post]
- Thailand Revokes Passports of Ousted Prime Minister
Thailand says it has revoked the passports of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last month before facing sentencing in connection with a botched rice subsidy program. The Foreign Ministry says Yingluck carried two diplomatic passports and two personal ones. Yingluck was convicted by Thailand's supreme court in September on charges of... [full post]
- Blockchain Technology Could Unblock Southeast Asia
Imagine you could swipe your phone over a piece of fish in the supermarket and instantly see secure records of its entire path through the supply chain, from the technique used by the fisherman who caught it in Indonesia to when it was shipped and how it was processed at a factory in your home... [full post]
- Hun Sen to Attend US-ASEAN Summit Alongside Trump
A Cambodian government spokesman said the political situation in Cambodia was unlikely to be on the agenda at the summit in Manila on November 13.
- Hun Sen Writes to Congratulate Chinese Premier on Re-Election
In an unusual move, Hun Sen in April held a press conference to promote a book written in Khmer that lauds Xi’s leadership style.
- Thais Bid Final Farewell to King
Hundreds of thousands of people surrounded the Thai royal palace and millions more gathered at shrines around the country Thursday to bid their final farewells to their revered King Bhumibol Adulyedaj, after a year of official mourning. Dressed in black and amid tight security, 7,500 guests at the Grand Palace, including royals from as far... [full post]
- US Allies in Asia to Handle Trump with Care
The United States' key military allies in Asia are expected to focus on areas of mutual agreement when President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to the region. On November 3, President Trump will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, where he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)... [full post]
- Thailand Begins Its Final Goodbye to King Bhumibol
A ceremony in an ornate throne hall Thursday morning began the transfer of the remains of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej to his spectacular golden crematorium in the royal quarter of Bangkok after a year of mourning for the monarch Thais hailed as “Father.” Three separate and intensely solemn processions involving thousands of troops, a golden... [full post]
- Hong Kong Publisher Gui Minhai Released, but Still Missing
International concerns about the safety and whereabouts of a Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai, who was seized by Chinese authorities in Thailand two years ago, is growing after China claimed he was released last Tuesday. More than a week has passed, and Gui has not contacted any of his family or friends, despite Beijing’s claim... [full post]
- Bangladesh, Myanmar Journalists Face Obstacles Reporting Rohingya Story
For journalists from Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Rohingya crisis is a big news story that demands both aggressive reporting and a sensitive approach. Even for the most experienced reporters in both countries are having difficulty to report from the other side. Though diplomatic ties are intact, relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar are strained over the... [full post]
- Philippines Faces New Fights After Declaring End to War Against Muslim Insurgents
The end of a five-month war against Islamic State-backed Muslim rebels in the Philippines is now challenging the government to stop any retaliatory strikes and pay a multi-million dollar reconstruction bill -- or risk more discontent. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday the battle between his troops and the Maute Group of Muslim rebels has... [full post]
- China Unveils New Leadership With no Clear Successor for Xi
China’s ruling Communist Party has unveiled a new leadership lineup for its top decision making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of power in the world’s second largest economy. In a break with past precedence, however, there was no clear successor among the new appointees, yet another sign some analysts say of Chinese leader... [full post]