Will politicians help the public imagine new post-election democratic possibilities in the wake of violence and COVID-19?
Emerging reports of a Chinese troop buildup along its disputed border with India remind us of the region’s bloody history.
Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.
Students at two law schools in Yangon are providing free legal information and referrals for justice services to community members who need help resolving disputes.
Political uncertainties in Thailand, a lack of public support and global economic conditions make the construction of a canal across the Isthmus of Kra unlikely for now.
More substantive action from the government is required to provide protection and relief for those who have lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19.
A careful observation of the Myanmar government’s approach to China shows that it is using great caution in its relationship with Beijing.
Don’t let cynicism keep you from casting your vote in the upcoming general election.
Thailand’s strict COVID-19 entry restrictions and failure to manage public expectations may have a political basis, and risk harming the country’s international ties.
Laws against hate speech tend to focus on race and religion; they must be expanded to criminalize attacks on migrants, LGBTI people and other targeted groups.
Myanmar cannot separate itself from China, but to safeguard its sovereignty it must cultivate strong ties with the US.
The Chinese government’s disrespect for the sovereignty of its Asian neighbors is reflected in the dubious tactics it uses to advance its economic interests inside Myanmar.
After the signing of a bilateral strategic statement, Washington will expect Bangkok to be more assertive in its support for US policies, especially in relation to China.
The government must reform the way gems are mined and revenue is reported, or locals in Hpakant will continue to suffer from the ‘curse’ of their area’s jade wealth.
U Htoo Chit remembers the late Thai politician and activist Kraisak Choonhavan, who for many years championed the rights of Myanmar laborers and refugees in Thailand.