Myanmar stands as unstable and fractious as ever, is Aung San Suu Kyi still committed to the ideals she had when she came to power?
Aung San Suu Kyi
Yangon Chief Minister’s apology over comments against the military illustrates how little progress has been made in creating a democratic Myanmar.
The arrests of three journalists in Myanmar have shown Aung San Suu Kyi’s true colours – human rights preserver or violator?
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has openly supported the idea of Mongolia and Turkey – neither of which are Southeast Asian countries – joining ASEAN. The idea is a non-starter but it has led to some calls for ASEAN’s policy of rotating its chairmanship to be reconsidered.
The National League for Democracy took half of the seats up for grabs at recent byelections, losing out to military and ethnic parties. It is a warning to Myanmar’s increasingly desperate Lady leader.
Twenty thousand people are living in tented communities on the border of Myanmar. They are not the famous Rohingya refugees, but a forgotten group of ethnic Han Chinese. Rebel violence fuelled by Chinese cash has forced them from their homes.
A Rohingya militia group was responsible for attacks on border police that sent thousands in Rakhine State running for their lives late last year. They say their goal is rights for their community but they may open the door to something much darker.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s shortcomings as a leader mean she will never be one of ASEAN’s great nation-makers.
Muslim families are suffering horrific killings, beatings and acts of rape at the hands of Myanmar’s military claim desperate survivors that have fled to Bangladesh. The government says it will investigate.
Poverty and human rights abuses wreak havoc across Myanmar while the government is inactive; ineptly running the country and failing to provide basic protection for their downtrodden population.