Burma

The magic of Makha Bucha

Makha Bucha Day; an important Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Māgha in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, and on the full moon day of Tabodwe in Myanmar, affords Buddhists a chance...

February 24, 2022
February 24, 2022

Rakhine, Bangla, and English: Freedom in three languages

Growing up in a bicultural household, I was exposed to two languages, two cultures, as a child. I picked up both the languages as my mother tongue—Bangla and Rakhine. Eventually, a third language,

February 22, 2016
February 22, 2016

The magic of Makha Bucha

Makha Bucha Day; an important Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Māgha in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, and on the full moon day of Tabodwe in Myanmar, affords Buddhists a chance...

February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016

Myanmar MPs hold landmark session

The first freely elected parliament in Myanmar for 50 years holds its opening session. Hundreds of new MPs, mostly from the National League for Democracy (NLD) but also some smaller parties, sworn...

November 30, 2015
November 30, 2015

Mawlamyine’s “damaged eye”-4

The Soe Brothers Guesthouse jointly organises a roundtrip with the Breeze guesthouse in Mawlamyine.

June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015

Beauty belies dark trade

The dense mangrove forest on both sides of the road to the Bang Ben bay through Laem Son National Park is indeed intriguing.

June 11, 2015
June 11, 2015

Women are sexually abused all the way

Afia (not her real name) was not accompanied by any of her family members, but she showed no signs of jitters. While many in the vessel turned pale in panic due to want of food and water in the...

May 29, 2015
May 29, 2015

A trip down the path of horror

The four were in a hurry, had little time to bargain for the cricket bat's price. Most excited among them, Nur Alam pulled out his moneybag hurriedly, paid Tk 300 and almost snatched the bat...

May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for 8 new executioners

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.

May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015

First priority is to save lives of migrants: UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expresses grave concern over reports that Indonesia and Malaysia have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015

US calls for regional response to migrant crisis

The United States has voiced fear for the lives of the migrants abandoned by traffickers at land and sea, calling on Southeast Asian nations to co-operate to address the crisis.