Obama praises Myanmar reform but warns on Muslims during Thein Sein meeting

US President Barack Obama expressed to Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein (left) “deep concern” on the plight of Rohingya Muslim minority. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Myanmar President Thein Sein for his leadership in pushing through startling political reforms, but warned that violence against Muslims must stop.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Myanmar's opposition set for historic China visit - but Suu Kyi 'too old' to go

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the first ever congress of her National League for Democracy in Yangon. Photo: AP

In an historic first, a delegation of Myanmar's leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, will visit China next week - but leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not be joining them because the invitation was for delegates under 60 years old.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleansing’

A supporter of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar holds up a placard during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a leading rights watchdog said on Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mohawks in Myanmar: punk rock runs wild in Yangon

Myanmese punk rocker Scum gives it his all. Photo: Matt Grace

With their mohawks and black studded jackets, Kyaw Kyaw and his punk buddies are easy to spot on the streets of Yangon. They hang out at a roadside stall just up from Sule Pagoda most afternoons, attracting the attention of tourists who stop and stare.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:36pm 2 comments

Book review: Letters From a Burmese Grandfather, by Randolph O'Hara

Book review: Letters From a Burmese Grandfather, by Randolph O'Hara

With the end of the military dictatorship and the possibility Aung San Suu Kyi might become president, Myanmar has become a hot news story.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:26pm

Web revolution awaits Google's Eric Schmidt in Myanmar

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visits Myanmar this week. Photo: AFP

For years Myanmar’s paranoid junta blocked websites such as Gmail and YouTube. However, when Google chairman Eric Schmidt visits this week, he will find a small but flourishing internet community.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Video: lacquer craftswork a labour of love in Myanmar

Video: lacquer craftswork a labour of love in Myanmar

Nay Ulin Naing, whose grandfather U Pe Nyunt founded their family's lacquer business decades ago, shows us the laborious process of making lacquer and how to spot fakes. An SCMP feature in Bagan, Myanmar.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

In search of the long lost legend of Pegu

In search of the long lost legend of Pegu

21 Feb 2013 - 1:45pm

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi keeps door open to US and China

Rotary International president Sakuji Tanaka presents Aung San Suu Kyi with the Hawaii Peace Award. Photo: EPA

Stronger ties with the United States, which is keen to increase its political influence in Asia, should not be considered a challenge to Myanmar’s long-time relationship with China, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Three civilians dead in Myanmar attack on Kachin base

Kachin refugees wait for rations at Je Yang IDP camp, near Laiza, in northeastern Myanmar. Photo: AP

Kachin rebels on Monday said three civilians were killed and six wounded in the first attack by Myanmar forces on their northern stronghold, as fighting escalates in the country’s last active civil war.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Myanmar ‘to release’ prisoners ahead of Obama visit

Myanmar officials on Wednesday announced a prisoner amnesty just days before US President Barack Obama arrives on a visit seen as an endorsement of democratic reforms in the former pariah nation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Suu Kyi cautions India against Myanmar over-optimism

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Yangon airport. She is due to arrive in New Delhi late on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged India not to be over-optimistic about political changes in her homeland, ahead of her first visit on Tuesday to New Delhi in a quarter of a century.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN says 22,000 displaced by Myanmar unrest

More than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been forced to flee their homes in western Myanmar, the UN said on Sunday, after a fresh wave of violence and arson that left dozens dead.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Journey of shelf discovery

U Hla Min Aung in his New Vision bookshop.

Heavily censored until August, books are now openly sold and enjoyed in Myanmar. Mary O'Shea gets the word on Yangon's streets. Pictures by Cedric Arnold.

14 Oct 2012 - 12:49am

Myanmar gets its first investment bank

Alisher Ali. Photo: AP

Alisher Ali knew on the morning of his second day in Myanmar that the long-closed country was a risk worth taking. Less than two months later he moved his wife and four children to crumbling, tree-lined Yangon and opened Myanmar’s first-ever investment bank with US$1 million of his own money.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am