Time to invest in Myanmar ? Not so fast
“This is the appropriate time to invest in Myanmar”, said Mr. Myin Maung Htun, managing director of Malika Power Engineering Ltd. and president of Myanmar Business Executives Association. But companies familiar with international business must lower some of their expectations when entering the last frontier of Southeast Asia.
Thaksin allies flex muscles ahead of possible confrontation
Red Shirts gathered at the Democracy Monument on Sunday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the constitutional monarchy in Thailand. The event was also called a “show of power” to supposed forces that would be attempting to overthrow the current Pheu Thai government.
New Myanmar: Daunting challenges amid hope
Myanmar has taken obvious steps toward democratic reform after half a century of autocratic rule. Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest, the April 2012 by-elections were conducted freely and fairly, increased press freedoms have been granted, negotiations are in progress with ethnic minorities and the government is undergoing reform.
Reform of lese-majesté laws still distant despite greater discussion
Thailand has strict “lese-majeste” laws that prohibit the expression of criticism against royalty in both print, television, radio and Internet media. The law punishes violators with jail time up to 15 years for insulting the king, queen, or heir.
Too early to lift sanctions in Myanmar, says human rights group
While Myanmar’s charm offensive is everywhere in the media through the opening of the country, and the first trip of its world famous opponent Aung Sang Suu Kyi, human rights activists say flagrant abuses of ethnic minorities by authorities is still commonplace.
Burmese musicians sing for refugees of the Kachin conflict
While President Thein Sein has been declaring publicly that he will not change it reform-course to backward direction, Burma Army has been constantly deploying more battalions in areas held by Kachin Independence Army, military-wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).
Two years after bloody crackdown, Red Shirts gather in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI – Red shirts met in front of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) headquarters in Chiang Mai’s Old City area on Saturday morning to remember the more than 90 people who died two years ago in protests against the government in Bangkok.