AP: ‘Myanmar telecom deal with Qatar firm sparks ire’

The AP reports: Religious tensions engulfing Myanmar spread Friday to the world of big business: Monks and others in the Buddhist-dominated country demanded to know why a lucrative license for a new national mobile phone network had gone to a company from a Muslim nation. There’s more on the deal itself from Bloomberg: Norway’s Telenor […]

‘The New Myanmar’: All 6 episodes of Anasuya’s new show

Last month I mentioned that the first two episodes of “The New Myanmar,” hosted by Anasuya Sanyal — also known as my amazing wife — were available online. The show’s final four episodes have now aired on Channel NewsAsia, as well, and I wanted to embed them here. Again, here are the first two shows: […]

‘The New Myanmar’: First Two Episodes Available Online

I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air. Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online. Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country. And embedded above on and […]

Anasuya’s New Documentary Series on Myanmar

Here’s the trailer for a new Channel NewsAsia documentary series called “The New Myanmar.” The series is hosted by Anasuya Sanyal, otherwise known as my amazing wife. The first show airs Monday, May 6 from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Singapore time, and the series runs through June 10. Keep an eye out if you […]

BBC: Thai Officials Reportedly Sold Rohingya Refugees to Human Traffickers

Here’s the BBC’s video report and text piece. Parts of the story seem to have first appeared in Phuket Wan last week. Here’s a Bangkok Post story. Reuters and the AP also have stories. And Saksith Saiyasombut has a post at Asian Correspondent summarizing the news. (Image: BBC.)

Story of the Day, Obama’s Connection to Myanmar Edition

The New York Times reports: When President Obama lands in Yangon on Monday, he will be the first sitting American president to visit the country now known as Myanmar. But he will not be the first Obama to visit. The president’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent part of World War II in what was […]

Story of the Day, U.S.-Asean Relations Edition

Following my post yesterday about President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia visit this weekend, I wanted share another story on U.S. engagement with the region. The Wall Street Journal reports today that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “has ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review military ethics training in the wake of a series of […]

President Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

I wanted to point out a few stories ahead of President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia trip. Obama will be Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Saturday November 17 through Tuesday November 20. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok provides details on Obama’s itinerary: In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years […]

Thein Sein in Thailand

Bloomberg says: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said her government was committed to seeing “concrete progress” in the development of the $8.6 billion Dawei port and industrial zone in neighboring Myanmar. Thailand and Myanmar agreed to hold ministerial-level meetings starting next month to push forward with the project, Yingluck told reporters in a joint briefing […]