Posts Tagged ‘Bay of Bengal’

Burma and Bangladesh in Battle of the Bengal Bay Gas Blocks

April 19, 2013

Burma and Bangladesh in Battle of the Bengal Bay Gas Blocks

By | April 18, 2013

Both Burma and Bangladesh are hoping to see more offshore rigs in the Bay of Bengal. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

The Bay of Bengal is the scene of a new battle between Burma and Bangladesh as the neighbors compete to attract international oil c (more…)

Myanmar’s revolution (almost) without losers except Muslims

November 4, 2012

Myanmar’s revolution (almost) without losers except Muslims

The political transformation in Myanmar this past year or more has so far seemed to be one of history’s more remarkable revolutions. It has seemed, indeed, to be a revolution without losers.

The army, which brutalized the country for half a century, remains influential and unpunished. Political prisoners have been freed by the hundreds. The opposition and its heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, have successfully entered mainstream politics. What had seemed a purely ornamental parliament is showing it has a function. Foreign countries that had shunned the dictatorship, hemming it in with sanctions, now can exploit Myanmar’s untapped market and its treasure-house of natural resources.

One group, however, has lost, and lost terribly.