Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Women guardians protect deserted villages in northern Shan State

With the men having already fled forced recruitment, brave bands of women are remaining behind to protect their possessions from armed ethnic groups – and the military.

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On the trail of the Mone Wun

The road to Tarmoenye winds through some of the most picturesque countryside in Myanmar. High mountains etched with tea plantations sweep down to lush valleys bursting with flowers and trees blossoming in white, pale-shell pink and fiery reds.

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Pat Ja San: A controversial mission

A group of sickle-wielding vigilantes made its way through Myanmar’s northern Kachin State in January and February, clearing poppy fields nearly ready to be harvested in a quest to end production of the illicit drug. The mission turned farmers whose livelihoods were being cut down into angry and, at times, armed adversaries.

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NZ scholarships open up new world for Myanmar students

Each year, a handful of Myanmar’s young leaders are selected to travel more than 10,000 kilometres journey to New Zealand. With a population of more than 4.5 million, snow-capped mountains, a thriving cafe culture and left-hand drive, New Zealand is a world apart from the temple-adorned townships and bustling cities of Myanmar.

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Excitement as NLD set to unveil picks

Thousands are expected in parliament today to watch the National League for Democracy name its two nominees for the presidency, with a former military doctor now firming as favourite to become Myanmar’s next head of state.

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At Letpadaung, residents still place hopes in NLD

Expectations are high among the villagers near the controversial Letpadaung copper mine that the incoming National League for Democracy government will take their side in what could be a resumption of hostilities with the operator – and possibly police.

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Daw Suu eyes foreign minister role

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is resigned to not being eligible for the presidency but will install a proxy and push for constitutional change.

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Lessons learned on minority languages

After decades of cultural suppression under military rule, ethnic minority groups met with international experts this week to voice their calls for multilingual education.

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Amid public backlash, MPs defend political pensions

How much do you think your public representatives are worth? Not much, if the recent furore over “political pensions” is any guide.

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A mother and a sex worker, but never the two shall meet

A relationship with an older man, an unwanted pregnancy, failure at school, loss of family income and status through natural disaster, low-paid unskilled work away from home – and then came the approach from a seemingly friendly woman, offering easy money.

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