The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Doubts over log export ban

Conflict in Kachin State will make it difficult for government to stop exports to China, experts say.

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All the speaker’s men

It meets in secret and the discussions are never discussed publicly. Thura U Shwe Mann’s Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues is the most influential body in Myanmar’s new political landscape that you’ve never heard of.

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No relief in sight for weary commuters

From iPay to BRT, recent initiatives to improve Yangon’s decrepit bus transport system have met resistance from both bus workers and owners.


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Tatmadaw troops in media blitz

The 2014 Armed Forces Day saw the Tatmadaw court an unprecedented amount of media attention.


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Spirit worship: partying with the nat kadaws

Si Thu Lwin on the boisterous tradition of the nat pwe, where the spirits are honoured by dancing, whiskey-swilling mediums.

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The end of the road

The world’s most well-travelled car is to be put out to pasture, having been on the road since 1989 and visited 221 countries.  


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An ode to the unsung heroes of Nay Pyi Taw’s hluttaw

The standard moaning-and-groaning about Nay Pyi Taw is getting old. Yes, the city is grandiose and appears intimidating at first glance. Yes, it can be inconvenient if you don’t have your own wheels.


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Silence in the house

One year on from the bloodshed in Meiktila, MPs have taken a largely passive stance on religious violence – reluctant to wade into a conflict where there are no easy answers, and not wanting alienate their support base.


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The Kachin State road-funding fiasco

A plan to get the private sector to pay for the upgrade of a 100-kilometre road in northern Myanmar has caused acrimony and mistrust.


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A reality check amid the hype

As Myanmar's scrambles to its feet to cater for an influx of visitors, there are several key challenges it will face to remain an attractive destination for tourists, writes development consultant Henrich Dahm.

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