The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

For civil servants, retirement brings problems, not peace

For civil servants in Myanmar, retirement often means having to fall back on the generosity of relatives, with pensions not enough to live on and the cost of living ever rising.

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Armed groups and political legitimacy

The peace process in Myanmar remains the best opportunity in many decades to address the political, social and economic issues that have long driven armed conflict, writes Ashley South.


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Kayan summon fallen warriors to mausoleum

Ye Mon looks at the memorial dedicated to the Kayan New Land Party, a group who rose up in opposition to the Ne Win-era military government.


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Code of silence: A reporter's lot in Myanmar

Reporters seeking information from government ministries know that the task is fraught with “ifs”.

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At war on the streets

Deadly sardine cans from hell – that’s the best way that I can think of to describe the buses in Yangon.

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Minister touts massive land redistribution program

Minister U Soe Thein announces plan to allocate vacant land to landless households, but experts question whether government has financial and technical resources to make it a success.


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Rebuilding Buddhism in Bangladesh

Violence against a Buddhist minority in September 2012 harmed Bangladesh’s self-image as a secular and tolerant state – and stung its government into action.


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Militia call a shot in the arm for Rakhine armies

Rakhine State’s ethnic armed groups have been at best fringe players on the political scene for decades but have started riding a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment, writes Bill O'Toole.


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Health budget up but challenges remain

Signs of improvement, but still struggling: That’s the prognosis for Myanmar’s public health system, which is fighting to recover from decades of underinvestment and mismanagement.

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Government keeps muzzle on broadcasters

Draft broadcast media law will do little to enshrine media freedom and allow state-organised outlets to compete with the private sector.


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