The Myanmar Times
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Love, politics and separation

Ma Phyoe Phyoe Aung has been one of the more visible faces of the student movement – but her activism has come at high personal cost.

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The right kind of debt for Myanmar

Concern has recently been expressed about the national debt, which comes in at about US$200 per head.

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Editorial: A nation of givers

Research and polling giant Gallup recently released results of what it calls the World Giving Index, which provides insight into the nature of giving around the world.

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Upper house to vote on watered-down education reforms

Bill debated over past two days differs significantly from version agreed on at four-way talks in February.

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Seeking better life, fleeing Rohingya become soft targets

Believing they have no future in Rakhine State, tens of thousands of Rohingya take to the seas each year at the end of the monsoon season, paying human traffickers to get them to countries such as Malaysia. On arrival, however, many are held by gangs who demand payment for their freedom.

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Religious defamation law takes on new role

Civil society activists and lawyers are concerned that a religious defamation law that once served as a tool of the military junta to jail its opponents is now being used selectively by the authorities to placate powerful Buddhist nationalists ahead of this year’s elections.

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In Magwe, hope returns to dry zone

A program to produce, market and sell traditional handicrafts is empowering women and could soon be expanded to other regions.

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Fears for future of Ngapali Beach as authorities permit sand excavation

Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects.

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Backsliding or stumbling forward? The reform debate

In a harsh report this week summing up her latest mission to Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, noted “a growing atmosphere of fear, distrust and hostility” and urged the government to reverse what she called “the current slide towards extreme nationalism, religious hatred and conflict”.

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New permanent secretaries to lead civil service reform push

Thirty ministries are set to be appointed permanent secretaries, who will become the highest-ranking civil servants.

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