The Myanmar Times
Monday, 01 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Thai tourism weathers political storm

Than Naing Soe on the impact Thailand's political unrest has had on tourism in 2014.

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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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