The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 04 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

A vision for the future of Yangon

What future do you want for Yangon? The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) believes this question should be answered not only by the authorities, but also by residents.

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Chasing the Asian dream

From the point of view of the international economist, the close proximity of Myanmar to Singapore resembles a huge pile of iron filings within the force field of a giant electromagnet.

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Troubled waters ahead in Myanmar’s economic boom

Every morning on his way to work in Yangon, builder Zaw Min Tun takes a swig of water at a Buddhist temple, a vital place to quench a thirst for the many ordinary citizens left behind by Myanmar’s economic boom.

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The Good Son turned out great

If Shirly Berkovitz hadn’t followed her instincts when a shy young man showed up unannounced at her doorstep, audiences around the world would never have learned the story of courage and love that unfolded.

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Life on the Tai mountain

Taking a break from renewed clashes in Shan State, a group of rebels in full combat fatigues chat away as they line up to have their holiday snaps taken in a photo booth decked out with plastic flowers and a big red heart. One by one their pictures emerge from a printer after a quick Photoshop, drawing big smiles and payment of 100 baht (about US$3).

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Parliament tour reveals high ceilings and closed doors

In  what has the potential to become an important step for transparency in Nay Pyi Taw, the government has opened the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to local and foreign tourists – on the condition that they bring their passports and do not drink alcohol for the duration of the tour.

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Cottoning on to new concepts in design

Cheap,cheerful, cotton. The “three Cs” approach seems to be working for local entrepreneur Ma Su, who has just opened her third outlet.

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Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. That’s the premise of the third Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, a week-long event the opened yesterday and is screening at the Nay Pyi Taw and Waziyar Cinemas in Yangon.

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Political cartoon retrospective draws lines between past and present

How much has the social and economic situation changed in recent times? A cartoon show from 1960 which now being exhibited would suggest: not much.

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Animal house

Here the great apes once roamed, along with orangutans, chimpanzees, wolves, an Indian rhino, tigers, leopards and a hyena nobody had ever seen before. The Yangon Zoological Garden has been home to them all in its 109-year history.

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