Opinion The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion.html Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:18:29 +0630 en-gb Jokowi loses way as support slides http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15295-jokowi-loses-way-as-support-slides.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15295-jokowi-loses-way-as-support-slides.html

The crash of a creaking 51-year-old transport plane with an indeterminate passenger list in Medan on June 30 somehow encapsulated the seemingly insurmountable problems facing Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Roger Mitton) Opinion Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:49:03 +0630
Reporting on war and peace http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15276-reporting-on-war-and-peace.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15276-reporting-on-war-and-peace.html

One of the boldest promises in President U Thein Sein’s inaugural address on March 30, 2011, was to end the “hell of untold miseries” suffered by Myanmar’s ethnic minority groups.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Thomas Kean) Opinion Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:25:04 +0630
Four interests in amending constitution http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15260-four-interests-in-amending-constitution.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15260-four-interests-in-amending-constitution.html We saw last week the culmination of the first round of parliamentary discussion on the constitution, in which attempts to introduce limited amendments failed to win the necessary majority.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Sithu Aung Myint) Opinion Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:54:52 +0630
Survey reveals fears over discussing national identity http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15259-survey-reveals-fears-over-discussing-national-identity.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15259-survey-reveals-fears-over-discussing-national-identity.html

The news in Myanmar is filled with stories about peace and conflict, national identity and the slow, bumpy road to democracy.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Cherry Thein) Opinion Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:46:34 +0630
A state of peace for Myanmar? http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15242-a-state-of-peace-for-myanmar.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15242-a-state-of-peace-for-myanmar.html When the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army declared a unilateral ceasefire earlier this month, the bloody war in Kokang faded from the headlines.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Nicholas Farrelly) Opinion Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:43:15 +0630
Call for headscarf ban is another attack on the rights of women http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15217-call-for-headscarf-ban-is-another-attack-on-the-rights-of-women.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15217-call-for-headscarf-ban-is-another-attack-on-the-rights-of-women.html

Proposals to ban Muslim schoolgirls in Myanmar from wearing headscarves raise further concerns that women’s rights are being oppressed by certain monks.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Fiona Macgregor) Opinion Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:51:52 +0630
It’s time for Myanmar to join the region and scrap visas http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15199-it-s-time-for-myanmar-to-join-the-region-and-scrap-visas.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15199-it-s-time-for-myanmar-to-join-the-region-and-scrap-visas.html

Anyone who travelled to Myanmar in earlier decades knows what a hassle it was to get a tourist visa, to worry about what to put on your landing card and customs form, and to fret about where and how to change money.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Roger Mitton) Opinion Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:07:10 +0630
The NLD duped again on constitution http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15181-the-nld-duped-again-on-constitution.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15181-the-nld-duped-again-on-constitution.html

The submission to parliament of two draft bills to amend the 2008 constitution on June 10, two years after the amendment process was launched, has attracted much interest.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Sithu Aung Myint) Opinion Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:10 +0630
Curtailing civil society in the kingdom http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15143-curtailing-civil-society-in-the-kingdom.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15143-curtailing-civil-society-in-the-kingdom.html

Several laws currently under consideration are threatening to bring about the end of free civil society in Cambodia.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Chak Sopheap) Opinion Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:35:02 +0630
Furlongs on the road to digitopia http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15121-furlongs-on-the-road-to-digitopia.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/15121-furlongs-on-the-road-to-digitopia.html

Technological milestones – like the furlong posts on highways out of Yangon – help us to measure how far we have travelled.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Nicholas Farrelly) Opinion Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:54:01 +0630