Opinion The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion.html Sun, 24 May 2015 15:24:37 +0630 en-gb Letpadaung convictions taint the legal system http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14610-letpadaung-convictions-taint-the-legal-system.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14610-letpadaung-convictions-taint-the-legal-system.html

“They can imprison my body, but never my mind,” U Nay Myo Zin told us just before police led him into the Dagon township courtroom last week.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Vani Sathisan and Hayman Oo) Opinion Fri, 22 May 2015 09:42:06 +0630
Editorial: Paying tax is a duty, but ... http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14609-editorial-paying-tax-is-a-duty-but.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14609-editorial-paying-tax-is-a-duty-but.html The recent announcement by the government that commercial tax will be levied on mobile phone top-up cards has prompted heated debate among the public.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (The Myanmar Times) Opinion Fri, 22 May 2015 09:40:48 +0630
Discrimination at home and abroad http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14608-discrimination-at-home-and-abroad.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14608-discrimination-at-home-and-abroad.html

There was finally some good news this week when Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to grant refuge to thousands of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh adrift at sea in dire conditions.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Fiona Macgregor) Opinion Fri, 22 May 2015 09:35:05 +0630
Entering the rule-of-law minefield http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14586-entering-the-rule-of-law-minefield.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14586-entering-the-rule-of-law-minefield.html

The National League for Democracy’s mantra of the past three years could make life difficult for the party after this year’s election.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Roger Mitton) Opinion Thu, 21 May 2015 09:49:00 +0630
Coalition government: just a fantasy? http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14565-coalition-government-just-a-fantasy.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14565-coalition-government-just-a-fantasy.html

During his recent visit to the United States, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann said at a meeting in Washington that it would be possible to form a coalition government.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Sithu Aung Myint) Opinion Wed, 20 May 2015 09:35:46 +0630
Time running out for political dialogue http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14542-time-running-out-for-political-dialogue.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14542-time-running-out-for-political-dialogue.html

The May 1-6 meeting of ethnic armed group leaders in Pangkham, the headquarters of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), and the seemingly sudden involvement of the Wa in the peace process appears to have everyone worried.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Aung Naing Oo) Opinion Tue, 19 May 2015 09:45:04 +0630
Ethnic politics from the capital http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14504-ethnic-politics-from-the-capital.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14504-ethnic-politics-from-the-capital.html

When you have 135 official ethnic, or “national race”, categories, it’s hardly surprising that ethnic politics take up a great deal of space. Consider what happens in grandiose Nay Pyi Taw.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Nicholas Farrelly) Opinion Mon, 18 May 2015 09:29:22 +0630
Editorial: International loans demand sound state management http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14503-editorial-international-loans-demand-sound-state-management.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14503-editorial-international-loans-demand-sound-state-management.html One of the most visible and tangible outcomes of the reforms launched by Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government is the re-engagement of multilateral lenders, including the Asian Development Bank.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (The Myanmar Times) Opinion Mon, 18 May 2015 09:28:01 +0630
What is the UEC scared of? http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14468-what-is-the-uec-scared-of.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14468-what-is-the-uec-scared-of.html

Members of a new political entity calling itself the Women’s Party have been told by the Union Election Commission they should change the organisation’s name, it was reported this week.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Fiona Macgregor) Opinion Fri, 15 May 2015 09:37:01 +0630
Editorial: What are the forces driving migration? http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14467-editorial-what-are-the-forces-driving-migration.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/14467-editorial-what-are-the-forces-driving-migration.html The surge of “boat people” arrivals into Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand merits closer enquiry into the issue of regional migration. The majority of the trafficked people are from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (The Myanmar Times) Opinion Fri, 15 May 2015 09:36:13 +0630