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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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