The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

You don’t have to ‘like’ the news

A new study shows that offering a “respect” option together with a “like” button can prompt a significantly different response from readers.

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Race for the presidency gets dirty

For months now, evidence of a split in the Union Solidarity and Development Party has been clearly visible.

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Myanmar’s middle-class bulge

KFC’s arrival in Yangon isn’t simply about adding another unhealthy option to Myanmar’s smorgasbord of deep-fried delights.

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Remembering girls

Recently I found myself in Venice unexpectedly. Having arrived on an urgent and all-consuming matter, I ruefully realised that although the city’s legendary biennale was under way, I had little appetite for any of its artistic offerings.

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The election – free, fair and credible?

The people of Myanmar deserve more than an election that is simply an improvement on the scandal-plagued 2010 vote.

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Amazing Grace glides into the lead

Her name is Grace Poe and she looks like a mousey schoolmistress. But do not be deceived: This mother of three kids is one tough cookie.

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Blasphemy statutes deny human rights

Rather than being used to curb communal tension as originally intended, anti-blasphemy laws are increasingly wielded in some countries to punish those whose acts of expression are thought to clash with conservative interpretations of the majority religion.

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The sunny side of ordinary life

It’s easy to make a list of what’s going wrong in Myanmar: the Rohingya conundrum, continuing ethnic conflict, religious extremism, economic inequality, elite political deadlocks, tense regional relations.

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Scottish MP inspiration for young women

So who is this Mhairi Black? A Scottish friend working here in Yangon told me this was a question being asked by various Myanmar women in her office this week.

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Najib tries to ride out the storm

The past week or two have been pretty stunning news-wise. Aside from the Greek calamity, there was Nguyen Phu Trong’s chummy-chummy meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House.

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