In what some thought could be a game-changer to Myanmar’s political landscape, several constitutional amendments were voted down in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, or Union parliament, on June 25.
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.
The news in Myanmar is filled with stories about peace and conflict, national identity and the slow, bumpy road to democracy.
Proposals to ban Muslim schoolgirls in Myanmar from wearing headscarves raise further concerns that women’s rights are being oppressed by certain monks.
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.