Myanmar is transitioning from military rule to democracy – a difficult project considering that the country has never been united. The difficulties of this transition date back to 1947. Ethnic states now want limited autonomy within Myanmar and a share of the revenues from their own raw materials.
A virus that infects your brain, makes you want to bite things, and is almost always fatal after symptoms appear probably sounds like something from a zombie movie. But this has been the modus operandi of rabies at least since 2300 BC, when it was described in the Eshuma Code of Babylon. The word’s Sanskrit etymology – rabhas, meaning “to do violence” – dates back to 3000 BC.
Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man and owner of Wanda Group, is close a deal that would give him control of Hollywood’s Dick Clark Productions, valued at US$1 billion. Fear has spread throughout Hollywood that China’s propaganda machine is coming to Tinseltown.
Does anyone remember US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia? The plan was to focus diplomatic and military assets in East Asia to contain a rising China. It was one of the reasons Mr Obama said he was shrinking the American footprint in the Middle East.
October 24 should be a unique day in the history of polio. If all goes according to plan, it will be the last annual World Polio Day before the disease is eradicated. But now is not the time for celebration or complacency; while we know how to eliminate polio, we have not yet finished the job.
Ever since I was able to speak and became conscious of my own actions, I remember telling my mom that I wished I were a boy. I was restrained from playing with my close male friends unless there were some girls in the group. When I asked why, I was lectured on how girls were different from boys, how “good girls” must not mingle with boys, and how girls must always conform to feminine customs.
Following his initial announcement on September 14 alongside State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during her US visit, US President Barack Obama on October 7 signed an executive order terminating the remaining US sanctions against Myanmar. Without doubt, this is a significant positive change for Myanmar and its bilateral relationship with the US. But NLD has its work cut out for it; the new government must continue to work to improve the legal and regulatory framework and incentivise investment, working with key stakeholders to build a solid foundation and ensure the country can avoid the development mishaps that other emerging countries have suffered.
It wasn’t so long ago that rivers of bicycle commuters coursed through Chinese cities. As a means of navigating urban roads, two wheels couldn’t be beat. They were cheap – and China was poor – and Chinese cities were compact enough to allow for conveyance by pedal power alone. As recently as 1986, 63 percent of Beijingers used a bike as their primary mode of transportation.