Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

America can’t turn its back on the Asia-Pacific

As the world watches the US presidential election with bewilderment and unease, America’s allies in Asia are particularly concerned about the possibility of US disengagement from the region. In Japan and South Korea – America’s most important allies in the Asia-Pacific – Donald Trump's inward-looking rhetoric has sown fears that many Americans believe withdrawal from international alliances and institutions can, to use Trump’s formulation, “make America great again”.

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It’s up to China to save Asia’s oceans

Overfishing and pollution have so depleted China’s own fishery resources that in some places – including the East China Sea – there are virtually “no fish” left, according to reports in Chinese state media last week.

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Support for Myanmar’s media – vital then, essential now

I have always admired the courage and political instincts of Myanmar’s press.

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Great cities must protect their watersheds

The world’s great cities could hold the key to the prosperity of the human race. Yet a comprehensive new study points to a worrying trend: The water they need to grow is getting more expensive because they’re failing to protect the nature that purifies it.

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Work with us, not around us

On this day, August 19, we commemorate World Humanitarian Day. This is an opportunity for us to call for global solidarity and stand together with everyone affected by humanitarian crises in Myanmar and beyond. We all have a common responsibility to demand action to reach those furthest behind, and to support those who are most vulnerable and in need of assistance.

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Protecting transgender people in Myanmar

Being transgender can mean a world of possible gender identities, where people move from one gender to another and can also put aside the choice of male and female for one of “third gender”. Across Asia, including in Myanmar, many societies have a place for a third gender identity, and increasingly they are legally recognised too.

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Strengthening local efforts key to success

On World Humanitarian Day, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Renata Dessallien says the key to success is amplifying local voices and bolstering CSO efforts. 

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This is not the silly season

Newspapers in England call the period from July to September “the silly season” because few serious events happen then, so they fill their pages with lighter stories, usually of a bubbly, scandalous nature.

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The Indo-Pacific century

The Indo-Pacific concept is a useful way of understanding changing regional dynamics, but it also reflects a key strategic challenge – the relationship between China and India, two world giants with growing geopolitical ambitions

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Challenge of criminalising hate speech

Since Myanmar’s landmark election in November 2015, the National League for Democracy government has publicly condemned the use of so-called hate speech on several occasions and indicated that a new law may be drafted to tackle the problem.

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