The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 05 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

No easy answers on Myanmar’s constitutional challenges

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.

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In Myanmar, scant protection for women

Discriminatory legislation moves closer to approval while maternal healthcare flounders from lack of funding.

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Jokowi loses way as support slides

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.

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Reporting on war and peace

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.

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Four interests in amending constitution

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.

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Survey reveals fears over discussing national identity

The news in Myanmar is filled with stories about peace and conflict, national identity and the slow, bumpy road to democracy.

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A state of peace for Myanmar?

When the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army declared a unilateral ceasefire earlier this month, the bloody war in Kokang faded from the headlines.

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Call for headscarf ban is another attack on the rights of women

Proposals to ban Muslim schoolgirls in Myanmar from wearing headscarves raise further concerns that women’s rights are being oppressed by certain monks.

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It’s time for Myanmar to join the region and scrap visas

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.

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The NLD duped again on constitution

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.

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