Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Adopt plain packaging to halt tobacco epidemic

Tobbaco use continues to be a major public health issue in Southeast Asia, with nearly 246 million people in the region’s 11 countries continuing to smoke tobacco, and just below 290 million using it in smokeless forms. Tobacco is leading to the death of 1.3 million people across the region every year – the equivalent of 150 fatalities per hour.

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Could NLD corruption fight end ‘tea money’ for govt services?

Myanmar's new National League for Democracy government has a huge set of reform challenges waiting for it, but few could be more important and intractable than corruption.

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Nationalism’s threat to a fragile world order

By all accounts, the much-anticipated Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea was a non-event. If the first such meeting of North Korea’s highest organ in more than 35 years had any impact at all, it was to dash any hopes that the country’s irascible leader, Kim Jong-un, would turn his attention to economic reform.

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Remembering Depayin and other tragedies

On May 30, 2003, a convoy of National League for Democracy members, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was brutally attacked on the outskirts of Depayin, a town in Sagaing Region.

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The international community must speak out over abuse of civilians

Last week a colleague and I were in northern Shan State covering the conflict there between the Myanmar Tatmadaw and various ethnic armed groups.

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Universal health, universal rights

Good health is the mainstay of a good life. This may seem like a truism, but for too many people it does not reflect their lives and their children’s prospects.

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Jakarta to ASEAN: Drop dead

Severals years ago, when my energy levels were higher, I pursued then-Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas quite relentlessly for an interview until he gave in.

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In Myanmar, democracy for all?

The Washington Post's editorial board on the challenges faced by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the urgent need for her to meaningfully address the country's pressing human rights issues. 

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Time for India to stretch its wings

Mujobu Moyo on the World Bank's development support program and why now might be the right time for India to stand on its own two feet. 

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The problem with 'capacity building'

Consultant Khaing Tun on the real meaning of "capacity building" and "capacity development" – perhaps the most overused phrases in Myanmar today.

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