The Myanmar rural women’s network May Doe Kabar was created one year ago, on October 15, International Rural Women’s Day. The journey over the past year has been exciting. We have come a long way and we know we have a long way to go.
As strategic tensions have mounted in Asia this year, it has become steadily clearer that small and middle powers in the region – countries like Singapore and Australia – face a stark choice. But it isn’t, as some people suggest, a simple choice between accommodating China’s growing power or resisting it.
Donald Trump’s threat in last weekend’s presidential debate to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is legally empty – but it’s genuinely dangerous nevertheless. Federal regulations give the appointment power to the attorney general, not the president, precisely to protect us against a president who uses the special prosecutor as a political tool.
On September 19 and 20, 2011, world leaders convened in New York to get serious about addressing the world’s leading causes of ill health, death and disability globally – non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease. Despite accounting for two-thirds of all deaths worldwide, NCDs had hitherto remained in the shadow of other health challenges. This year marks the fifth anniversary of that gathering, known as the High Level Meeting, and provides an opportunity to take stock of progress over the last five years in addressing these diseases.
Around the world, private schools are booming, especially in developing countries. The Economist reports that in 2010, there were an estimated 1 million private schools in the developing world and the figure has since risen quickly. From Latin America to Africa and Southeast Asia, private schools have been moving into communities – mostly poor – where the state has been slow to provide services.
Thank goodness that the long arm of Malaysian law has stretched out to spank the spandex-clad buttocks of some very silly Australians and ensure that the nation’s propriety and pride are once again salvaged.
At several moments throughout the US election campaign I have felt that something about Donald Trump was disturbingly familiar, but I couldn’t quite pinpoint it. After seeing the video of this US presidential candidate and married man talking about kissing women, grabbing their vaginas and using his celebrity to get them to do whatever he wants, I now fully recognise the guy I have known since I was a teenage boy.
Myanmar’s rivers have great economic and historical significance. The Ayeyarwady and many other rivers have supported various settlements along its banks, providing fresh water, natural resources and irrigation for agriculture.