The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 30 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Malaysia faces consequences of the past

Malaysia’s ongoing currency crash has many causes: a worsening global outlook, plunging commodity prices and, of course, the political scandal enveloping Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Cambodia’s regulation of NGOs overdue

The actions of the country's veteran leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen, deserve a more sober appraisal than the knee-jerk reactions of critics in the United States, Europe, and Australia, who claim that the law is too restrictive. As Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng said, “I cannot understand why some other foreign countries are against this law. We have prepared it based on their laws. Why can they have it and not us?”

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Military precision as election nears

There has been a noticeable split within the Union Solidarity and Development Party but the military is making every effort to maintain its power after the November 8 election.

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On English-language teaching – and imperialism

Working as an English-language teacher in Myanmar I’ve often been left bemused and frustrated by the textbooks school administrators have selected for their English courses. With topics on skiing holidays, tele-vision soaps, fashion, food and celebrities, at best it’s irrelevant, but at worst there is an element of imperialism that stems from a globalisation that is unbalanced.

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Asia’s sustainability turning point

The battle for sustainability will be won - or lost - in Asia. Although it may sound dramatic, the concept is not far-fetched. Our region is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, accounting for 40 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of global growth. Globally, 60pc of the population calls Asia home and urban populations are predicted to grow from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion in 2050.

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Myanmar and the politics of disaster

Myanmar has endured more than its fair share of human-made disasters, but the recovery from the natural devastation recent flooding will not happen in a vacuum. As we learned in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, there can be very serious political consequences in the wake of such traumatic events.

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Amnesty International mulls call for decriminalisation of sex work

Amnesty International will hold a vote this week on a controversial draft policy that could see the organisation call for the decriminalisation of consensual sex work internationally.

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Najib can reshuffle cabinet, not party

The first thing a new foreign correspondent in Malaysia learns is that although the National Front government comprises more than a dozen parties, only one member of the coalition really counts.

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Judicial estate needs independence

A case study into the country’s court system reveals how one small land ownership dispute serves as a microcosm of Myanmar’s larger issues.

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The trouble with inclusiveness

Negotiating who gets to negotiate is holding up a nationwide ceasefire – is it better to leave out smaller groups?

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