The Myanmar Times
Monday, 02 March 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Understanding ‘engaged Buddhism’

In 1963, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh coined the term “engaged Buddhism”. He did so in order to describe a phenomenon in Buddhism in which one is not simply advised to withdraw from the world in solitary meditation but to combat social and political injustice. Engaged Buddhism is a politically active form of Buddhism.

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The economic cost of the child labour crisis

The children of Myanmar are an important part of the Myanmar economy. They work as servants, factory workers and farm workers – often to replace adults who migrate to get better jobs in neighboring countries.

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Singapore’s PM-in-waiting commits a major blunder

Things have taken a distinct turn for the worse for Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party, which is often, and naively, touted as super-efficient and incorruptible.

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Charting a new path to peace

Union Day – February 12 – has been set as the new deadline for the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement. The most challenging part is walking the last mile, so it may be timely to revisit history.

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Where are the ‘protection of religion’ laws leading us?

At the lobbying of the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, four draft “protection of religion” laws were submitted to parliament by the government, and are now being discussed by MPs.

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ANZ takes stock of ‘Asia’s uncut gem’

Myanmar is not just at one crossroad, it is at several. The country is endowed with Asia’s most outstanding location and its economy is the most strategically positioned to benefit from the dual economic ascension of China and India. To achieve this potential, however, it must quickly embrace a global system of capitalism that has evolved around it during 50 years of economic isolation.

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Avoiding conflict with communities: An investment that pays off for mining firms

Despite the conflict at Letpadaung, the interests of mining firms and communities can align – provided investors make a serious effort to understand an area’s people and environment.

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Wanbao must stick to its commitments

Many are questioning whether anyone will be held accountable for the killing of Daw Khin Win, who was shot during a December 22 protest near the Letpadaung copper mine.

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The ceasefire and a town called ‘love’

Thanks to the sustained ceasefire in southern Myanmar since 2012, Metta has got its true meaning back.

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America does a ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine on Myanmar

A lot of fuss is made over the provision that a quarter of the seats in Myanmar’s parliament are reserved for the military.

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