Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

China’s unfinished gender revolution

One of the distinctive features of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Mao era was its commitment to women’s liberation. Along with the campaign to create the New Socialist Man, the CCP emphasised a new ideal of womanhood in the figure of the New Socialist Woman. Yet women’s political participation has been slowing since China entered the reform age.

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Don’t be stung by Zika complacency

What will you do if you come down with a fever, rash, red eyes, muscle and joint pain? Some of us may just take some paracetamol assuming we have contracted seasonal flu, or have a rest. It is unlikely most of us will rush to a doctor to find out if we have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, let alone be aware the two viruses share common symptoms.

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Birth in a time of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

King Henry VIII, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, all lost their mothers to infections following childbirth. Literature abounds with tragic stories of maternal death, but maternal and infant mortality is not confined to the past, much less to fiction.

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Let the succession games begin: The tussle for Singapore’s leadership

Bolstered by the superficial reportage of many international news outlets, there is an absurd myth that Singaporean politics is boring. In reality, few countries have a more fascinating, more intriguing, more controlled and yet more misunderstood polity than does the Little Red Dot.

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Chinese repression is backfiring in Hong Kong

US President Barack Obama has frequently predicted that the aggressive policies of Russia and China in places such as Ukraine and the South China Sea are destined to be self-defeating, because of the blowback they generate. It has been, at times, an all-too-convenient theory for a president reluctant to embrace robust counteraction by the United States. But an election in Hong Kong last weekend provided strong evidence that, in the case of that quasi-autonomous Chinese territory, Beijing’s growing repression and nationalism under President Xi Jinping have backfired.

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ASEAN centrality losing ground

Vientiane will host the 28th and 29th ASEAN summits this week, with the meetings’ documents rotating around the same themes that ASEAN has been promoting for decades: unity and centrality. The worry, both at the summits and beyond, is that there is little effort to put substance into these goals.

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Responding to Duterte’s reign of terror

Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in late June and declared a “war on drugs”, more than 1900 people have been killed – 756 by police officers and another 1160 by “vigilantes”, according to police reports as of August 24. Mr Duterte is celebrating the killings and has vowed to continue his anti-drug program so long as he remains president.

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As Rakhine body chair, Kofi Annan takes on Myanmar politics’ third rail

In an attempt to find a sustainable solution to the complicated issues between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine State, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is visiting Myanmar this week.

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The Philippines’ Duterte is product of a violent paradox, not its cause

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs has racked up more than 2000 deaths in two months, as well as widespread shock and condemnation worldwide. But the outrage is less prevalent in the Philippines, where the purge is condoned, if not tacitly supported, by most societal and political groups.

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Why conservation of our environment matters

On his way to East Asia last week, US President Barack Obama travelled to a secluded Hawaiian atoll far from his hometown of Honolulu for a brief and deserved moment of celebration. The US president had announced that he is expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, making it the largest protected wilderness area in the world.

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