The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

ADB at 50: Is it ready to face new challenges and stay relevant?

More than 5,000 high profile delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors from 4 to 7 May in Yokohama, Japan.

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Myanmar media in a regional context

Five years ago, Myanmar’s media scene was very oppressive and pathetic, both by international and ASEAN standards. Since then, with the end of news censorship and mandatory printing license, the overall freedom of expression has improved significantly. Now the country’s press freedom index is rising for overall openness in comparison with other ASEAN members.

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It takes a few countries to start decarbonisation revolution

In 2016, more renewable energy was added to the global grid than ever before, and at a lower cost. A global energy revolution is clearly underway.

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Putting a ‘human face’ to AEC

The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) held its 30th summit in Manila last week amid growing anti-globalisation sentiments in the West.

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Report, reshape, reconnect: How journalism saves itself

News media was the engine of journalism for past society. However, the development in recent decades has changed it. An inevitable series of transformation in technology, politics and economy has reshaped the communication landscape.

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Construction sector going green

Yangon city is booming with new buildings and skyscrapers and the development is spreading from the city centre out towards the suburban areas.

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South Korea has few options to secure peace with its northern neighbour

In the culmination of weeks of growing tension in the region, the US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and a Navy carrier strike group is expected to arrive off the coast North Korea today, just as the reclusive nation celebrates the anniversary of its military’s founding.

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Many in Myanmar need deeper understanding of ‘reconciliation’

The term ‘reconciliation’ or ‘national reconciliation’ is an overused term in Myanmar these days. It is often found in political statements or uttered by politicians or ethnic leaders.

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Inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism in Jakarta

Judging from national and international headlines, Jakarta’s gubernatorial election on April 19 represents not just a major turning point for the nation’s capital and city of 12 million, but potentially for the entire country.

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Europe’s fate depends on the winner of French presidential election

The results of one of the most divisive and unpredictable presidential contests in recent French history, which saw early frontrunner, the conservative Francois Fillon, laid low by a corruption scandal and judicial investigation, a late surge by Jean-Luc Melenchon the far-left firebrand who wants to take France out of the European Union and NATO and the Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon come in a distant fifth place, are now in.

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