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

Misogyny is hate speech too

Hate speech must be curbed. That was the message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon when he addressed an interfaith meeting of religious leaders ahead of the 21st-century Panglong Conference this week.

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Obama goes to Laos to suck eggs

Next week, the region’s leaders will gather in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, for the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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What’s next for Myanmar-China relations?

China and Myanmar have shared a geopolitically strategic 2185-kilometre (1358-mile) border since the end of World War II. But the relationship was hardly a model of shared-border brotherhood.

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Japan set to reap returns on investment in Myanmar

After over 20 years of sanctions and international pariah status, Myanmar has begun to come in from the cold. Japan has always taken its own approach to Myanmar, following a “carrot and stick” method throughout the 1990s and 2000s. It also cultivated a widely held perception that Japan has invested heavily in Myanmar since its independence, and now it’s time to reap the benefits.

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Will Panglong II end the ethnic conflict?

Newly democratic Myanmar is all set to launch its 21st-century Panglong Conference on August 31. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed that her government is keen to make it as inclusive as possible.

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Reconciling investment protection and human rights

This month the newly elected Myanmar government released its economic policy and announced that it will seek to attract even more foreign investment than under previous administrations. But the new policy did not outline how it will ensure that foreign investment will contribute to the protection of human rights and sustainable development.

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India should seize the opportunity to build ties with Myanmar

President U Htin Kyaw began a four-day trip to India on August 27 accompanied by his wife, Daw Su Su Lwin, several key ministers and senior officials. This is the president’s first state visit to the neighbouring country, and his arrival presents a critical opportunity for India to cement closer ties.

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Myanmar’s plan for police reform is an opportunity for the international community

Myanmar 's new government sometimes seems overwhelmed with challenges. But while the challenges regularly make headlines, the country’s move to reform its national police and improve the rule of law is a hopeful step forward. The international community should recognise the value of these efforts and look for ways to expand support to the police.

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Myitsone dam project: The fourth choice, or the fifth one?

On July 24, the Myanmar-language state newspaper The Mirror published an interesting editorial about the suspended and controversial Myitsone mega-hydropower project (US$3.6 billion) in Kachin State.

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Duterte’s contempt for the world

Warning: Most of the quotes in this article were made by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, a man who uses vulgar language and gratuitously insults women, gays and human rights advocates.

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