The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 02 September 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

The election – free, fair and credible?

The people of Myanmar deserve more than an election that is simply an improvement on the scandal-plagued 2010 vote.

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Amazing Grace glides into the lead

Her name is Grace Poe and she looks like a mousey schoolmistress. But do not be deceived: This mother of three kids is one tough cookie.

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Blasphemy statutes deny human rights

Rather than being used to curb communal tension as originally intended, anti-blasphemy laws are increasingly wielded in some countries to punish those whose acts of expression are thought to clash with conservative interpretations of the majority religion.

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The sunny side of ordinary life

It’s easy to make a list of what’s going wrong in Myanmar: the Rohingya conundrum, continuing ethnic conflict, religious extremism, economic inequality, elite political deadlocks, tense regional relations.

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Scottish MP inspiration for young women

So who is this Mhairi Black? A Scottish friend working here in Yangon told me this was a question being asked by various Myanmar women in her office this week.

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Najib tries to ride out the storm

The past week or two have been pretty stunning news-wise. Aside from the Greek calamity, there was Nguyen Phu Trong’s chummy-chummy meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House.

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Why constitutional review is needed

An independent mechanism for judicial review is crucial for the future of Myanmar’s democratisation process.

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NLD backs the Speaker’s dirty tricks

The former military government took 15 years to write and approve Myanmar’s constitution. In short, it is a constitution written for the continuation of military dictatorship in Myanmar.

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Can Myanmar benefit from China plan?

China’s leaders are looking to convince us that their dreams of “one belt, one road” can lead to a new wave of global prosperity.

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This is the moment for peace

After 60 years of warfare, our people dream of peace. If the government and the Tatmadaw are truly committed, we will achieve the nationwide ceasefire agreement very soon. Let’s take the last step together.

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