Territorial disputes often seem to fester forever. There are flare-ups, clashes, resolutions, betrayals – and then the circle game begins again, as neither side wants to cede land. It is almost like an amputation or the severing of an affair; there is an intense and unshakeable resistance to losing part of one’s being.
Twenty-five years ago, the state of public health for large populations was like that of a doctor trying to treat a patient without a proper diagnosis. The diseases and injuries that cut lives short and caused widespread suffering were not rigorously tracked.
In May, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) circulated Letter 904 indicating that private parties and government agencies should no longer use foreign currency for transactions within Myanmar.
If the military genuinely wants to prove it is there to protect the people of Myanmar rather than its own members, it would not seem much of a sacrifice for it to hand over to the justice system the rapists in its ranks. Can voters trust an organisation that grants itself the authority to give impunity to rapists?
Two hundred years have passed since the battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon’s calamitous defeat made such a huge dent in his country’s self-image that General Charles de Gaulle, in his history of the French army, simply omitted it.