The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Decentralise education – then what?

In recent weeks, hundreds of students have taken to the streets of Yangon to protest against the National Education Law, which they argue subverts their liberty by establishing a National Education Commission to oversee universities.

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Building unity, one language at a time

The teaching of ethnic minority languages can help to bring people together – as it has done in other countries, writes consultant Lian Kual Sang.

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What's in a name: Rohingya or Bengali?

Sithu Aung Myint on the war of words playing out in Rakhine State and across the country.

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Cult of impunity shields Philippine mass murderers

Justice delayed is justice denied, but this is ridiculous. More than five years after 58 innocent Filipinos were murdered in cold blood, not one person has been convicted, writes Roger Mitton.

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Indonesia’s new president Jokowi an inspiring example for Myanmar

If there is one person President U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could gain most from studying between now and next year’s general election, it is Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo.

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Democratic armies: How security reform supports peace

The week I returned home from exile in 2012 I bumped into an old friend – a former Bush political appointee – on a busy road in Yangon.

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Is the USDP inciting conflict?

At a press conference on November 18 in Nay Pyi Taw, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann gave his opinion on the amendment to section 436 of the constitution proposed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy.

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Protecting profits over people

Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country.

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Memo to Myanmar’s critics: Don’t forget context matters

When I’m feeling down, when I’m troubled and disoriented, I recall what my old physiology professor once counselled in such situations: “Context.”

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Education protests offer lessons

As many Myanmar and foreigners alike discuss whether reforms have stalled in Myanmar, it is interesting to see one specific reform being the focus of renewed activism.

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