When pondering media repression in this region, it is not the blatant cases of molesting, detaining and jailing journalists that inflame us most, but the craftier controls enforced by backroom bureaucrats and company bagmen.
We may be only six months away from Myanmar’s eagerly awaited general election. Something like 200 sleeps? As the clock ticks down on the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, and the term of President U Thein Sein, the battle for the upper hand is on.
The November general election will serve as a critical test of the genuineness of the transition toward democracy. Many hope that the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will take the majority of seats, carving out a better political space for the current opposition to shape the country’s future.
The Western conception of Buddhism differs significantly from the manner in which the religion has been practised for centuries in Asia.