Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Tokyo of the past as model for Asia’s future

Truly great cities capture our imagination, even when we have never visited them. Paris conjures renewal and love, New York is about hustle and dynamism, and London represents staid charm. Istanbul speaks of mystery, Rio de Janeiro of zestful libertinism and Shanghai of rapid reinvention.

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Najib learns that all you need is fear

Like the adage that it takes a thief to catch a thief, it often takes an unprincipled politician to defeat a rival with the same qualities. Even at the ripe young age of 91, Mahathir is still using Machiavellian tactics to try to unseat his successor and former acolyte, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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The UN could use a little more democracy

As much as it demands transparency and accountability from its member states, the United Nations has not always been very good at providing them itself. Now more than ever, the UN needs to bring more of its backroom dealings into the light – and it can start with the process for selecting its leader.

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ASEAN’s South China Sea ulcer

Continued failure to address the South China Sea issue is not just a short-term failure – it now represents a significant and ongoing risk to the Southeast Asian bloc’s health. The regional organisation should seek treatment, and stat.

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A crown prince and German affairs

Why revealing – and bizarre – photos of Thailand's crown prince are making royalists anxious.

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South China Sea: Why aid will trump islands

The Hague ruling against China’s claims in the South China Sea reminds me of the Daoist story of the farmer who lost his horse. The horse had run away, but when the farmer’s neighbours sought to commiserate over his misfortune, the farmer simply said, “Maybe.” 

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Martyrs’ Day: a wake-up call for reconciliation in Myanmar

For many reasons, this year’s Martyrs’ Day on July 19 was a significant break from the past.

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Doing the honourable thing

The death of women’s rights activist Qandeel Baloch at the hands of her brother in Pakistan this week made international headlines – and rightly so.

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The strongman’s power trap

Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was forming a 400,000-man national guard that would report only to him, many Russians wondered why a new military force was needed. After all, Russia’s army was supposedly back: Putin had equipped it with new toys and even arranged for two small wars – in Georgia in 2008 and in Ukraine, starting in 2014 – to prove it.

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Cambodia, assassination capital of Asia

There's been another one. Again the victim was a prominent government critic, shot in the head in broad daylight in the centre of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.

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