The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Je suis Rohingya: The West’s dilemma

Sympathy for the Muslims of Rakhine State should not automatically extend to the recognition of the Rohingya as an ethnic group.

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White card or government political playing card?

During the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on February 2, MPs voted to allow holders of temporary identity cards, better known as white cards, to vote in a referendum on amending the constitution.

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Putting pen to paper – and making history

The 68th Union Day on February 12 ended on an historic note for Myanmar, with  the “Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation” being a major step in the right direction, writes Aung Naing Oo.

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"Can Asians Think?", and other nonsense

Most of Asia’s leading figures, in politics, academia, business and the media, are feeble, weak-minded, unsophisticated, and devoid of vision and dynamism – or so said Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani.

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Understanding ‘engaged Buddhism’

In 1963, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh coined the term “engaged Buddhism”. He did so in order to describe a phenomenon in Buddhism in which one is not simply advised to withdraw from the world in solitary meditation but to combat social and political injustice. Engaged Buddhism is a politically active form of Buddhism.

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The economic cost of the child labour crisis

The children of Myanmar are an important part of the Myanmar economy. They work as servants, factory workers and farm workers – often to replace adults who migrate to get better jobs in neighboring countries.

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Singapore’s PM-in-waiting commits a major blunder

Things have taken a distinct turn for the worse for Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party, which is often, and naively, touted as super-efficient and incorruptible.

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Charting a new path to peace

Union Day – February 12 – has been set as the new deadline for the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement. The most challenging part is walking the last mile, so it may be timely to revisit history.

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Where are the ‘protection of religion’ laws leading us?

At the lobbying of the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, four draft “protection of religion” laws were submitted to parliament by the government, and are now being discussed by MPs.

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ANZ takes stock of ‘Asia’s uncut gem’

Myanmar is not just at one crossroad, it is at several. The country is endowed with Asia’s most outstanding location and its economy is the most strategically positioned to benefit from the dual economic ascension of China and India. To achieve this potential, however, it must quickly embrace a global system of capitalism that has evolved around it during 50 years of economic isolation.

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