The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Darkness and light in Thailand

The situation in Bangkok brings to mind the opening words of A Tale of Two Cities, the novel written by Charles Dickens 155 years ago and set during the years leading up to the French Revolution.

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Is Lenin due for yet another fall?

Roger Mitton on news of the statue of Lenin’s dismemberment in Kiev being banned in Vietnam.

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Opinion: The government's booze problem

Like an incorrigible boozehound, the government is in denial. Not only can it not see it has a problem; it actually seems to think it is doing a good job. 

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First-year Myanmar lessons

Just one year ago the restrictions on the United Nations Development Programme’s mandate in Myanmar were lifted after more than two decades.


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Migrant rage boils over

Earlier this month, an event occurred in Singapore that had been on the cards for years, if not decades, and the wonder was that it had not happened sooner.

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Democratic transition incomplete without security reform

Myanmar's democratic transition has progressed at remarkable speed, but security reform is key to the country's future writes governance expert Mark Sjolander.

 

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Western hypocrisy: Lest we forget

Western hypocrisy: Lest we forget

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Myanmar and South Africa: Comparisons are fortuitous, but instructive

Former Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in South Africa Derek Tonkin on drawing parallels between Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Transforming the culture of human rights in Myanmar

For nearly two decades, Myanmar was a key case study in the growth of the international human rights movement, a country beset by systematic denial of basic freedoms of assembly, association and expression.

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From a criticised constitution, a new political culture emerges

In 2002, when I published my Myanmar-language book on political negotiations called Dialogue, I dedicated it to “the people of Burma, who do not have the culture of dialogue”.

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