The Myanmar Times
Friday, 29 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Sleepless nights in election year

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.

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Goals yet to be achieved

While significant hurdles stand in the way of a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, the resolution of a final draft - approved on March 31 – points the way to the possibility of peace.

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Critical questions for free elections

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.

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All the president’s men

This  week President U Thein Sein launched his very own press corps.

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Creating unity easier said than done for ASEAN

Unequal economic development and infrastructure, territorial disputes, and political feuding could unhinge the ASEAN Economic Community before it gets going.

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‘Protestant Buddhism’ of the West emphasises scientific over monastic

The Western conception of Buddhism differs significantly from the manner in which the religion has been practised for centuries in Asia.

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Peace, hope, optimism: ingredients for peace

Those who are not familiar with the workings of a peace process perhaps do not appreciate the role hope and optimism play in securing peace. These are, in fact, critical.

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Constitutional change: What are we waiting for?

On March 20, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann repeated his earlier statement that the constitutional amendment process will be completed by the end of the current parliamentary session.

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On Rakhine, karma and the art of good government

The monks of Sittwe live in a colony of vast monasteries spread throughout the isolated waterfront capital of Rakhine State.


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Getting the facts right on rape

A report out this week about riots in Mandalay last July highlighted the troubling role that rape rumours have played in outbreaks of communal violence in Myanmar.

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