Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

The end of a dream as a presidency fizzles out

Exactly one month ago, on February 3, the Philippine Congress decided to adjourn until after the coming presidential election in May. It was a tremendous disaster for Aquino and it means that he is now likely to be perceived as a failure when he leaves office in June.

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The end of cross-border surrogacy?

The global trade in babies born through commercial surrogacy is slowly being shut down. India, Nepal, Thailand and Mexico have introduced measures that would limit or ban foreigners from hiring locals as surrogate mothers. Cambodia and Malaysia look likely to follow suit.

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Grim future awaits migrant workers

Since 2009, Thailand’s governments have had a general countrywide migration policy that enabled, but didn’t ensure or effectively promote, the regularisation of irregular, lower-skilled migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, and recently also Vietnam. This short-term, poorly planned policy prioritised Thailand's national and economic security over human security concerns.

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Who are the ‘Naypyitawrians’?

It once made sense to talk, simply, about a country named Burma, where the people spoke Burmese, and some of them were called Burman.

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Don’t treat girls and women as baby-making commodities

I would like to dedicate this week’s column to The Global New Light of Myanmar. The state newspaper has abandoned all superficial attempts to recognise that women are equal citizens and clarified exactly what it really thinks their role is: economic baby makers.

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The presidency: Where are we now?

What do we know about the content of the meetings between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the military? To sketch out the positions of both sides, the National League for Democracy leader wants to set aside section 59(f) of the constitution, which bars her from the presidency. But what does the military want in return?

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First we take Havana, then Vientiane

President Barack Obama of the United States will travel to Cuba next month. He will be only the second sitting American leader to visit the island.

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The closing of the academic mind

I would wager that I have been chancellor of more universities than anyone alive today. This is partly because when I was governor of Hong Kong, I was made chancellor of every university in the city. I protested, but the universities would not allow me to resign. So for five years, I enjoyed the experience of giving tens of thousands of students their degrees and watching what this rite of passage meant for them and their families.

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Demographic dividend must be built on reproductive rights

As the Asia Pacific Conference for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) begins in Nay Pyi Taw today, Yoriko Yasukawa, director of UNFPA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office, and Janet E Jackson, UNFPA representative for Myanmar, argue that adolescent girls are central to Myanmar’s future success on several fronts

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Provincial appeal: Why the NLD needs to look beyond city lights

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to visit most of the country’s major provincial hubs. From Kengtung to Myitkyina, Dawei to Sittwe, I find they each have a unique appeal.

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