Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Time to end the old boys’ monopoly

Last week I wrote about the lamentable lack of women in Myanmar’s new cabinet. It provoked a mixed reaction.

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Diplomats on the handover

The Myanmar Times asked several ambassadors for their views on the challenges and priorities that lie ahead for the new government, and what investment opportunities they see.

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Tribunal decision may spark regional conflict

Within the next two months, an international tribunal in Holland will make a judgement about the ownership of disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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Democracy in Myanmar: Who can take credit?

Paraphrasing the Roman historian Tacitus, US President John F Kennedy said in 1961 that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”. This aphorism springs to mind as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy prepare to assume power as the first popularly elected government in Myanmar for more than 50 years.

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ASEAN’s destructive elites

The ASEAN has long been envisioned as a foundation stone for stability, security and increased prosperity in Asia. But with uncertainty plaguing the political systems of Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand, ASEAN may be entering a period of policy and diplomatic inertia. 

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Community health: We care for our own

With the convening of the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament and the formation of the U Htin Kyaw cabinet – including the appointment of Dr Myint Htwe as the new minister for health – we, along with our conflict-affected communities, are hopeful that there is finally light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

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Researching Myanmar today – this way please!

On a recent Tuesday, I turned up, unannounced, at the National Archives building in Nay Pyi Taw. I confess I was not sure what reception my Australian National University collaborator, Andrew Walker, and I would receive.

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Myanmar’s new cabinet: national reconciliation without equality

The appointment of just one woman – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – to the next government is a missed opportunity for the NLD

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How autopsies can save more children’s lives

In an age in which data is more plentiful and accessible than ever before, we are accustomed to basing our decisions on as much evidence as we can gather. The more important the decision, the keener we are to ensure that our research is thorough and our information is accurate.

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Public health principles at the heart of tuberculosis fight

Tuberculosis is a global public health scourge. In 2014, 9.6 million people worldwide were estimated to have fallen ill with the disease, while 1.5 million people suffered TB-related deaths.

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