The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 05 September 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Laos: The cork in the bottle

When John Kennedy took over the presidency of the United States more than half a century ago, his predecessor Dwight Eisenhower told him that Laos was “the cork in the bottle” of Southeast Asia.

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Who benefits from the currency crisis?

Myanmar’s kyat has been sharply losing value of late against foreign currencies. The market price to buy US$1 was about K1180 yesterday, above the official rate of K1105.

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Where do ethnic politics go after 2015?

Ethnic parties face formidable challenges if they are to maintain their important role in Myanmar’s political system after the election.

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Do you ‘like’ the Tatmadaw?

The military’s budding foray into social media, particularly Facebook, will need to be carefully managed to avoid a backlash.

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Impunity and policies fuel sexual violence

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Myanmar’s signing up to the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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In Nepal, transgender people turn adversity into opportunity

This year began with such hope for transgender people in Nepal, as the government announced citizens could identify their gender as “other” on their passports.

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Lips that are zipped keep leaders happy

Yes, it is an implied reprimand to all those who forgot my birthday this week, and a big hug to my sister, who never forgets, and who sent me a card with an inspiring British postage stamp on the envelope.

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Quality infrastructure for Asia: more than cash, concrete and steel

Finding the funds to truck in the construction materials to build the infrastructure that Asia sorely needs is crucial, but far from everything.

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Government misfires on Oslo conference

The Oslo Conference to End Myanmar’s Systematic Persecution of Rohingyas was held from May 26 to 28 at the Norwegian Nobel Institution in Oslo, Norway.

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On the border, spite is no answer

The immediate Rohingya migration crisis – of gangster criminality, vessels set adrift, people starving and bodies exhumed – is galvanising action among those who can’t accept such evil.

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