Saturday, October 01, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

The Indo-Pacific century

The Indo-Pacific concept is a useful way of understanding changing regional dynamics, but it also reflects a key strategic challenge – the relationship between China and India, two world giants with growing geopolitical ambitions

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Challenge of criminalising hate speech

Since Myanmar’s landmark election in November 2015, the National League for Democracy government has publicly condemned the use of so-called hate speech on several occasions and indicated that a new law may be drafted to tackle the problem.

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China bears heavy responsibility for weakening pressure on North Korea

It is vital for the international community to increase pressure in unison on North Korea to prevent it from making military provocations. China should not break this encirclement because of self-serving reasons.

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How long can the longyi last?

Look out at the street: What do you see men wearing?

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Wars and rumours of wars

In his 2011 study, British Comics, James Chapman wrote that comic books were “a valuable but neglected source of social history that provided insights into the societies and cultures in which they were produced and consumed”. Like other forms of popular visual culture, such as movies, comics are not only a reflection of the tastes and social values of consumers but also play an important role in influencing their attitudes and behaviours. 

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Jokowi and the art of the reshuffle

Smart politicians know it pays to keep the masses and the media engaged and entralled by regular headline-grabbing actions. So it proved once again when Indonesia’s oft-underestimated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo abruptly dumped nine ministers and juggled the jobs of four others on July 27.

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Why Myanmar Shouldn’t host the Games, ever

According to Olympic legend, hosting the Games is an economic boon for the chosen city and country. In reality, the Games are more often a boondoggle, as Rio de Janeiro is finding out.

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The sword of Damocles still hangs over the South China Sea

Contrary to widespread speculation, tensions in the South China Sea did not peak after the July 12 ruling by the arbitral tribunal: So far, China has not announced the creation of a South China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone, nor has it started the land reclamation of the Scarborough Shoal. 

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Why Thailand just voted in favour of another constitution – and why this matters to democracies elsewhere too

A man walks into a bookstore and asks for a copy of the constitution. “We don’t sell periodical literature,” replies the manager. This joke dates to 1958, when France passed the Fifth Republic constitution. So spare a thought for Thai voters, who on August 7 approved the country’s 20th constitution since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.

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China’s chance to lead on development

In September, China will host the G20 meeting of world leaders for the first time. It could not have chosen a more opportune moment to assume a leadership role. Chinese President Xi Jinping should seize the occasion to push China’s ambitious development agenda globally.

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