The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Indonesia’s new president Jokowi an inspiring example for Myanmar

If there is one person President U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could gain most from studying between now and next year’s general election, it is Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo.

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Democratic armies: How security reform supports peace

The week I returned home from exile in 2012 I bumped into an old friend – a former Bush political appointee – on a busy road in Yangon.

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Is the USDP inciting conflict?

At a press conference on November 18 in Nay Pyi Taw, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann gave his opinion on the amendment to section 436 of the constitution proposed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy.

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Protecting profits over people

Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country.

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Memo to Myanmar’s critics: Don’t forget context matters

When I’m feeling down, when I’m troubled and disoriented, I recall what my old physiology professor once counselled in such situations: “Context.”

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Education protests offer lessons

As many Myanmar and foreigners alike discuss whether reforms have stalled in Myanmar, it is interesting to see one specific reform being the focus of renewed activism.

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Why Congress is concerned about the 2015 election

More than 40 members of the United States Congress recently sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he pressure President U Thein Sein to ensure the democratic reforms in Myanmar continue.

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Competition coming in aid financing

There is a significant change on the horizon in the way the world delivers aid financing to developing countries. Western nations and their supporters have dominated aid lending since the end of the Second World War, through institutions like the World Bank, IMF and Asian Development Bank.

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Memo to Myanmar’s critics: Context is key

When it comes to taking stock of Myanmar's reform process and whether it has stalled or slowed or backslid, it is important to keep things in context, writes Roger Mitton.

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The Insider: The local lowdown & best of the web

Journalists repressed in tent city

In a report from Eleven entitled “Eyewitness of poor management for ASEAN Summit”, journalist Nay Tun Naing revealed the conditions the media were made to face while covering the thrill-a-minute affair.

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