Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

In Thailand, a dangerous militarisation of justice

More than two years since the National Council for Peace and Order staged a coup, the military regime in Thailandcontinues to justify its grip on power by running the systematic militarisation of law and the judicial process against its critics, political dissidents and ordinary citizens, write the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

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Spurn this poisoned chalice, Daw Suu

It was an unusual suggestion from an unexpected source and it signalled the extraordinary desperation that pervades the thinking of some of the region’s most senior leaders.

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Could a basic income help poor countries?

The old idea of recasting the welfare state by instituting an unconditional, universal basic income has lately been capturing imaginations across the political spectrum. But could it actually work?

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The nationwide ceasefire from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective

What do gender equality advocates in Myanmar want from a nationwide ceasefire and does the existing nationwide ceasefire agreement deliver?

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For many Muslims, Sufi singer Amjad Sabri’s murder is about more than music

Last week, the music died. Amjad Sabri, a master of qawwali, the devotional music that is wildly popular across the Indian subcontinent and well beyond, was gunned down in Karachi, Pakistan. The man who spent his life singing the praises of the prophet Muhammad, was accused of blaspheming the prophet, and he was executed for it.

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Unpacking the meaning of ‘Brexit’

The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a huge boost, as will other anti-immigrant populist politicians. Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration.

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Secession in a democratic system?

Eventually, the shockwaves from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will ripple into Myanmar affairs. One way or another, we all need to digest the lessons of last week’s historic referendum.

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An open letter to the state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar, her excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

On the occasion of your visit to Thailand during June 23-25, we, the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons – composed of academic institutions and civil society organisations in Thailand dedicated to providing support to refugees and stateless people, and researching the issue of migration into Thailand, particularly the Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh – would like to make the following recommendations to Her Excellency as the state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar:

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Visit is chance to rethink investments

This week’s visit by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand appears to hold out hope for Thai state and private investors to revitalise their plans for key investments in Myanmar. Among these projects, the most prominent are the Dawei special economic zone and a cascade of hydroelectric dams on the Thanlwin River.

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The fight against child labour begin at home

Good news this week that the government is promising to clamp down on the use of child labour in the workplace.

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