Since the reform process began in Myanmar in 2011, a new cafe scene, one mirroring that of New York or Melbourne, has started to emerge and the race to serve a market thirsty for coffee has begun.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:48

Myanmar’s controversial census

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Down and out for the count?

The vice president of the Rakhine Literature and Culture Association, Dr San Hla Kyaw, was adamant that the people who call themselves Rohingya should not be counted in Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:30

Water woes

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Exuberant water throwing is a feature of Thingyan, Myanmar’s traditional new year celebration. But is water from the public supply or in bottles safe to drink?

Friday, 11 April 2014 16:52

Embracing CSR

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Corporate leaders reap dividends from sustainable social investment

A small but growing number of Myanmar companies are embracing the concept of corporate social responsibility, motivated by an altruistic desire to be responsible corporate citizens.

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:26

Handing to Myanmar

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Thailand bids to revive Myanmar’s oil refining as home business falters

A combination of regulatory bureaucracy, environment protection activism and political instability is undermining Thailand’s ambitions to become a regional fuel oils export hub.

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:08

A chance to grow

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Border school nurtures future Karen leaders

Proud family members bearing flowers, colourful knitted lanyards and envelopes filled with Thai baht climbed into the convoy of buses at the Mae La refugee camp before they headed off along the winding mountain highway to celebrate the graduation of loved ones.

Monday, 07 April 2014 12:45

Blogging outreach

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Myanmar’s bloggers find opportunity, pitfalls and occasionally indirect income through the net

The late American writer Ernest Hemingway and Myanmar blogger Nay Phone Latt couldn’t be more different. Where Hemingway was raucous, Nay Phone Latt is quietly spoken, almost unnoticeable in a crowd.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:57

A quiet achiever with nerves of steel

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In the early 1990s Ms Moe Thuzar had just joined the Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then Colonel Thein Sein was a staff officer at Defence Ministry headquarters.

Monday, 31 March 2014 14:04

Before the big opening

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Long-term expats with a total of more than a century in Myanmar talk about how times have changed since they first arrived.

Monday, 31 March 2014 13:58

Vulnerable workers

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Advocacy group pushes for solution to migrant workers’ plight

The number of Myanmar workers in Thailand with expired visas has reached 200,000 and is growing by up to 1,000 a day, says the director of the Migrant Worker Rights Network, U Sein Htay.