Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:36

Nawaday Art Gallery

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An oasis of green and a controversial owner

Sipping a latte in a residential compound owned by someone once considered the most feared man in Myanmar - and who spent seven years living there under house arrest - is one of the most surreal experiences Yangon has to offer.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:32

Energy addiction

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Piracy surge justifies China’s investment in Myanmar oil terminal

China’s strategic investment in an oil transhipment terminal on the Myanmar coast at Kyaukphyu and a 900-kilometre pipeline to Yunnan could soon be justified by a surge in piracy in the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:27

Thilawa SEZ: Some unanswered questions

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Residents raise environmental, health concerns

Concerns about air and water pollution from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone have been raised at a meeting held by its management committee to give residents an opportunity to discuss concerns about the project's environmental impact.

The former president of Timor-Leste (East Timor), Jose Ramos-Horta, was an indefatigable campaigner for the freedom of his motherland from Indonesian rule for 24 years, from 1975 until 1999, when Jakarta relinquished control of the former Portuguese colony three years before it became an independent nation. Mr Ramos-Horta, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1996, was Timor Leste's President from 2007 to 2012 after earlier serving as Prime Minister and as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the difficult early years after independence. A self-described "rebel with a cause" for 24 years, Mr Ramos-Horta was guest speaker at a dinner held at the Yangon's Kandawgyi Palace Hotel on July 3 in conjunction with a roundtable on the South China Sea organised by the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies and the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council and the Saranrom Institute for Foreign Affairs, both of which are based in Bangkok. This is an edited version of Mr Ramos-Horta's speech, titled 'Reconciling Communities, Building Lasting Peace'.

A leading player in Myanmar’s seafood sector tells Mizzima Business Weekly he's optimistic about the industry's export potential if constraints can be overcome.

Monday, 14 July 2014 19:17

A 'tectonic' shift in education

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Learner-centred curriculum for Myanmar students in Thailand

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Student teachers at the Mae La camp learning how to use the pre-Intermediate textbook developed by Curriculum Project. Photo: Curriculum Project

For more than ten years the Karenni Social Development Center has been educating young people on the Thai-Myanmar border in human rights, international law and environmental sustainability.

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Myanmar migrant children in school uniform at a camp in Thailand. Photo: Timothy Syrota for Save the Children

A shift in donor funding priorities is limiting the educational opportunities for Myanmar children and young adults in refugee camps in Thailand, say aid organisations.

Monday, 14 July 2014 18:35

MOVIE STAR REMINDER

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Uncertainty over aid and continuing challenges with education dog Myanmar refugees as actress Angelina Jolie visits

Call it “star power”. Hollywood icon and UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie’s quick visit to Ban Mai Nai Soi camp nestling on the Thailand-Myanmar border provided a brief but needed reminder that refugees continue to languish in camps with little sense they will be going home any time soon. Suddenly, for a brief moment, the media woke up Myanmar refugees in Thai camps.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 18:37

Myanmar goes Dutch

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Seeking a nationwide integrated water management strategy

Water: millions in Myanmar depend on it for fishing, irrigation, hydropower and the transport of goods and people. A new integrated nationwide approach for water resources management is underway and Myanmar is looking to the Dutch for guidance.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 18:31

The Last Days of U Thant

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This is an edited extraction from one of the chapters of the author’s forthcoming book, “Mandalay Born in New York.” The author is the son-in-law of the late United Nations Secretary General U Thant.

September in New York is a cool and pleasant month, as it brings the last days of summer and the first days of autumn. And U Thant and our family enjoyed the home the former Secretary General bought in suburban New York following his retirement from the UN in 1971. With two acres of land, it had a swimming pool with a slowly dripping waterfall surrounded by weeping cherry trees and miniature bamboo plants. However, September 1973 proved an ominous month for U Thant. That month, U Thant noticed a lesion in his mouth. It proved to be cancerous, and just over a year later, in November 1974, Burma’s most renowned international diplomat was dead. He was 65.