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The limits of big ‘P’ politics in Myanmar’s elections

As Myanmar prepares for historic polls in November, moral ideas of citizen-led social assistance continue to loom large, writes GERARD McCARTHY. With Myanmar’s historic November elections fast approaching, prospective candidates are touring the countryside in boisterous campaigns aimed at winning the support of millions of undecided voters. After decades of authoritarian rule aimed at ring-fencing …

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For land and people: the Kachin conflict in Myanmar

The struggle between the Myanmar government and the Kachin minority group is about much more than ethnicity, argue COSTAS LAOUTIDES and ANTHONY WARE. Myanmar is undergoing two significant, albeit interconnected, processes—political and economic liberalisation, and a broadly defined peace process that could end 70 years of civil war. Being the more fragile, the peace process …

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Myanmar’s political journey: destination unknown

TREVOR WILSON previews Myanmar’s second general election since the country began its political transition in 2011. The Myanmar Union Election Commission recently announced that the second Myanmar general election since Myanmar began its political transition in 2011 would be held on Sunday, 8 November. This is pretty well the same timing chosen for the 2010 …

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Religious apartheid in Myanmar

The Myanmar government could find itself in breach of international law over plans to offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their ethnic denomination, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Myanmar has notified the United Nations that it is finalising a plan that could offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their …

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Has Myanmar’s reform process stalled?

The pace of reform in Myanmar has slowed, notes TREVOR WILSON—but the reasons for this call for a considered assessment, not just a politically oriented one. Myanmar’s best known citizen, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, gave a press conference in Yangon on 5 November 2014. According to media reports, she expressed her concern that Myanmar’s …

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Greed the unseen peril on Myanmar’s road to democracy

The international surge in investments, and political opportunism, are doing little to help Myanmar’s already weak civil society evolve in the interest of all. JONATHAN BOGAIS reports. In 1941, US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856–1941) wrote: ‘We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth and power concentrated in …

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