17 Mar Making peace, buying time
|Myanmar generals in a line up for Union Day, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
At the Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw there are cabinets devoted to the peace-making exploits of President U Thein Sein. When he wore an army uniform, especially during his time as chief of the Shan State’s Triangle Command, he was responsible for negotiations with ethnic minority armies.
|Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls. Photo: dfat.gov.au|
In the following commentary, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, takes a look at progress made in the international women’s movement and the challenges that still lie ahead. The commentary is released for International Women’s Day which is marked on March 8.
|Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima|
Myanmar’s university students are known at home and abroad for their strident activism against dictatorship. In the old days, grainy images of defiant marchers, demanding greater rights and an end to authoritarian rule, circulated around the world.
|A street vendor reads a new private daily newspaper while selling newspapers and weekly journals at a roadside stall in Yangon, Myanmar, April 1, 2013. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
For more than forty years state media dominated Myanmar’s media landscape. State newspapers and television channels routinely fed the public the government’s view, often amounting to flat out propaganda.
18 Feb Rights that should be upheld
Last week two seemingly unrelated events attracted the attention of this writer. The first was the announcement in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar that the temporary ID documents known as white cards will expire at the end of March and those who hold them will lose their voting rights.