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(Editorial) - The work of British writer George Orwell still resonates with readers around the world today. When the recent National Security Agency scandal broke in the United States after revelations by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, sales of his novels including “1984” and “Animal Farm” shot up the best seller ranks.

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In our country, successive governments in the past have signed many agreements with various foreign companies for both short-term and long-term projects.

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No one can deny the fact that war is a consequence of politics gone wrong but when political intrigues escalate to war, it becomes an issue that cannot be resolved easily. By then, the warring sides forget politics and believe that the only way to resolve war is to fight back to win. The law of the jungle will prevail and violence become the order of the day.

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Every nation has a collective national conscience. There are also set standards to gauge the conscience of a nation. But, the yardstick to measure it is not a simple mathematic calculation of one plus one equals two. It can be measured only by studying the history of a nation and its ethical conscience records.

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(Editorial) - On August 1, during a radio speech, President U Thein Sein said "It seems we are moving closer to the advent of a genuine federal union that we have all been dreaming for, for six decades."

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(Editorial) - President Thein Sein’s gesture of focusing on rural development programs during his last 30 months in office should be applauded but with caution. Speaking to Myanmar citizens on the radio on September 1, the president pledged that people in rural areas will soon experience tangible results from development programs.