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.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 18:20

Quiet refuge

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Myitkyina centre offers hope

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Sister Mary Dillon at the Hope Centre in Myitkyina. Photo: Manny Maung

The number 666 is an evil sign in some religions, shunned by those who believe it to be a mark of the devil. But the address 666 Edin Road in Myitkyina, Kachin State, provides respite and possibly some hope to those who have sought shelter there.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 18:15

The Debate

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When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.

This week: Should Myanmar change its voting system from first-past-the-post to proportional representation?

Sunday, 06 July 2014 18:03

Crucial guidance

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Cesar Cernuda, Microsoft President for the Asia Pacific Region (left), with U Zaw Min Oo, Secretary General of the Myanmar Computer Federation. Photo: Lwin Maung Maung

Microsoft launches training for Myanmar’s IT ‘cloud’ professionals

César Cernuda, president of Microsoft Asia Pacific, recently dropped by Yangon to announce a new, arguably crucial venture for Myanmar's future. The 42-year-old Spanish executive, based at Microsoft’s regional Singapore office, came to seal the deal on a training programme for keen, young IT professionals.

Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:56

Back home

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After years of active duty, soldiers from the Tatmadaw or one of Myanmar's armed ethnic groups often struggle to readjust to the hardships of civilian life. With their respective armies unable or unwilling to support them, they are often left to fend for themselves.

Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:00

Standing up for domestic workers

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Women's organisation negotiates fair contracts, safe conditions

Ma Phyu Phyu, 54, has worked as a domestic caregiver throughout Myanmar for 19 years, spending between 15 days to three years with each family before moving to the next. She has worked in safe conditions and abusive ones. In one home she was given her own room and provided with an assistant. In another her employer allowed her to sleep for no more than five hours a day – but not consecutively.

Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:49

Riding the sky in the Squirrel

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Airbus shows off its new helicopter in Yangon

The sky was overcast but it was dry at Yangon International Airport when Airbus demonstration pilot Luc Roffo switched on the new EC130 helicopter, also known as Squirrel. No sooner had the rotorblades picked up speed and the passengers buckled up when the skies opened. The sleek chopper lifted off in a downpour.

A powerful determination to create better educational opportunities for young members of their community is a driving force uniting members of a Shan youth group in Yangon.