Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:00

Campaigning for equality

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Report exposes police violence against LGBT community

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Burning candles at Yangon’s fourth transgender day of remembrance at People’s Park on November 20. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi

Arrested for merely being outside after dark, Min Min, 33, was forced to undress and shout “I am a man” before being raped by police officers while in custody.

Friday, 28 November 2014 14:49

NGO seeking partners

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Gender and Development Initiative-Myanmar

Name: Salai Isaac Khen

Job title: Executive Director

Organisation: Gender and Development Initiative-Myanmar (GDI)

Friday, 28 November 2014 14:15

Honouring U Ba Gyan

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A cartoon show on 13th Street

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Photo: Hong Sar

The irreverent wit and draftsmanship of one of Myanmar’s most beloved cartoonists was celebrated recently at an open-air exhibition in downtown Yangon that attracted throngs of admirers, young and old, and sometimes wet and dry.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:59

Going Dutch at Bar Boon III

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Bar Boon, pronounced ‘bone’ according to our Dutch editor, is known as that café on Bogyoke Aung San road, nearby Scott Market where the tourists sit leafing through their guidebooks and sipping on a latte and enjoying a pastry before heading out on their walking tour.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:53

Reporting on the media

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Big stories such as the death of Ko Par Gyi and the jailing of the Unity Journalists understandably dominate the headlines; but using UNESCO’s ‘Media Development Indicators’, International Media Support hopes to take a wide angle lense of the media landscape in Myanmar.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:45

For the price of a cup of coffee

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Bridging cultures with free WiFi at Pansodan Scene

Finding an internet connection in Yangon is as easy as ordering a US$4 (K4000) cup of coffee in one of the city’s upscale hotels. Atmosphere and (relatively) quick WiFi are available in abundance, but for ordinary Myanmar and many expats, that’s too much to pay for the convenience of an easy connection.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:03

The second Obama visit

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A transition in trouble dashes the audacity of hope

At first glance 2014 was looking a lot like 2012.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 17:48

A soothing, scenic retreat in the Shan hills

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Photo: Matt Roebuck

Upland breezes and the shade from Jacaranda trees festooned with vibrant purple blooms are among the sensory delights first noticed by travellers arriving Kalaw, a former hill station in Shan State.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:49

Grand view, pity about the food

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Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima

Agnes, a French restaurant in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, must be one of the most expensive dining options in Yangon. But does this upscale eatery serve fine food worth the elaborate bill it presents to customers at the end of a culinary evening?

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:32

First women only bus plying Yangon’s streets

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Fighting sexual herassment in public transport

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Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

It happens regularly. A woman boards one of Yangon city's crowded buses to start her daily commute to work or school. A man stands behind her and all of a sudden she feels him pressing against her. She is too scared to tell him to stop and the man continues, despite being surrounded by many others on the overcrowded bus.