Pressure is building on election officials amid public complaints that preliminary voter lists are missing names, include deceased people, and contain faulty data.
10 The News For 10 August 2020
Laws against hate speech tend to focus on race and religion; they must be expanded to criminalize attacks on migrants, LGBTI people and other targeted groups.
After several years of seeming to tilt toward China, how will Myanmar react to the US’s new assertiveness in Southeast Asia?
Myanmar cannot separate itself from China, but to safeguard its sovereignty it must cultivate strong ties with the US.
The current spat between the US and Chinese embassies has put pressure on Myanmar to choose sides, but it must maintain its neutral foreign policy.
The Chinese government’s disrespect for the sovereignty of its Asian neighbors is reflected in the dubious tactics it uses to advance its economic interests inside Myanmar.
Poll monitors are hopeful recent legal changes requiring military voters to cast ballots alongside civilians will boost transparency and lead to fairer results on Nov. 8.
After the signing of a bilateral strategic statement, Washington will expect Bangkok to be more assertive in its support for US policies, especially in relation to China.
The government must reform the way gems are mined and revenue is reported, or locals in Hpakant will continue to suffer from the ‘curse’ of their area’s jade wealth.
When Americans go to the polls in November, reason and democratic ideals must prevail so the wounds inflicted by the disastrous Trump administration can begin to heal.
Ethnic parties are confident they can win at least 20 percent of seats in Parliament in November’s election, and believe the NLD has no choice but to negotiate with them.
In a clear signal to China, Tatmadaw commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has warned that ‘strong forces’ are backing insurgent groups in Myanmar.
U Htoo Chit remembers the late Thai politician and activist Kraisak Choonhavan, who for many years championed the rights of Myanmar laborers and refugees in Thailand.
As the National League for Democracy prepares for this year’s election, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains popular, but voters see few other figures in the party to admire.
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