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  • October 21, 2014

    Faith, fortune-telling and economic reality

    ..., reflecting a popular belief in making merit for a better future. One famous local fortune-teller, who predicted that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would become the next president, said that he is kept busy by both locals and foreigners seeing his services. Each day he reads palms for about 30 clients...

  • October 21, 2014

    Yangon residents protest against 'neo dictatorship'

    ... 26. On July 24, the Lower House approved a proposal to discuss adoption of the PR system despite objections from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 MPs from ethnic political parties. In a show of disdain against the effort to change the electoral system, MPs from ethnic political parties subsequently...

  • October 21, 2014

    2015 elections set for October or November

    ... raised concerns that a number of prosecutions of journalists and activists this year are a sign that the country could be backsliding. Aung San Suu Kyiโ s National League for Democracy is expected to win a major slice of the legislature in the 2015 vote. The party won almost every seat available...

  • October 20, 2014

    Investment boom in Myanmar

    ... issue between pro-reform and anti-reform groups. "Thein Sein and his Cabinet members are all for reforms, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar people. Those who stand in the way will be the losers. There is the political will that Myanmar should push forward with reforms," the...

  • October 17, 2014

    Malala's Peace Nobel: too much, too young

    ... Nelson Mandela from prison but as a way of supporting the wider process of post-apartheid reconciliation. So timing is important. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the prize in 1991 because the committee wanted to throw a spotlight on the crisis in Myanmar. If there were such a scale of humanitarian...

  • October 13, 2014

    Myanmar generals look to the stars

    ... post-2015 presidency if the legacy of the temple really influences a power succession in Myanmar politics Of course, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the favourite for the post - if the constitution is amended and the elections are free and fair. And following the culture, the lady is "cool supernaturally...

  • October 10, 2014

    Hope for Myanmar democracy now fading

    ... started in early 2011, the country has also witnessed a steady release of political prisoners from jail. The most notable was, of course, Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been under house arrest for a decade and a half. This week, the government announced that it would release another 3,000-plus prisoners for...

  • October 6, 2014

    The art of discarded memories

    ...." His works sell for anywhere from US$600 to $1,800 (Bt19,000 to Bt58,000). Most of his collages are portraits of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy. Zwe Yan Naing explained on the exhibition's invitation cards why she predominates. "I need...

  • September 25, 2014

    Govt, ILO to launch first jobless survey since 1990

    ... to promote gender equality in the workplace," he told a jobs' fair earlier this year. Marshall's comments were similar to those made by Aung San Suu Kyi at an address to the ILO in Geneva in June, in which she raised concerns about the plight of jobless youths. "It is not so much joblessness as hopelessness...

  • September 24, 2014

    Parasols up on sale to raise funds for Myanmar charity

    ... are parasols that bear watercolour paintings of religious themes (pagodas, monasteries, monks, the Buddha's footprints) and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Other parasols depict the bucolic charm of the countryside and imaginary creatures like a mermaid. Parasols are locally referred to as 'Pathein...