Analyses & Reports
Deeds and Peace in Myanmar
By SAW KAPI | June 26, 2014 |
In his famous essay, “Politics and the English Language,” the British writer George Orwell lamented that political language, at times, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In fact, Orwell seems to have believed that the language used was intentionally vague, and at times meaningless, as it was deliberately designed to hide the truth rather than express it. Read more...
A Federal Army for Myanmar/Burma?
By GREH MOO | March 25, 2014 |
Many observers of Myanmar's political transition agree that the success of President Thein Sein's democratic reforms and national reconciliation initiatives hinges on his quasi-civilian government's ability and willingness to accommodate the political demands and desires of various ethnic groups. Chief among those demands are greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in the form of federalism and control over the exploitation of natural resources in their geographic regions. Read more...
Critics of Ethnic Languages in Gov't Schools Lack Logic
By PON NYA MON | February 4, 2014 |
Over the past couple years many scholars, activists, and politicians have been debating on whether or not to allow the teaching of ethnic languages in government schools. It’s been part of many discussions on Burma’s much needed educational reforms. All students are required to be taught in Burmese regardless of their ethnic background. Learning other ethnic languages is not permitted in these schools. Read more...
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