Walk a Mile in a Burmese Midwife’s Shoes
RANGOON — The mornings were full of walking, says Khin Mar Shwe, a nurse near Burma’s biggest city, recalling her days as a midwife under the former military regime.
She was a young woman then, and would begin a few days every week walking from village to village in Taikkyi Township, knocking on doors to find expectant mothers who required assistance.“Early, at 8 am, I would start my journey, and I would return at 4 pm, depending on the distance between villages,” she tells The Irrawaddy. “In the evening if a mother was about to go into labor, I would stay overnight.” The midwife, who has since become a nurse, was responsible for covering six villages, some about four kilometers apart. Sometimes she would ride by bicycle, and she almost always traveled alone.
Migrants to Start Receiving Regular Passports
Burma’s Ministry of Labor has announced plans to start issuing regular passports to Burmese migrants in Thailand from next month.
The passports, which are the same as those issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Rangoon, will replace temporary passports that are valid only in Thailand.The goal of the new policy is to treat migrant workers like other Burmese citizens, Kyaw Kyaw Lin, the labor attaché at the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, told The Irrawaddy.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi meets European Union leaders this weekend before heading to Luxembourg for talks with EU foreign ministers and to Strasbourg to pick up a prize she won 23 years ago.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)
BRUSSELS: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi meets European Union leaders this weekend before heading to Luxembourg for talks with EU foreign ministers and to Strasbourg to pick up a prize she won 23 years ago.
At a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Tuesday, Suu Kyi will finally receive the Sakharov human rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown.The ceremony will be preceded by talks with EU leaders on a joint EU-Myanmar Task Force due to meet in mid-November which will explore ways that Europe can help Myanmar, an EU diplomat said.
Myanmar Army Seeks First Female Applicants
AP YANGON, Myanmar
For the first time in Myanmar's history, the Ministry of Defense is inviting women to join the army.
An advertisement in the Myanmar Ahlin newspaper says the new cadets must be single, at least 5 feet, 3 inches (160 centimeters) tall, between 25 and 30 years of age, and weigh no more than 130 pounds (59 kilograms).
Though they won't be called on to fight, the ad said successful candidates would be offered commissioned posts, starting as second lieutenants.Myanmar's army once enjoyed widespread popularity for fighting for independence from British colonial rule, but support plummeted following military coups in 1962 and 1988.
Corruption in Myanmar: take down the real villains
Naing Ko Ko
Instead of focusing on low-salaried bureaucrats as the main cause of graft, advocates need to go after those at the very top of the centres of powerWhen I started to write about anti-corruption issues in Myanmar on the East Asia Forum, a number of scholars suggested that corruption in Myanmar is principally linked with low wages at governmental institutions. But the logic that the low salaries of public officials increases the amount of corruption does not work accurately in Myanmar. What about corruption among the state's leadership? There are many factors which underpin corruption in Myanmar, such as the lack of a robust political system, weak governmental institutions, opportunity for corruption, monopolistic leadership mechanisms and a moral and value system based on corruption.
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