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WWW.MMTIMES.COM ISSUE 690 | AUGUST 12 - 18, 2013
Dispute looming over bills
The government and parliament are heading or another showdown ater President U Thein Sein reused to sign theState/Region Hluttaw Law 2013. The government has issued a press release outlining the president’s proposed changesto the bill, all o which were rejected by parliamentarians last month.
Peace centre warnson UNFC demands
 A member o the MyanmarPeace Center has cautionedagainst making unrealisticdemands, ater an alliance o 11 ethnic groups said it wouldpush or a complete rewrite o the 2008 constitution.
Exporters cheerEU trade aid
Exporters have welcomednews that the European Union will spend 14 million euros(US$18.7 million) over thenext our years to help themgain access to its 28-country single market, which is the world’s largest.
Sex tape scandalrocks university
Students and teachers rejecta report that the principalo a Thanlyin university wasorced to resign or showinga sex video to parents andstudents with a projector.
Bertnil Litner talksabout 8888 as itreally happened
Journalist Bertil Lintnerdiscusses the recentpublication inside Myanmar o his book 
, which wasoriginally published in 1989and details the events o the1988 uprising.
Thousands packedthe MyanmarConventionCentre rom August 6 to 8 ora history-makingevent to mark the25
anniversary o the 1988 uprising. While prominentactivists such as88 Generationleader Min KoNaing and NLD boss Daw AungSan Suu Kyi ledthe speeches,it was thepresence o a number o ormerand servingmilitary ocials,including U AungMin and U Htay Oo, that thatunderscored how much Myanmarhas changedover the past two years.
NEWS 6-7
Photo: Boothee
NGO repsto meetMPs overdraft law
REPRESENTATIVES rom local NGOsin upper and lower Myanmar will meetthis week to prepare or discussions with MPs over the drat AssociationLaw, which will govern how non-gov-ernment groups register and operate.Civil society groups are critical o the current drat, particularly the cen-tralised registration process and pun-ishments or individuals who violateprovisions o the law. They argue it will discourage smaller groups romundertaking much-needed community activities and that the drating processhas been rushed and lacking in broadconsultation.The drat law prepared by the PyithuHluttaw Public Aairs ManagementCommittee was published in state me-dia on July 27 along with a note invitingpublic eedback beore it is submitted tothe parliament or discussion.Under the current drat, all NGOsregardless o size will have to register with a central committee, which willalso monitor their activities. Applica-tions must be approved or denied with-in 90 days o submission and individu-als who ail to abide by the law will acea fne o up to K500,000, a three-yearprison term or both.
AUGUST 12 - 18, 2013
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Oh We 
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Lost in translation
Chinese state media 
has been let red-aced or the second time in a matter o weeks,ater reporting Amazon billionaire Je Bezos hadaccidentally bought the
Washington Post 
– thesource o which was a satirical piece or
The New Yorker 
magazine by comedian Andy Borowitz.This came days ater another gae, wherethe publication’s website posted a gallery o 40images ostensibly showing a woman beingexecuted by lethal injection. It later emergedthat the images came rom a etish website.In November last year, the ruling Communistparty mouthpiece published a story rom USsatire site The Onion which claimed that NorthKorean leader Kim Jong-Un had been voted“Sexiest Man Alive”.
From petri dish to plate
In a 1936 address, Winston Churchill predictedthat
in vitro 
meat would one day be engineeredor human consumption. In a world-rst,the ‘world’s most expensive burger’ (partially unded by Google co-ounder Sergey Brin) wasconsumed by its creator and two ood research-ers in an event live-streamed over the web.Researchers took stem cells rom a cow andgrew them into strips o muscle that they com- bined to make a burger. The burger was cooked by che Richard McGeown and tasted by criticsHanni Ruetzler, a ood researcher rom the FutureFood Studio and Josh Schonwald.‘Food scientist Hanni Reutzler said “There isquite some intense taste. It’s close to meat. It’snot that juicy. But the consistency is perect.”Burger engineer Proessor Post noted thatthe meat lacked the juicy favour aorded by normal meat’s at content – something that canprobably be replicated in order to create some-thing identical to that rom livestock.
GOP candidate uncovers Crayola’snefarious agenda 
Children’s stationary manuacturer Crayola hasraised the ire o an anti-Islam Picken County Georgia GOP candidate in the US ater itpublished colouring-in exercises on its websiteor those celebrating Ramadan.The
blog posted a airly unhinged and unounded response to theCrayola site’s printouts, which were entitled“Ready or Ramadan” and encouraged childrento colour in a drawing o a prayer map, as wellas Islamic patterns.“Crayola should remind kids not to try anddraw Muhammad lest their parents need toend o Muslims and enter witness relocation –like the creator o Everyone Draw MuhammadDay – since the FBI nor anyone else will protectthem”, the post read, ollowed by the procedureor lodging a complaint.The Crayola site has hundreds o colouring-in exercises available online in all manner o categories, including religious celebrations suchas Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Hanukkah, andKwanzaa.
Secure email provider throws in the towel
 The creator o an encrypted email service used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden haspulled the plug on his company, despite paidsubscriptions going up threeold in recentmonths. On Thursday last week 32-year-oldLevison posted a cryptic message about hisreasoning or doing so, making obliquereerence to a government investigation that would orce him to “become complicit in crimesagainst the American people”.“I’m taking a break rom email,” said Levison.“I you knew what I know about email, youmight not use it either.”
 When Myanmar was Burma...
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Emerald Nyein for NOW! Magazine. Photo by Pyay Han
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Govt, MPs set for another showdown
MPs have slammed the presi-dent or reusing to sign theRegion/State Hluttaw Bill2013 on the grounds that it isunconstitutional.The government publisheda press release in state news-papers on August 8 outliningnine changes the president hadproposed to the drat originally approved by the PyidaungsuHluttaw in February. However,MPs rejected all o the proposedchanges.In a message to PyidaungsuHluttaw Speaker Thura U ShweMann, the president asked himto take “necessary measures” assome sections were not “in ac-cord with the constitution, theexisting laws and main demo-cratic practices” and thereore“cannot be signed by the presi-dent”.However, under the con-stitution, all bills approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw be-come law within seven daysregardless o whether the presi-dent signs them. It appears like-ly the Region/State Hluttaw Bill2013 will be sent to the Constitu-tional Tribunal or assessment.MPs said the government’sreaction showed it did not wantto cooperate with MPs or thegood o the country.“This law was drated partic-ularly to improve joint eorts be-tween MPs and governments onimportant issues. In reality, gov-ernment ocials do not dare tocooperate with MPs because theconstitution states they shouldnot participate in political activi-ties,” said Daw Nan Whar Nu, thePyithu Hluttaw representativeor Kunhein, in reerence to sec-tion 9(e) o the bill.“The president did not signthe points that were particularly intended to support the inter-ests o the public and country through cooperation betweenMPs and the government. Itmeans he is not willing to coop-erate,” she said. Another point o contentionis section 2(h), which desig-nates region or state hluttaw committees as state-level or-ganisations. A similar disputeover the status o PyidaungsuHluttaw committees led to theimpeachment o the Constitu-tional Tribunal last year.U Thein Nyunt, the PyithuHluttaw representative or Thin-gangyun, said the press release was “not unusual”, as the govern-ment had issued a similar state-ment over its unhappiness withthe Pyithu Hluttaw Law and Amyotha Hluttaw Law.“I don’t want to say anythingabout it because this is the presi-dent’s right under the constitu-tion. But under constitution sec-tion 106, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw can approve the bill withoutaccepting the president’s recom-mendations and the bill will still become law whether [or not] thepresident signs it,” he said.U Ye Tun, the Pyithu Hluttaw representative or Hsipaw, saidhe was certain the matter wouldend up beore the ConstitutionalTribunal.“The constitution is not clearon some issues and it appearsthe president’s advisory teamgives him advice on matters where there is a lack o clarity,he said. “We have to wait to seehow the Constitutional Tribunal will respond to the statementrom the President’s Oce.“It is concerning that theConstitutional Tribunal may have to decide on every law thatis passed by the parliament.”But while there are clear divi-sions between the governmentand the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, itappears the president is not go-ing to block every contentious bill. On August 9, the govern-ment issued a similar statementexpressing its objections to the Anti-Corruption Bill, which waspassed by parliament last monthater MPs rejected 10 o thepresident’s 12 proposed amend-ments.He warned that the bill didnot properly defne corruptionand mostly targets bribery. “The bill needs to cover wide-rangingsubjects as corruption includesabuse o power, bribery and de-liberate negligence,” he said. As a result, the president warned the law may not meetthe criteria or anti-corruptionlegislation set by the United Na-tions Convention Against Cor-ruption (UNCAC), which thegovernment ratifed in Decem- ber 2012.“Despite the above-men-tioned circumstances,” the presi-dent said in the statement. “Isigned the bill approved by themajority o MPs with respect tothe wish o the majority.”
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‘It is concerning that theConstitutionalTribunal may  have to decide onevery law that is passed by the parliament.
U Ye Tun
Pyithu Hluttaw representative
Monks demonstrate overmedia, U Wirathu bombing
HUNDREDS o monks in Man-dalay staged an illegal demon-stration last week, calling or“airer” treatment in the inter-national media and an end toterrorist acts.Sayadaw U Tilawka romMingun Monastery said the August 6 protest was organisedin response to
magazine’sJuly 1 “Face o Buddhist Terror”cover and the detonating o a  bomb near where U Wirathu was giving a sermon on July 21.“We are not just protestingon behal o Buddhism. We areagainst terrorism all around the world,” U Tilawka said.Carrying banners with pho-tos o 
journalist HannahBeech and messages such as,“The New York Time magazinemust apologize to Theravada Buddhist monks in public,” themonks walked rom U Pesi Pa-goda in Maha Aung Myay town-ship to Mahamuni Pagoda. Themarch took about one hourand the monks then dispersedpeaceully. While the monks applied orpermission to stage the rally,their application was rejected by local authorities on the groundsthat the government had al-ready expressed its unhappi-ness with the
article andthereore the protest was notneeded. About 500 monks wentahead and protested anyway.“We asked permission butthe authorities in Maha AungMyay township did not allow it.However, we already decided todemonstrate and made arrange-ments or it so we marched[anyway],” U Tilawka said.Beore the protest began,Mandalay district administra-tor U Tin Zaw Moe explained tothe monks why the applicationhad been rejected. “We are justrequesting [that you do not pro-test] but it is up to you whether you protest or not. I am araidthat it would create more prob-lems i you do it without permis-sion,” U Tin Zaw Moe said.
Monks demonstrate on Mandalay’s 38th Street on August 6.
Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

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