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The Tageszeitung, better known as TAZ, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Heinrich Böll Foundation coorganised a workshop for nine Myanmar journalists in Berlin 2014. Myanmar Times covered the trip in an article.

Democratization Thailand

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Last July marked the third year after the Computer Crime-related Act has come into force. An activity that drew wide coverage from the press was the seminar to mark the “Third years of Computer Crime-related Act: Rule of Law and the Accountability of the Government”, supported by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

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In a democratic society, freedom of expression – the right to think, speak and write freely – is protected by law. It is considered to be a fundamental right which applies to every member of society. If citizens are able to freely express their views on economic, political, and social issues, there will be an abundance of information, both in the mainstream and alternative media spheres, from which the public can evaluate what is best for themselves and society.

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In the case of Thailand, community radios have encountered similar fate as in Indonesia and Bosnia. They have also been borne in the absence of regulation since a statutory regulator could not be established. On the one hand, this regulatory vacuum has made it possible for community radio which would otherwise be regarded as pirate radio to emerge in sheer numbers. On the other hand, this same regulatory void has contributed to the disorderly, to the point of chaotic expansion of small localized radio under the “community radio” label.

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Democratization Myanmar

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On March 20 a conference was held at Summit Parkview Hotel in Yangon to present the outcome of the capacity building program on Participatory and Indigenous Natural Resource Management (PINRM) and debate about how to ensure the future wellbeing for Myanmar and its people.

Myanmar’s political transition is at the same time an opportunity as much as a challenge for local journalists. While media censorship has been largely abolished the road towards a mature media democracy in Myanmar is full of pitfalls. In order to enable local journalists from Myanmar to study other media landscapes and media practices abroad, in November 2013 the TAZ, Panter Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office invited ten journalists from Myanmar to a week-long exposure trip to Germany.

At least since the “energy-protests” of May 2012, Myanmar’s strategy of exporting energy to its neighboring countries came under heavy criticism by its own population. Yet while the contested Myitsone hydropower dam on the confluence of the Irrawaddy River was suspended by President Thein Sein due to public pressure, several other big hydropower dams are still being under construction on the Salween River in Myanmar’s eastern border areas with the support of Thai investors.

Climate Change and Energy

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The UN climate conference in Warsaw was the COP with the lowest expectations ever and lived up to that in every respect. What were the issues discussed and decisions taken? Who is to blame for the stalemate?

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The Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011 has raised doubts over the security and reliability of nuclear power once again and showed that even in a highly advanced country like Japan such accidents can happen.In a cooperation between the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and the regional office in Bangkok, a Thai delegation of experts on renewable energy and energy market regulation traveled to Germany to learn more about the energy turnaround and the challenges that comes with it.

nuclear waste
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The article is a reflection of a trip to Germany in 2010 in order to learn more about nuclear energy and it's implications for Thailand, as well as the problem of nuclear waste.

Thai anti nuclear demonstrators in Japan

Mr. Santi Chokechaichamnankit from Nuclear Monitor Thailand visited Japan for the "No Nukes Asia Forum 2011". Following this visit, he wrote this summary of the nuclear accident in Fukushima and and its' aftermath.

What do we need to be happy? Do consumerism and luxury really make our life precious or do the small and simple things, like having a good meal with family and friends, make life valuable? These questions are addressed in Nino Sarabutra’s new exhibition “To Live or to Live a Good Life”.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, launched on July 10th in Brussels, debunks the myth that the world is seeing a nuclear renaissance.Two years after Fukushima, global nuclear power generation continues to decline.

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This second issue of "Perspectives Asia" provides a forum for the voices of authors from various Asian countries to express their thoughts on possible development models for the region. How can we achieve prosperity for all, without doing long-term damage to nature or threatening the subsistence of entire populations?

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