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*Accusations Fly Over Failed Jungle Investment

Australian entrepreneur Nigel Grier presents as a successful, sustainability innovator helping save the world while making people rich. He has recruited investors to help build a city from scratch for refugees in Myanmar. He has even offered to rehouse two bears kept in cramped conditions in the south-east Asian country. However, Mr Grier is fending off complaints from investors and…

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Karen State – Two Covid-19 Cases Confirmed, More Quarantine Centers Prepared

According to the announcement made on Monday May 18th, two males tested by National Laboratory (Yangon) returned positive results. Both men are from Kawkareik Township, Karen State and had recently returned from Malaysia. Karen State’s Social Affair Minister U Bo Bo Wai Maung confirmed the results to Karen News and said that the two men’s condition are so far not…

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Burma Army Burns KNU Covid-19 Screening Posts – Pandemic Causes Peace Process Further Fractures

Fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Burma Army broke out twice on May 6, 2020 over Covid-19 screening posts in the Northern Mutraw (Papun) district of Karen State. The Karen National Union’s Department of Organizing and Information confirmed armed clashes at Wa Thoe Kho and Pha Lo in Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw district involving Burma Army…

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Burma Army Demand KNU Close its Covid-19 Screening Posts – Despite Community Support

While the rest of the world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, the Burma Army ordered the Karen National Union to close its Covid-19 screening post it had set up in Doothathoo (Thaton) district on 30 April 2020. The Burma Army interference came despite requests from the community, government officials and a Member of Parliament. Doothathoo (Thaton) district is a mixed…

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Shwe Koko: Big Winners – Burma Army and international Crime Syndicates at Expense of Karen People – KNU, Community Groups Want it Stopped

Plans to turn rice fields running from the River Moei up into the Dawna Mountain Range into a giant construction site of large concrete houses, apartment blocks, casinos and an international airport are causing concerns for Karen community groups. The grand plan to turn thousands of acres of Karen land surrounding the small village of Shwe Koko into a mega…

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Burma Closes Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge to Foreigners – Residents Worry Unofficial Crossings Still Operating

The Burma government has closed its Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge crossing to foreigners in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Burma government has said the border is closed to all foreigners with the exemption of Thai and Myanmar citizens. U Than Shwe, an immigration officer and the deputy in-charge of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot No.1 Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge…

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Sued Karen Environmental Activist To Fight His Case

Saw Tha Boe, a Karen environmental activist who was sued and charged with defamation against the State by Hpa-An Township court says he will fight the case to prove he did not break the law. On March 6, local police went to arrest Saw Tha Boe, who works for Karen River Watch, by going to his house, but he was…

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Burma Army Attacks, Displaces 300 Karen Villagers as Suu Kyi Tours Karen State

Fighting between Burma Army and Karen soldiers in northern Karen State forced hundreds of villagers from their home into jungle hideouts while the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is touring Karen State. Ceasefire violations by Burma Army had caused tensions with Karen National Liberation Army soldiers in its 5th Brigade area in Mutraw [Papun] district in the northern Karen…

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Karen Women’s Group Calls for Boycott of Companies’ Linked to Burma’s Military

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) put out a statement calling the people of Burma and international communities in the country to boycott products of companies linked to Burma’s military. The KWO statement issued on February 18, 2020 urged for a ban on products made by military companies and called on foreign embassies and donors in Burma to make sure their…

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Karen National Day in Brief

Karen National Day in Brief February 11, 2020 Starting from the end of WW-2, the entire Karen nationality called for the creation of a Karen State. However, the AFPFL government in power, under the domination of the Burman/Myanmar ultra-nationalists, falsely and derisively accused that the movement was being launched by a handful of Karen people, it was instigated by the…

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