300 STORIES TAGGED ‘BURMA’

Returning Displaced Mae Tha Wor Villager Loses Lower Leg in Landmine Explosion – Villagers Fear Mines Used by the BGF and DKBA Militias

February 3, 2017  •  Author: K'Hsaw Wah

A displaced villager from the Mae Tha Wor area of Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State stepped on a landmine as he and other villagers returned to their village to check their plantations on January 31. Saw Ophar Ngah, a villager from Htee Noh Hta village in Mae Tha Wor area had ... Read more ►

*‘The fishing industry needs capital, technology and market access’

January 16, 2017  •  Author: Myanmar Now

THANDWE, Rakhine State – Rakhine State is one of Myanmar’s poorest regions, where fishing is an important livelihood and business, while it also provides food for many subsistence fishermen. A 2014 Oxfam report estimated 43 percent of the population was to some degre... Read more ►

*As labourers leave Myanmar delta, farmers struggle to mechanise

December 2, 2016  •  Author: Myanmar Now

KWINYAR VILLAGE, Ayeyarwady Region – On a recent November morning, farmer Soe Myint Aung was busy collecting rice from his harvester and loading it into bags. It is heavy work but still he knows he is lucky; with 17 acres of paddy field situated along a road in Kwiny... Read more ►

VALE DESMOND BALL – 1947 to 2016 – “He stood with the oppressed people of Burma…”

October 12, 2016  •  Author: Phil Thornton

Professor Desmond Ball, academic, military strategist and author of more than 40 books on military intelligence, died today at 3:35pm Australian time. Des work was impressive. He spent time inside US top secret nuclear and command centres, advising the CIA, the White House a... Read more ►

Myawaddy-Mae Sot Temporary Border Crossing Permit Extended From One to Seven Days

October 7, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Burma and Thai officials have agreed to extend the permit of stay from one day to seven days for people traveling with their temporary border pass between the neighboring countries. The Myawaddy-Mae Sot border gateway is a major crossing for trade routes between Thailand and... Read more ►

Karen Don Dance Added to Burma National Performing Arts Competition

September 21, 2016  •  Author: Nant Thwar Paung

The Karen traditional Don Dance has been included in the Burma National Performing Arts competition that has been held for over 20-years. The inclusion of the ethnic performing arts, particularly ethnic traditional dances, were discussed at the recent meeting of the competit... Read more ►

HRW: US Government ‘Should Retain Key Sanctions’

September 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The New York based human rights organisation Human Rights Watch has called on the US Government to retain ‘key sanctions’ in order to keep pressure on the Burmese military to reform. “US sanctions are focused on the Burmese military and its cronies, not the people of B... Read more ►

*INVESTIGATION-Abuses, exploitation rife in Myanmar’s forgotten prison labour camps

September 6, 2016  •  Author: Swe Win

Some 20,000 convicts toil in prison labour camps across the country, where they face abuse, exploitation and forced labour, a Myanmar Now investigation finds. NAUNG CHO TOWNSHIP, Shan State (Myanmar Now) – Under the glare of the midday sun, several dozen men wearing blue o... Read more ►

Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Jami Campbell

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to ... Read more ►

CSSU Slam Govt Plans to Dam the Salween

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A statement by the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) has criticised Burmese Government plans to dam the Salween river, questioning the economic benefits of various projects and raising concerns over their environmental impact and effect on the ongoing conflict situation ... Read more ►

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