KNU 7th Brigade – open for business

July 9, 2013  •  Author: S’ PhanShaung (KIC)

The Karen National Union’s armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army’s 7th Brigade based in Hpa-an District, has entered a commercial venture – a trading and tour company. for the first time in its history earlier this month. The legally registered company... Read more ►

Burma drivers driving between Hpa-an and Myawaddy forced to register vehicles

June 13, 2013  •  Author: Saw NyuntThaung (KIC)

The Karen State Ministry of Transportation and Communication will ban, from this month, all unregistered vehicles from traveling between the towns of Hpa-an and Myawaddy. Saw Khaung Pan Htaw, a staff member of the Minister of Transportation and Communication, said that the b... Read more ►

Karen leader: “Development, there is always a price to pay…”

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, the Karen National Union’s general secretary, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains his organization position on development and land ownership. “Everyone wants development but when there is development, there is always a price to pay. Do... Read more ►

Southern Burma gets new trade crossing to Thailand

May 11, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

A new trading entry between Thailand and Burma was opened this week that links both countries on their southern borders. The new trade crossing links SingKhorn in Thailand’s southern provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan with Mawhtaung a large town in Burma’s Myeik di... Read more ►


May 4, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Land confiscation of property belonging to villagers by developers and government officials in Tenasserim Division has become a complicated issue for the Karen National Union (KNU) during its peace-building process with the Burma government. Ber Baw Lor, a Karen village in s... Read more ►

Gold mining – a business of mixed fortunes

May 1, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Along the muddy river bank hundreds of men pack down under small plastic sheets to avoid the direct sun and to take respite from the 38 degree heat. The men cram into the small bamboo shops beside the muddy river. The valley and river littered with generators and large hoses... Read more ►

Mahar Dana Company promises antimony plant will be ‘clean’

March 28, 2013  •  Author: Saw NyuntThuang (KIC)

The Myanmar Mahar Dana Company called a meeting to discuss with Htilon villagers their plans to build an antimony processing plant near Htilon village, Hlaingbwe Township, in Karen State. Mahar Dana chairman U Tin Soe told villagers at the meeting in Htilon village on March ... Read more ►

Border boomtown: A tale of winners and losers

March 27, 2013  •  Author: Henry Zwartz & Saw Mort

Between Thailand and Myanmar, the town of Mae Sot is experiencing rapid economic growth. But the story of success is a double-edged sword, with migrant workers struggling to live, even as the town gets richer. The border town of Mae Sot is undergoing an unprecedented boom, r... Read more ►

Villagers start quarrying in Pa-an

March 6, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Karen villagers in the Pa-an Township area have managed to carve out a niche for themselves while stopping large construction companies from monopolizing the local quarrying business. According to villagers in the area since the government allowed residents to work the quarr... Read more ►

KNU’s tells Govt – it’s too early for development

February 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Since last years signed cease-fire agreement between the government and the Karen National Union, the Burma border town of Myawaddy has been awash with government officials, leaders of various armed groups and business people. The most recent high-level delegations to visit ... Read more ►

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