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 ►

Burma: Investors beware?

February 21, 2013  •  Author: *Henry Zwartz and Saw Wei Thoo

Despite the lifting of sanctions, experts predict that Burma’s long-term economic outlook is full of risks for potential investors, as military-linked companies continue to hold sway over the economy. It is boom time for Burma. The impoverished but resource rich country, o... Read more ►

Massive industrial project jeopardizes local communities

December 18, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A new report by Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) called “Danger Zone” alleges that a planned Chinese industrial zone threatens the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people in Arakan State as well as Burma’s second largest mangrove forest. Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) is a community-... Read more ►

Villagers fear Dawei Project will destroy their way of life

October 2, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The local people in Ka Moe Thway area, Tavoy (Dawei) town, in southern Burma have called for the Thai government to not to build dirty industry near their homes. On September 20, around 200 villagers, who live along the Dawei-Kanchanaburi road, constructed by the Thai Italia... Read more ►

Italian-Thai company dam survey on final leg

July 13, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

Villagers in the Mu Lah townships area are concerned that the Italian-Thai Development Company are soon to finish the last phase of the soil survey for the building of the Tenasserim hydro-power dam in southern Burma. Pdoh Saw Eh Htoo, chairman of the Karen National Union... Read more ►

Villagers claim Heinda Mining company destroying their land

July 9, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Burmese authorities have warned the Heinda mining company, operating east of Tavoy, in southern Burma to improve and contain their work practices – that have destroyed villagers plantations – or their mining operation will be stopped. Villagers in Heinda who ... Read more ►

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