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  • Bomb Destroys Mining Company Truck

    08/02/2015

    A bomb blew up a truck loaded with silicon mineral stone in Aung Myittar Ward, Namhkam Township, Northern Shan State at 7.20pm on 10 March according to Sai Ye, a local resident.

    He said: “When the bomb exploded under the engine at the front of the truck some parts of the engine were destroyed but no one was injured in the accident. The truck driver is Sai Pe from Aung Myittar Ward and the explosion happened in front of his home. The explosion was very big, it caused the ground to shake. The whole town was silent after the explosion and there was almost no one on the street.”

  • Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

    08/02/2015

    The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local villagers, KRW held a protest near Hat Gyi Dam, one of the proposed dam sites in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State on March 14 to mark International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams.

  • Coal-fired power plants as power solution

    08/02/2015

    While Myanmar has planned to increase the input of coal-fired power plants in a bid to meet the surging demand, the civil society has raised environmental concerns over the implementation of such plants, according to the 3rd Myanmar Power Summit, a business seminar organised by the Centre for Management Technology.

  • Dawei Project Threatens Livelihood of Locals, Claims Ethnic Women’s Organization

    07/26/2015

    The Dawei Special Economic Zone is threatening local peoples’ way of life, according to a report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union. The DSEZ, a joint venture of Thailand and Burma, has faced controversy since it’s inception with local and international human rights organisations expressing concerns over the project’s affect on the lives of people living in the zone.

  • PR: Theun–Hinboun Power Company’s Monitoring System Still Shrouded in Secrecy

    07/26/2015

    In May 2014, the General Manager of the Theun – Hinboun Power Company (THPC), Mr. Robert Allen, was appointed as chair of the Lao Hydropower Developers’ Working Group. The Working Group, which is a platform for dam companies established by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aims to support companies to “develop hydropower that meets environmental and social best practices” and “improve environmental and social risk management.” Yet, despite Mr. Allen assuming a leadership position in the Working Group, his own company has yet to follow international standards and principles of accountability.

  • Mong Ton residents call on spirits to protect Salween river

    07/26/2015

    About 150 villagers, community leaders and monks in Mong Ton township, southern Shan State held a blessing ceremony to protect the Salween river on Monday morning at the Pithakat Hongtam temple. Sai Nong, a villager from Mong Ton said, “We made merit to ward away bad things from the Salween. We don’t want dams to […]

  • Forced evictions cause misery for Phu Phan mountain farmers, Thailand

    07/26/2015

    Since Thailand’s coup in May 2014, the military regime of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has embarked on a mission to find and evict “encroachers” on national forest that includes national reserve forests (NRFs) and protected areas (PAs). The NCPO has released the Forestry Master Plan that allows reforestation after the confiscation […]

  • The politics of place naming reaches the Salween River

    07/26/2015

    The debate about the power of naming is long-running and contentious, engaging citizens and colonizers, academics and activists.1 “South” of China, “East” of India, Southeast Asia were names that came primarily from people not native to these regions who imagined these areas as a region through acts of war and nation building.

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