Traders resist gem trading centre move

Gem traders are opposing plans to move the country’s largest gem market out of downtown Mandalay as the regional hluttaw mulls a proposal made by the city’s mayor to relocate to the city’s outskirts. Mayor U Aung Maung said he wants to start constructing a new trading centre, called the Jade Garden, at the intersection […]

Doing good in Myanmar is a murky business for foreign aid groups tied to powerful elites

YANGON, Myanmar – Staff hired to work with the U.S. government’s aid agency in Myanmar are preparing to move out of their office following revelations their landlord is a notorious former spymaster who oversaw the imprisonment and torture of thousands of pro-democracy activists. The debacle surrounding Development Alternatives Inc., a company contracted by USAID to […]