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New city project by Chinese firm raises hackles in Kayin

The Kayin State Border Guard Force and Jilin Yatai Group of China launched the Shwe Kokko new city project in Myawady township in the first week of August over the objections of local residents. The residents are worried that the project’s gambling houses and entertainment establishments could have a corrupting influence on young people, and […]

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization

MYAWADDY, Myanmar — Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little […]

BGF Plans Large City Expansion Project in Karen State

Karen State, Hpa An – Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint confirmed that the Border Guard Force, led by Col Saw Chit Thu, had proposed a large city expansion project for the Kaukoo Myaing region of Myawaddy Township. She said the state government had recently approved an initial project phase on 60 […]

Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

Can Myanmar’s Hydropower Study Truly be For The People?

In recent weeks, violent clashes in Kayin State have further disrupted Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government-sponsored Border Guard Force (BGF) in Mae Tha Waw areas of Hlaingbwe township, and more recently near Kawkareik township, has displaced over a thousand people. Entire families have fled their homes and are […]