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Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

The wily ways of a Myanmar-China border town

One of many towns of the Myanmar-China border, Bhamo, Myanmar has long been a hub for illegal trade with China, including illegally logged charcoal currently sold. Most of the charcoal is bound overland for brisk business with China, yet Bhamo still finds itself without enough money coming in. Bhamo has a long history of diversifying […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]

The Kra Canal that cuts Thailand into two – will it become a reality?

The ancient dreams of constructing a canal across the Kra Isthmus had been rekindled. A few weeks ago, there was a news item in the local media in Thailand related to the revival of the idea of building a canal across the narrow strip of land, geographically known as the Malay Peninsula, in Southern Thailand. […]

Myanmar to preserve buildings of the British Raj

A flurry of interest in preserving Myanmar’s colonial-era architecture has won the support of the government, highlighting both the lure of foreign investment and a readiness to reconnect with its past. Before it was subjected to more than 40 years of military rule, Yangon was a cosmopolitan port city and one of the great trading […]