Tailor Shop Family Accused of Abuse and Enslavement to be Formally Charged

On Thursday a court will decide on the charges with which to prosecute six family members for torturing and enslaving two children in a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop for five years. Ko Latt, 63, Tin Thuzar, 59, Tin Min Latt, 37, Yarzar Tun, 25, Su Mon Latt, 27, and Thiri Latt, 37, who ran Ava […]

Myanmar’s stabs at reform test public’s patience

Myanmar’s year-old government has drawn stiff pushback from its sudden cuts to a national holiday and crackdown on unlicensed buses, burning up goodwill won with the promise of change. The government said last month that the public holiday period for the Thingyan water festival marking the new year would be shortened to five days from […]

Typewriting the future: A dying art in a changing city

The tapping of keys is a familiar sound ringing through the old downtown streets of Yangon. Mostly older typists sit on small enclaves in crumbling colonial buildings and on street corners under colourful umbrellas, their fingers a fury of precision. Using typewriters often older than themselves, they write up the likes of bonds, marriage certificates, […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]