Myanmar jade industry gathers dust despite China-led boom

NAYPYITAW — The jade mining industry in Myanmar, one of the world’s richest sources of the gem, is scrambling to meet rising Chinese demand, sometimes at the cost of human lives. Yet this booming trade has not translated into growth beyond the dangerous work of extraction. In fact, Myanmar’s jade processing industry has languished, mainly […]

Fighting north Myanmar’s addiction curse with sticks and prayers

Armed with batons and the bible, church-backed vigilantes are taking the fight against northern Myanmar’s heroin epidemic into their own hands — deepening the fallout from a drugs trade already feeding conflict and corruption in the region. On the leafy banks of the Irrawaddy river, locals from Katcho village in Kachin state tread carefully among […]