Police raid Rakhine-to-Malaysia Smuggling Junket, Detain 22 Muslim Teens

Court proceedings and a manhunt have been launched after police disrupted a human smuggling pipeline from Rakhine State to Malaysia in two separate raids in Yangon this weekend. Nearly two dozen Muslim teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 were rounded up by police and detained. According to officials, the male teens being trafficked […]

Jade Curse Tests Post-Sanctions Myanmar

Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal […]

Draught law causes beer station panic

On Kyar Kwet Thit Street in Yangon’s Tarmwe township, famous because it is home to more than 50 beer stations, dozens of young and middle-aged men and a handful of girls in their 20s enjoyed the nightlife earlier this week. At around 9pm customers were relaxed as they held mugs of draught beer, while the […]

Rapid Migration and Lack of Cheap Housing Fuels Yangon Slum Growth

YANGON — Ei Cho Khine once had dreams of becoming a tour guide. As a student back in her village in Magwe Region in central Myanmar, she would often encounter groups of foreigners being led by tour guides while helping her parents at their Bein moke snack stall. “My dream was to be a tour […]

Few workers left in deserted Magwe

Villages in Magwe Region are becoming ever more sparsely populated, as men and women move overseas in search of work, leaving few behind to plant and pick the region’s native crops, farmers said. Flooding in July and August destroyed thousands of acres of farmland, and hundreds of thousands more have been confiscated by the government […]

Social media drives flood donations

With collection tins and chorus chants, crowds of impromptu aid solicitors are asking for help to “#SaveMyanmar”. By street-stopping passerby across the country, these volunteers seek to raise money for victims of the severe flooding that has ravaged 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. But in a change from past disasters, powerful fundraising is […]

Tough to balance rights and check for corporate fraud

A balance must be struck between investigating business proposals thoroughly for fraudulent intentions and also respecting citizen’s constitutionally stated privacy rights, according to deputy minister for national planning and economic development Daw Thein Thein Htay. While fraudulent businesses have scammed local people, the process of registering new companies cannot be too investigative, she said. “There […]

Sun shines on Magwe solar power project

Thai firm Green Earth Power Company has signed an agreement with the government to move forward on its plans to spend US$350 million building a 220-megawatt solar-power generating station near Minbu in Magwe Region. The facility will sit on 850 acres that are not suitable for agriculture, and will take three years to complete, said […]