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 […]

Myanmar commissions country’s first tire plant

Myanmar Economic Corp., an enterprise tied to Myanmar’s military complex, has commissioned production at the country’s first tire factory. The plant, under construction in Yangon City since late 2010, will have capacity for radial passenger and truck/bus tires along with other miscellaneous bias tires, inner tubes, liners and bladders, according to Chinese tire machinery manufacturer […]