Thursday, June 16, 2016

Suu Kyi to discuss Dawei during Thai visit

Artist’s impression of how the finished Dawei project will look. (Photo:

The multibillion-dollar Dawei megaproject is expected to get a new lease of life when Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Thailand next week.

The Last Undammed River – Saving the Salween

By BILL O'TOOLE / DVB 15 June 2016

A collaboration between Chiang Mai-based Eureka films and DVB‘s investigative documentary team, “Mega Dams on the Thanlwin” explores a subject that has excited strong passions in Burma in the past, but which in this case has gone barely noticed outside of the affected area: the construction of mega-dams to supply neighboring countries with electricity.

Cronies Still Deserve Blame for Burma’s Poverty

By THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Burma was subjected to military rule for nearly five decades between the late dictator Ne Win’s coup in 1962 and former Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s abdication in 2010. Everyone says the country was destroyed by the authoritarian rulers. Generally speaking, they are right.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Resistance to MCL’s coal-fired power plant heats up

Public opposition to the Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL)’s coal-fired power plant grew over the weekend with the announcement of a protest campaign led by local residents, monks, and members of Pyartaung Region Development Organization in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.

Despite local appeals to halt power plant activities, the company continues to prepare for operations, according to residents.

“It has been 20 days already since they started testing the coal-fired power plant by burning coal. They test it at night after 9 or 10 PM. They skip three or four days and then test it again. We can see the smoke from our village,” said Nai Mit, a resident of Katonzi Village.

Floods, political change hamper Myanmar growth: World Bank

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's growth rate, once one of the world's most impressive, has dipped following heavy floods and an investment slowdown sparked by uncertainty over its political transition, the World Bank said Tuesday (June 7).

Thailand wants BD to benefit from its trilateral highway with India, Myanmar

on June 1, 2016

Chalermpol Thanchitt, Special Envoy of the Thai Foreign Minister, said Bangladesh would be able to make use of this route by creating “an access point” between this proposed highway and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor, reports
He said this would be the “most effective” land route to be connected with Thailand.