Some pro-democracy activists who fled to territory controlled by the Karen National Union for training to fight the junta say they became victims of forcible recruitment, while others are upset at the NUG for failing to provide them with weapons.
An investigation into the seizure of valuable farming land in Sittwe is likely to make uncomfortable reading for some politicians and public servants when it is tabled in the Rakhine assembly later this month.
The government’s blanket rejection of abuse allegations in Maungdaw and refusal to conduct a serious investigation may be popular in Myanmar, but will make it harder to address the issues underpinning the insurgency.
A bridge being built across the Thanlwin River at Mawlamyine will bring positive change to scenic, rural Bilu Kyun but some residents worry about the possible negative impact of development on the environment.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.