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.
Debilitating mosquito-borne diseases pose an increasing threat to migrant workers and refugees just across the border in Thailand, where clinics running on dwindling foreign aid struggle to meet needs.
The government’s need to secure new supplies of natural gas and a desire to send a positive signal to investors has likely helped a consortium including Total, Woodside and MPRL negotiate favourable fiscal terms to develop the A-6 block.
The NLD’s push for constitutional change is likely to result in a vote in parliament in the coming weeks or months. It will almost certainly end in defeat, but could give the party a helpful election boost.
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.