Migrant worker remittances have transformed the remote Magway Region village of Mauktin, but unscrupulous job brokers have left many residents under crushing debt.
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A fringe debate on Facebook about the merits of not voting in the November election has sparked threats of criminal charges and the anger of the civilian political elite.
Myanmar’s deadliest mine collapse in recent history caught the world’s attention in July, but local frustration with an industry controlled by outside companies has been growing for years.