Deepening poverty and increased demand for scrap materials are driving ever more people, including children, to scavenge for rubbish in Myanmar’s cities, but worsening power cuts are creating recycling bottlenecks.
Buddhist education centres for children and young adults are multiplying across Myanmar, but while they claim to be politically neutral, critics say they teach toxic nationalism and military propaganda.
Consider being a Frontier Member.
Support independent journalism in Myanmar. Become a Frontier member today
Edwin Vanderbruggen has spent the last five years in Myanmar as legal advisor to some of the biggest players in the oil and gas, energy and telecoms sectors. A partner in the VDB Loi network of law firms, he helped to facilitate the ground-breaking joint-venture agreement in September between Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise and Singapore-based multinational Puma Energy, for jet fuel distribution. Mr Vanderbruggen spoke with Frontier about the challenges of privatisation in Myanmar and how government officials are learning to do business in the global market.
As two Myanmar migrant workers await the verdict in the controversial Koh Tao murder case, four of their compatriots are facing trial in Thailand over a murder for which some believe they were framed.
Everything you always wanted to know about Myanmar’s largest State and its inhabitants, but were too afraid to ask.
A resurgent Shan Nationalities League for Democracy warns that it will go its own way if the NLD does not work with ethnic minorities to achieve a federal union.
Support more independent journalism like this.