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Concerns Grow After Govt Confirms Massive Dam Project in Southern Shan State 

A Shan lawmaker says local communities have grown worried after a government minister backs plan for a 7,000-megawatt hydropower dam in in southern Shan State. 

Tensions Rise as Military Orders Rebels to Disarm in Myawaddy 

Tensions rise in Karen State’s Myawadday after a local Burma Army commander orders Karen rebel groups not to carry weapons in the border town.

3 Rohingya Drown After Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Boat

Two Rohingya women and a man drown near the Arakan State capital Sittwe after jumping from a boat because police fired rubber bullets at them. 

Senior UN Official Wraps Up Arakan Trip

Haoliang Xu, the UN assistant secretary-general and Asia regional director for the UNDP, meets with Buddhist and Muslim leaders in the conflict-torn west Burma state. 

Burmese Workers Get Lengthy Jail Terms for Pipeline Clash

Ann Township Court hands down sentences to 17 ethnic Chin workers who fought with Chinese colleagues on the cross-Burma oil pipeline project.

Chinese Tourists Flock to a ‘Pleasant Village’ of Gambling Dens in Burma

In far eastern Shan State, the rebel group controlling the enclave around Mong La has set up a booming gaming hub in a once-small village.

Mong La’s Moveable Feast of Endangered Beasts

In the unruly enclave on the Burmese-Chinese border, tiger paws, leopard skins, pangolins and monkey penises are openly sold, mostly to Chinese visitors.

Sex Sells in Burma’s Sin City

Nowhere in culturally conservative Burma is it easier to find sex than in Mong La, a Sino-Burmese border town with a reputation for the illicit.

Market Growth and Moral Decline in Mong La

The Sino-Burmese border town of Mong La has long been a den of vice, but that hasn’t stopped Burma’s president from exhorting its economic success.

$17m Ecstasy Haul Is Burma’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust: Police

Burmese authorities say they have seized nearly 2.4 million Ecstasy pills valued at more than US$17 million, the largest drug bust in Burma’s history.

Arakanese Leaders to Propose Detention Camps for Undocumented Rohingya

Buddhist community leaders are considering a proposal to the government that would place Muslims without proof of citizenship in camps, possibly outside of Arakan State.

Shan IDPs Petition for Army to Vacate Occupied Village

Displaced villagers in Shan State will submit a petition asking the Burmese Army to withdraw from their village, which troops have occupied since early July.

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

Ethnic leaders meet with the opposition leader to discuss the peace process, and they urge the government to give her a greater role in negotiations.

One Civilian Killed After TNLA, Govt Troops Clash

One civilian is shot dead and another hospitalized with a gunshot wound following a clash between government troops and Palaung rebels in northern Shan State.

Burma Govt Agrees to Include Federal System in Ceasefire Deal

A system of autonomy is one the main demands of ethnic armed groups in talks to bring an end to decades of civil war.

200 Kachin Civilians Flee Fighting Near Hpakant

About 200 civilians in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township have reportedly been displaced by fresh clashes between the Burma Army and Kachin rebels in recent days.

Sino-Burmese Border Sees Majority of Human Trafficking Rescues

Burma’s anti-human trafficking police report dozens of cases along the Sino-Burmese border, rescuing a total of 60 Burmese women from January through July.

Screening of ‘Bengali’ Citizenship Bids Begins in Arakan State

The local government in Arakan State’s Myebon Township begins examining citizenship applications of residents self-identifying as “Bengalis” under a controversial pilot program for Rohingya Muslims.

Sentencing Delayed for 173 Farmers in Sagaing Land Grab Case

Hundreds of farmers have been hit with charges for returning to land confiscated by the Burmese military and plowing it.

Shan Village Abandoned for Fear of Burma Army Reprisals 

A Shan village in Namkham Township, northern Shan State, was abandoned after the Burma Army interrogated villagers about the recent assassination of two military officers.

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