China opens pipeline to bring gas from Burma

By Mon, Jul 29, 2013 4:18PM UTC China opens pipeline to bring gas from Burma

BEIJING (AP) — China has switched on a pipeline bringing natural gas from Burma, a state company said Monday, in a project that has raised concerns in Burma’s nascent civil society about whether its giant neighbor’s resource grabs will benefit local people. The 793-kilometer (493-mile) pipeline connects the Bay of

Burma’s demographic conundrum

By Sat, Jul 27, 2013 2:59PM UTC Photo: AP

Now that its economy is freed from theBurmeseWay to Socialism, can the country get rich before it gets old? There are many reasons why Burma should in principle be able to grow very fast for two decades if it can capitalize on change and catch up with neighbors such as

Burma’s LGBT community faces abuse, discrimination

By Fri, Jul 26, 2013 5:12PM UTC Members of Burma's LGBT community take photos during a celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at a hotel in Yangon earlier this year. Pic: AP.

Burma is no stranger to accusations of human rights violations, and now persecutions of LGBT individuals can be added to that list. Earlier this month several men who were dressed in women’s clothes were attacked by police in Mandalay and were reportedly beaten, stripped and forced to walk naked, reports

Burma forms constitution committee, raising hopes for Suu Kyi

By Fri, Jul 26, 2013 3:14PM UTC Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s parliament on Thursday established a committee to review the country’s constitution to consider changes that could allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president. The changes might also allow ethnic minorities increased self-rule. The 109-member committee includes lawmakers from all parties in parliament,

When industry leads development, people and the environment suffer

By Fri, Jul 26, 2013 6:00AM UTC When industry leads development, people and the environment suffer

The global gung-ho embrace of capitalism is resulting in significant economic growth in some parts of the world, but also widespread inequality, social problems and hazardous environmental consequences. Nowhere is this truer than in Asia. The findings of a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) show that economic

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