Sunday, 03 August 2014 19:46

Cross-border healthcare

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Donor funding shift affects Mae Tao Clinic

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Patients wait to register for treatment at the Mae Tao Clinic, which provides medical care for tens of thousands of people a year. Photos: Portia Larlee

A shift in funding priorities by donor organisations is affecting the work of the famous Mae Tao Clinic, says its founder, Dr Cynthia Maung.

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A report by non-government organisation Global Witness has raised concern about transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors in Myanmar. Photo: Robert Jensen

Myanmar became the 45th country to be granted candidate status with the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in early July.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 17:07

Taking stock

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Is it too early to launch the Yangon Stock Exchange?

In October 2015 the Yangon Stock Exchange will be launched by the Myanmar Economic Bank in cooperation with Japan’s Tokyo Stock Exchange and Daiwa Securities Group. The lack of transparency in the Myanmar economy has created doubts about whether the time is right to open a share market.

The Debate

When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.

The illegal logging of rosewood in Myanmar and throughout the region highlights the challenge of preservation in the absence of adequate enforcement.

An insatiable demand in China for furniture made from rosewood could result in the trees being logged to extinction in Myanmar within three years, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency has warned.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 15:36

Lives in limbo

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Talk of repatriating Myanmar refugees is 'nothing new': UNHCR official

For nearly a decade Saw Htoo Say, a Karen, worked at a hospital in a Tatmadaw base at Ba Htoo, 36 miles (58 kilometres) north of the Shan State capital, Taunggyi. He agreed to a five year contract but after ten years in the job was refused permission to leave, Saw Htoo Say said he felt trapped and discriminated against in his position.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:36

Nawaday Art Gallery

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An oasis of green and a controversial owner

Sipping a latte in a residential compound owned by someone once considered the most feared man in Myanmar - and who spent seven years living there under house arrest - is one of the most surreal experiences Yangon has to offer.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:32

Energy addiction

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Piracy surge justifies China’s investment in Myanmar oil terminal

China’s strategic investment in an oil transhipment terminal on the Myanmar coast at Kyaukphyu and a 900-kilometre pipeline to Yunnan could soon be justified by a surge in piracy in the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:27

Thilawa SEZ: Some unanswered questions

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Residents raise environmental, health concerns

Concerns about air and water pollution from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone have been raised at a meeting held by its management committee to give residents an opportunity to discuss concerns about the project's environmental impact.