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Public health up in smoke: Big tobacco returns to Burma

IN July 2013, British American Tobacco (BAT) announced it would be returning to Burma (Myanmar). The company had withdrawn from the domestic market a decade earlier, following criticism by human rights groups, non‐governmental organisations and the UK Government of its commercial links to the country’s military regime. Prior to selling its 60 per cent …

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies | Reuters

TANGYAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Zhou Xing Ci’s family have farmed poppies for as long as anyone remembers, scraping the flowers’ sticky brown sap to produce opium.    Ethnic Palaung workers collect mulberry leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Ann …

The military still holds all the levers in Burma’s future

NEARLY two and half years after the historic victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) general election, the optimism regarding its long road to becoming a stable, effective and inclusive democracy is beginning to wither away. On 28 March, 2018, Burma’s parliament elected U Win …