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Trafficking of Women on the Burma-China Border & International Responsibility


In recent weeks, warfare in Burma’s Kachin State has increased and is now making its way closer to the Burma-China border. While the international community has paid little attention to the Kachin conflict over the past few years, understanding its ...

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The riverbank vegetable plot in Boong Kla sub-district, Boong Kla, Bueng Kan was completely inundated.  Ms. Jarin Kamghong had to replant the plot after flooding in December 2013.  Photo: March 8, Montree Chantawong

Unexpected Waters: How Sudden Water Changes in the Mekong Affect Local Thai Livelihoods


  On an early morning last December, Manee* (name changed to protect privacy), a woman of 73, woke to prepare offerings to the monks in Ban Viang Kook of Nongkhai Province in Thailand. A papaya in one hand, she steadied the ...

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Regional Roundup for the Week of 4.4.14

Regional Roundup for the Week of 4.4.14


News emerged this week of protests in Maoming, Guangdong over a proposed paraxylene chemical plant, echoing similar protests that took place in Kunming last spring. Reports of police violence towards protestors as well as images of the protest and unconfirmed ...

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Regional Roundup for the Week of 3.29.14

Regional Roundup for the Week of 3.29.14


Links this week include updates on the search for Malaysia Airlines 370, ramped-up concerns on pollution in China, and continued political unrest in Bangkok in anticipation of a renewed rallies and protests this weekend. Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia made ...

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Shangpu villagers weeping uncontrollably at the thought of relocation

Recommendations Regarding Hydropower Development and the Rights of China’s Ethnic Peoples


Most of China’s water resources are found in China’s western regions with 70% coming from China’s southwest.  Since the beginning of this century, the core of China’s hydropower development focused on middle and upstream portions of rivers in southwest China. ...

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The weak vs. the strong: Ethnic villagers, the government, and hydropower firms

The weak vs. the strong: Ethnic villagers, the government, and hydropower firms


As China increases its hydropower development plans into the 21st century, an estimated 8 million ethnic people in southwest China, many of them Tibetan, Miao, and Yi will be forced to leave their remote mountain homes. My previous posts this ...

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Hydropower & Ethnic Resettlement in China's Yalong River Valley

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