Mining is a highly destructive endeavour towards our environment but demand for gems and minerals is non-stop; early colonial relationships continue to define these industries.
Much of the devastation of our globe's natural resources traces its origins to early colonialism. These relationships continue to define the extraction of resources that severely impact ecosystems.
In Myanmar, gender inequality is fed by a deeply held concept called ‘hpon,’ which considers men to be spiritually and morally better than women.
In Myanmar, spousal abuse is legal and stigma stop most women from reporting sexual violence. A bill championed by feminists but long stalled in Parliament may soon give women their basic rights.
Green spaces and meaningful tasks are both good for mental health.
Gardening not only provides nutritious food, but a reminder of home for refugees.
Rohingya Muslim women who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh stretch their arms out to collect aid distributed by relief agencies in this September 2017 photo. A campaign of killings, rape and arson attacks by security forces and Buddhist-aligned mobs have sent more than 850,000 of the country’s 1.3 million Rohingya fleeing.
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Facebook is unwittingly helping fuel a genocide against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Does Cuba’s internet model provide lessons to manage social media amid political chaos?
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh waiting to receive aid.
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The persecution of the Rohingya goes back to 1948, the year when Myanmar achieved independence from the British.
Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston.
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Two genocide and mass atrocity prevention scholars argue Trump's response to the Charlottesville attack is a red flag.
If the river islands are bombed away and if the riverscape is engineered into something more like a large artificial canal, then endangered species face extinction.
A heroine no more.
Long regarded as something approaching a saint, Myanmar's de facto head of state appears to be running out of moral capital.
Indonesia can assist Myanmar to find a long-term solution for peace in Rakhine state.
Unless reconciliation efforts involve people at the grassroots, persecution of ethnic Rohingya will not stop. Indonesian should offer support for dialogue between communities in Myanmar.
Aung San Suu Kyi will rule Burma through her proxy president. They need to unite the country's many ethnic groups.
Big news for Myanmar.
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Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy does not necessarily mean free speech is a given.
Great expectations after a historic vote.
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With the opposition party on course to win a historic election, it's time to get serious on some difficult questions.
The also-rans: opposition leader Ko Ko Gyi addresses a protest in Yangon.
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As the November elections loom, it's not just Burma's government that's having trouble.
Burmese Buddhist monks protest against an influx of Rohingya migrants by boat.
With parliamentary elections looming, the ethnic hatred let loose by Burma's transition to democracy are running out of control.
Governments and international organisations should find an effective solution for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Representatives meeting to discuss South-East Asia's migrant crisis may learn from the previous refugee crisis that hit the region during the Indochina war.
A Thai vessel provides supplies to Rohingya migrants on an abandoned boat.
Why have South-East Asian countries abandoned scores of migrants to drift in the sea?
There is more freedom and more reasons to smile in Burma than in the past – but will this girl and others in her generation share the spoils of the nation’s resources boom?
Our Tropical Future: A new report on the State of the Tropics has revealed rapid changes in human and environmental health in the Earth’s tropical regions. This is the final in a four-part series about…
This Vietnamese school girl is growing up in a new era: by the time she is middle-aged, 60% of the world’s children will be living in a tropical region.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
Our Tropical Future: A new report on the State of the Tropics has revealed rapid changes in human and environmental health in the Earth’s tropical regions. This is the first in a four-part series about…
‘I don’t want our people to be crouched and crushed and flattened,’ said Aung San Suu Kyi in her address at the Sydney Opera House today.
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Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was today awarded an honorary doctorate from UTS and the University of Sydney…
Blanket Burmese School.
Four-year-old Ar Zin stared at my bag. He knew there was something special inside. The classroom full of 30 Burmese refugee children was so hushed that I could each child’s breath, and Ar Zin’s eyes followed…