Thursday, 20 July 2017

 New tactics insurgent groups

Bertil Lintner in Mae Sot, Thai-Burma border 

After crushing all organised civilian opposition inside Burma, the ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) has now successfully neu­tralised several of the country's border in­
surgencies as well.

Read more: Spiking the guns

 Casino at centre of border development plan?

Bertil Lintner in the Golden Triangle

Stating that gambling in Burma has been "firmly prohibited for a quarter of a century," Rangoon's Ambas­sador to Thailand, Nyunt Swe, in De­cember 1989 vehemently denied reports in the Thai press that his government had permitted a Thai company to build a casino on Burmese soil. Similar denials soon fol­lowed from the Thai side, saying that the deal between the Burmese Government and a private Thai company was about a golf course, not a casino.

Read more: Upstaging Macau

Peace brings investors to notorious border region

Bertil Lintner in Mae Sal, northern Thailand

The bustling border town of Mae Sai is where the smooth, Thai highway ends and the rutted dirt tracks of Burma begin. But if enthusiastic local Thai planners have their way, more sophisti­cated lines of communication are likely to be opened not only across the border into Burma but also all the way to China.

Read more: Forgotten frontiers