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.
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.
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.