When Burmese pro-democracy protesters Ko Jimmy and Nilar Thein were jailed for the second time, their daughter had only just been born. Five years on they have been released to start family life again.
Doctors bemoan ‘tragic’ shortage of antiretroviral drugs as new drug-resistant tuberculosis strand causes further concern
A very British row has broken out in Burma over plans to recover 20 buried Second World War Spitfires.
David Cundall, a farmer from Lincolnshire, says he was pressured into giving up his claim on the 67-year-old fighters by a millionaire property developer who was part of David Cameron’s business delegation to Burma two weeks ago.
Burma’s parliament is due to reopen today – almost certainly without the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the 42 other members of her party who secured seats in the recent by-elections. Continue reading “Dispute keeps Suu Kyi’s party out of parliament”
PM dismisses warnings of false dawn with call to ‘suspend’ sanctions, at house where heroine was held for 15 years Continue reading “In a Rangoon garden, Cameron stands with Suu Kyi and offers Burma a fresh start”
Amazonian tribes are facing new challenges as carbon credit dealers move into their forests, write Patrick Bodenham and Ben Cubby.
Peru’s jungle city of Iquitos – first established on the myth of a land of lost gold and once a mecca for 19th century rubber barons – has long been frequented by profiteers.
The Spanish built the city as an outpost to look for El Dorado, a fabled land of gold. At the turn of the last century, the development of the car tyre sent thousands of businessmen on ornate steamships up the Amazon to Iquitos to extract rubber.
A new kind of businessman has now arrived in the jungle. The Australian property developer David Nilsson is not seeking rubber or gold, but the carbon dioxide locked up in millions of hectares of lush Amazon rainforest east of Iquitos.
Local resistance as Australian “carbon cowboy” divides and pressures isolated Matsés tribe to sign over rights to their forests.
Shortly after the approval of a massive, $3 billion hydro-electric project in Chile’s Patagonia, around 1,000 people gathered to protest in downtown Santiago’s Plaza Italia. Police charged the crowd with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Continue reading “Protests after Chile backs giant dams in Patagonia, Santiago”