Mekong River: China’s Release of Water Reflects A Greater Environmental Crisis

A Lotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore, 24March 2016: China would like to project its release of Mekong River waters from its dams this month to “assist” drought-stricken farmers and fisheries further downstream, especially in Vietnam, as a magnanimous gesture from a friendly neighbour, but, behind it is a reflection of a greater environmental and political crisis that is brewing in the region. Continue reading “Mekong River: China’s Release of Water Reflects A Greater Environmental Crisis”

Myanmar: Reforming The Jade Industry The Litmus Test For New Government

Lotus-INPS News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

As a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over in Myanmar this month, reforming Myanmar’s Jade mining industry and ensuring the benefits of it flow to the people and the national coffers would be the litmus test of its democratic credentials. Continue reading “Myanmar: Reforming The Jade Industry The Litmus Test For New Government”