Southeast Asia Globe - - Rear Window / A Closer Look At Last Month’s News -

The value of Myan­mar’s shady un­der­ground jade trade in 2014, ac­cord­ing to a Global Wit­ness re­port re­leased the fol­low­ing year. A screen­ing of a Global Wit­ness doc­u­men­tary on the role of Myan­mar’s pow­er­ful mil­i­tary in the lu­cra­tive busi­ness was abruptly can­celled last month af­ter the ho­tel host­ing the event in Yangon folded to sus­pected gov­ern­ment pressure. The film – Jade and the Gen­er­als – ex­plores the vast in­flu­ence still wielded by the mil­i­tary in jade min­ing in the na­tion’s north­ern Kachin state, which has been the source of deep ten­sion and vi­o­lence for al­most 50 years. Myan­mar’s defama­tion laws have of­ten been used to sti­fle dis­sent.

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