Burma: Resource development fuels ethnic conflict
A Thai company and the Burmese government are planning to construct a hydroelectric dam in Karen state. The dam is expected to displace ethnic Karen from the surrounding communities and has already led to clashes between Karen rebels and the Burmese army.
The project is one of roughly 50 hydropower projects already in the pipeline throughout the country. It's also part of a worrying trend for Burma's minorities: the regime's expansive development plans are actually fuelling conflict in the country's resource-rich ethnic states.