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Myanmar powers up

electrification photo

Photo by Timitrius

This is one tough question to answer.

The government heavily subsidises electricity prices, providing power to consumers at around 3 US cents a megawatt, compared with 16 cents in Cambodia. This is much less than the cost of production, which is around 8 or 9 cents. It costs the government around $350 million a year to subsidise the national grid.

The government seems to have deferred any move to raise electricity prices for fear of sparking protests and unrest, say some industry analysts. This has also raised fears that the government will continue to drag its feet on approving generation projects, as new plants would swell the subsidy bill further, increasing the budget deficit and straining public finances

Source: Myanmar powers up | Bangkok Post

Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

His friend the ex-taxi driver told him about an airstrike that had just killed multiple high-level Islamic State commanders, destroying a giant weapons cache. Elated, Mosul Eye dashed home to post it online. He hit “publish” and then, minutes later, realized his mistake. The information could have come from only one person. He trashed the post and spent a sleepless night.

This could be turned into a movie, especially the scene where Omar Mohammed had decided to die and sipped a cuppa on the bank of the Tigris. An inspiring story indeed.

via Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy

jerusalem photo

Photo by Walkerssk (Pixabay)

Israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and considers Jerusalem to be a “united” city. Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Dirty politics is dirty.

via Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy | Al Jazeera

New Democratic Party in Myanmar Poised to Challenge Aung San Suu Kyi 

“I want to create an approachable government for the people in our country,” he says.The pro-democracy activist is planning to launch a new political party in Myanmar by the end of the year.

Source: New Democratic Party in Myanmar Poised to Challenge Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon chief minister a rising star and ‘very sharp’ politician

Each generation produces its own leaders, he said. Just as Myanmar’s pro-independence struggle threw up its founding father Aung San, its democratic struggle produced Ms Suu Kyi, his daughter. The NLD’s Parliament speakers and ministers are well qualified, he added.

Source: Yangon chief minister a rising star and ‘very sharp’ politician, SE Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Reassessing the Role of Myanmar’s Powerful Military

The Tatmadaw is still at the epicenter of politics. No understanding of it will prevent world and domestic leaders from achieving their goals.

Source: Reassessing the Role of Myanmar’s Powerful Military