The Fix - The most recent figures, released in 2014 by UNODC, show that poppy cultivation has more than doubled since 2006. A report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) sheds light on the reasons behind this increase.
CNN Phillipines - On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, more than half a million people around the world took to the streets for the Global Climate March. They called on leaders to scale up action on climate change to achieve full use of renewable energy, eliminate poverty and protect people from worsening climate conditions.
teleSUR - In the long lead-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), most countries did not act in the way that many had wished as they failed to adopt the necessary measures required to effectively mitigate the impact of climate change.
Shan Herald Agency for News - Myanmar is heading to the polls in November 2015, with an expected shift in power from the old elite to the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). However it remains unclear whether the new political space created by the transition away from military rule will bring significant legislative power to ethnic nationality-based parties.
IRIN - The reasons behind Myanmar’s six decades of ethnic warfare are many and varied, but General “Robert” Ar Nyun can tell you in a word why his group began fighting the government four years ago: drugs.
De Correspondent - Ruim een jaar geleden stuitte ik op een mysterie: Roemeense boeren ontdekten dat hun land, zonder medeweten, was verkocht. Met collega Sorin Semeniuc volgde ik een jaar lang het financiële spoor en kwam ik uit bij Rabobank. De Nederlandse bank heeft middels een fonds vele miljoenen in Roemeense landbouwgrond geïnvesteerd. Hoe zijn ze aan die grond gekomen?
Nikkei Asian Review - Four years after being driven away by the military, Dagaw Hpung is finally letting himself dream of going home. On Nov. 8, when the country heads to the polls for a long-awaited election, he will be casting his vote for a new government -- one he hopes will help end the conflict which has raged between the military and the Kachin Independence Army since 2011.
Women of China - On Friday October 23, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy "Reform or Perseverance" panel discussion took place in Beijing, for experts to discuss findings from a recent evaluation into the effectiveness and costs of international drugs policy, ahead of next year's UN meeting on the "World Drug Problem" (UNGASS 2016).
Asian Correspondent- Two weeks after a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was signed between Burma’s central authorities and a number of ethnic armed groups, the country’s ethnic areas remain anything but peaceful.
New York Times - Myanmar’s government signed a cease-fire agreement with eight armed ethnic groups on Thursday, in what the country’s leaders described as a major step toward peace in the vast borderland regions that have been restive since the earliest days of the country’s independence.
Nikkei Asian Review - Myanmar's president and senior military and government officials have signed a landmark cease-fire accord with eight armed organizations, some of which have been engaged in armed conflict with the state for more than half a century.
The Indian Express - The municipal body’s financial losses from water works has reportedly increased by Rs 60 crore per annum, leading to demands, from both opposition parties and the local community, for the ouster of the private player.