Dam projects on mighty Salween River threaten to re-ignite Myanmar's civil war

December 11, 2014 6:30 AM

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Dam projects on mighty Salween River threaten to re-ignite Myanmar's civil war

In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, an ethnic Karen woman makes her way down to the banks of the Salween river near Tha Ta Fang, Thailand. Myanmar’s government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, needed to meet economic goals and energy demands as the country opens its doors to the outside world. Yet to the Shan, Karen, Karenni and other ethnic minorities living in the river’s basin, the six proposed hydro-power dams symbolize violence, anxiety about the future and a tool used by authorities to secure a greater grip over their lives. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) (The Associated Press)

In this Nov. 16, 2014 photo, Ethnic Karen and others wait for transportation at the river port of Mae San Laep, Thailand. Myanmar’s government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, needed to meet economi...

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