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Texting the news

Texting the news

How far-flung indigenous communities in a part of Indonesia are using basic phones to fill a media void.

Fueling conflict in Burma

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Fueling conflict in Burma

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is pushing to develop its energy sector. But new hydropower dams and mining projects are exacerbating tensions between the military and armed ethnic militias, leaving civilians trapped in between. A radio feature.

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Energy and the Mekong River: a future flashpoint in Southeast Asia?

Energy and the Mekong River: a future flashpoint in Southeast Asia?

Observers predict the debate over how to tap the power of the Mekong River will become a contentious regional issue for the countries through which the waterway flows. In tiny Laos, authorities want dams on the Mekong's mainstream to fuel its energy strategy to becoming the battery of Southeast Asia. But downstream in neighbouring Cambodia, the consequences may be severe. A look at the conflicting aims between energy needs and food security concerns along one of the longest rivers in the world.

Understanding climate change

Understanding climate change

The rains were kind to farmer Tep Van last year. The monsoon season doused his land with enough water to soak his fields and grow his precious rice crop. But he’s not sure he can count on the same luck this year.

Uncertain flows the Mekong

Uncertain flows the Mekong

Mekong countries can't agree on a hydropower plan. But will that stop Laos from building?