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Buckle up- it's time for another weekly news round-up.

Protests from several corners of society, natural resource and land management issues, awards, unexpected sex-ed teachers and more.
It was a comparatively quiet week to the ones that preceded it, making way for some evergreen topics in Myanmar, including natural resource and land management, ethnic rights, and fun features about various aspect of the military.
 
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Without further ado, let's get to it.
Rohingya and Rakhine
 
The Rohingya boat crisis is catching the attention of international media once more, with more boats being seized in recent weeks.  
 
Earlier this week a protest was staged in the Rohingya camps, with residents of the camps speaking out against the United Nations refugee agency for refusing to identify their ethnicity as Rohingya on smart cards issued to them.
 
A protest was held in Rakhine, opposing the return of Rohingya refugees to the state. Brilliant snap from AFP of a young Buddhist monk standing in the crowd, participating in the demonstration against the Rohingya.
 
On the borders
 
Another protest by locals in Rakhine called for the right to control the state’s natural resources, namely gas and oil. Claims to resources in ethnic lands have been an issue in Myanmar for decades. Myanmar’s constitution brazenly declares that the Union of Burma “is the ultimate owner of all lands,” which ends up making things quite difficult for anyone looking to say otherwise. While we’re at it, take a moment to read about a new land law amendment is threatening millions of Myanmar’s farmers.
 
Seven years since its suspension, the Chinese developers behind the infamous Myitsone Dam are working every angle they can to get to project moving again. A must-read for anyone interest in indigenous rights, natural resource management, or Chinese investment in Myanmar.
 
“A new gemstone law expected to be passed in the current session of parliament ignores civil society recommendations and does not address deep-seated problems in the jade industry.
 
Dr. Cynthia Maung, who has been operating the Mao Tao clinic along the Thai-Burma border for nearly 30 years, was awarded a N-Peace Award from UNDP. Her clinic has seen a major decrease in funding the past few years, as attention is diverted from the Thai-Burma border.
 
National Affairs
 
One of my favorite pieces from this week takes a look inside the schools that serve the children of Myanmar’s military families.
 
The NYT wrote a piece about how Min Aung Hlaing glorifies himself (shocker) and takes readers through a tour of Naypyidaw. No new information in the piece, but a nice little primer for anyone who’s never previously realized the ego of Myanmar’s generals/taken a look at land-grabbed ghost town that is Nay Pyi Daw.
 
Bloomberg used the recent foreign alcohol ban to talk about how business can be tough to do in Myanmar. No shocker there, as Myanmar ranks 171 out of 190 in terms of “ease of doing business.”
 
Jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were awarded “Journalist of the Year” from Foreign Press Association Media Awards for their work on the massacre of ten Rohingya Muslims. The anniversary of their arrest and detainment is in the next few weeks.
 
Toli moli (“miscellaneous” in Burmese)
 
"Who wants to know about the human sexual response?" I wrote a piece for Al Jazeera about Myanmar’s leading sex-ed teacher, Dr. Thet Htwe.
 
That’s it for this week. Enjoy the only evidence I have of the off-the-grid excursion I made in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region last week:
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