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    Activists Fill Myanmar’s Gap in Environmental Protection

    They’re standing up and speaking out. Foreign investment in the developing Southeast Asian country has ballooned to $9.4 billion in 2015-2016, with a third of that cash coming from China. Yet as the resource-rich country accepts more international investments, dilapidated government institutions are often failing to provide the necessary protections for Myanmar’s environment. Now activists, with skills honed by years of dissenting under the old military dictatorship, are stepping up to protest Chinese-built dams, pushing to reform jade industry corruption — and training a new generation to protest.

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