Today KDNG Release the Myitsone Dam project video with Burmese subtitle and English subtitle as well. The Irrawaddy River is the lifeline of Burma. Running through the center of the country, millions depend on it for agriculture, fishing, and transportation. The ruling regime, without consulting local people, is now allowing Chinese companies to build seven mega dams on the Irrawaddy and its tributaries in Kachin State. The seven dams will produce 17,160 megawatts of electricity, five times more than the current installed capacity for the entire country.
Yet electricity generated by the 152-foot tall Irrawaddy Myitsone dam (6,000 MW), will be sold to China, not used in Burma where there are chronic energy shortages. The sale will provide millions of dollars in revenue to Burma’s regime which has consistently used foreign revenues to build up its military at the expense of health and education, leaving the country with some of the worst social indicators in the world.
The Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam is located on the mainstream Irrawaddy, three miles downstream of the famous confluence of the N’Mai and Mali rivers in Kachin State. The confluence is a revered landmark for all of Burma and particularly important cultural site for the Kachin people and will be submerged by the dam.
The following video was produce by News Centre of China’s largest dam builder Sinohydro in may 2011 has been contracted to complete phase 1 of the Myitsone Dam project by the owner of the Dam project, China Power International (CPI)
Burmese language version of the film ‘Burma Soldier’ was made available on the Vimeo site on March 24, online viewings have jumped from a handful to a daily total of several thousands.
The documentary are being left in Internet shops and surreptitiously handed on to customers, according to one of the film’s directors, writer-photographer Nic Dunlop.
‘Burma Soldier’ features a former Burmese army soldier who reminisces about life as a soldier and describes the atrocities he witnessed during his service in Kachin and Karen states. The Tatmadaw is recognized as the most brutal and repressive army in Southeast Asia, responsible for brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations and clamping down on ethnic groups.
The ex-soldier, Myo Myint, who now lives in the United States, offers a rare insight into the workings of the 400,000-strong Burmese Army.
Filmmaker Dunlop said he first met the former soldier at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners office in Mae Sot. ‘He told me his remarkable story, and the film arose from that’. ‘Burma Soldier’ will be premiered by the US company HBO in May.