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  • Sunday Gospel reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

    April 21, 2017

    This is Easter time. We proclaim that Christ is risen. We say that God’s love has overcome the power of sin and death. We say that the power of evil is broken. Yet, when we check the news we see that evil seems to have survived the breaking of its pow

  • The Myitsone Dam issue

    April 20, 2017

    Work on the US$3.6 billion Chinese project commenced in 2008 but the military-backed government of President Thein Sein suspended its construction in September 2011 following protests and widespread environmental concerns. The issue became a major thorn in relations between the two sides as China agitated for recommencing work. The hydro-electric dam would be the 15th largest in the world. The 6,000 megawatts of electricity it would produce is more than Myanmar's entire power grid produces at present. However, the majority would be used by China despite Myanmar being chronically short of power. To make way for the dam project, around 2,000 people were forcibly moved from five villages to Aung Myin Thar: a new relocation village, in 2010.  The dam is expected to flood 447 square kilometers including 47 villages near the construction site. At least 11,800 people would have to be relocated if the project goes ahead. READ MORE (Photos by Cory Wright)