The Burma-Thailand gas debacle

The Burma-Thailand gas debacle - The Irrawaddy, November 2004
Thailand’s state-controlled gas firm signed up for two expensive gas deals that it later realized it didn’t want. Burma has used the revenue to finance an arms build-up...
The Yadana consortium hired the Burma Army to clear a path for the overland portion of its gas pipeline to Thailand through Tenasserim Division and provide security for the crews. The Burma Army operated as per normal—burning down villages, press-ganging labor, torturing and occasionally killing local inhabitants. The Yadana consortium became so alarmed at the army’s conduct that it purchased bulldozers in the hope that the men-in-drab would stop using slave labor. Pretty soon, the pipeline fiasco hit the press...
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