Насилие над Бирмой

СИДНЕЙ – Бирма, которая когда-то была самой богатой страной в Юго-Восточной Азии, теперь завязла в глубокой бедности. Ее экономика разрушена в результате почти 50 лет бесхозяйственности под военным правлением; единственными международными рейтингами, в которых она занимает первые места, являются рейтинги на самую корумпированную нацию, самую худшую систему здравоохранения в мире и самые низкие расходы на образование – "почести", которые являются печальным отражением страданий ее народа.

И все же в течение последних нескольких лет Бирма также выступила в качестве существенного производителя энергии в Юго-Восточной Азии. Благодаря крупным месторождениям извлекаемого природного газа, расположенным за границей, Бирма теперь зарабатывает существенную прибыль в иностранной валюте.

В настоящее время большая часть этих доходов ($1-1,5 миллиарда в год в зависимости от ценовых колебаний) поступает из Таиланда. Газ из Бирмы, который поступает по наземному трубопроводу из Залива Мартабан, составляет около 20% электроснабжения Бангкока.

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