On 12 December, Nikkei Asia reported that the Macao squeeze spawns new gambling and trafficking hubs akin to ‘penal colonies’ and on the Moei River, Shwe Kokko Yatai New City has been conceived as a fantastic $15 billion city of the future. Development is well underway in Myanmar’s malarial and strife-torn Karen (Kayin) state. The city lies just north of Thailand’s Mae Sot. It says that Shwe Kokko is a known criminal hub used for online gambling, scamming and human trafficking. It also says that more crime zones immediately began springing up southward along the shallow, winding Moei, and this lawless area is branded a “growing threat to global security” in a US Institute of Peace (USIP) commentary published last month.