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  • Chinese made military trucks arriving at border raises question

    More than a hundred Chinese made military trucks were reported to have arrived in Muse, a bustling border trade town between China and Burma since Sunday, raising question whether they will be used in the war against Kachin Independence Army (KIA), accord...
  • Chinese security: No permission given to Burma Army to attack KIA from Chinese side

    Some Chinese security officers, who were reportedly present at a meeting between Burma Army and Chinese officers last weekend over Kachin Independence Army (KIA) issue, denied giving permission to the Burmese Army to launch military operations against KIA...
  • Another Burmese friend of Shans passes away

    U Ye Myint, 70, who had organized the Berlin Conference on Burma in 1993, when Mon, Shan, Karen and Arakanese representatives, among others, participated, passed away on Friday, 24 June. He had been suffering from intestinal cancer for 3 years, according...
  • Wa asks for the world’s understanding regarding drugs

    The United Wa State Army (UWSA), considered the strongest armed group in Burma, and dubbed a terrorist organization with connections to drug trafficking by the United States, says it is a difficult task for a small group as itself to totally defeat the dr...
  • Shan army’s key bridge burnt down

    A key bridge of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, Ta Pha Hsawng crossing of Lawng river, a tributary of the Pang, between 3 townships: Kehsi, Mongyai and Hsipaw, was burnt down by the Burma Army troops who attacked the SSA there on 21 June, according...
  • Rising demand of heroin propelling more opium acreage

    The price of raw opium has gone up to 45,000 baht ($1,500) per viss (1.6 kg) and is likely to go up as much as 50,000 baht ($1,600) by the end of the month due to increased demand, according to sources coming across the border. “This is twice as much a...
  • Burma’s poppy fields increase as permit given in elections period

    The number of poppy fields has increased in every part of Shan State in the 2010-2011season, resulting in increasing output of opium. The reasons for these increases range from more preferable weather conditions, to less restriction by local authorities, ...
  • In Search of Chin identity: A Study in Religion, Politics and Ethnic Identity in Burma

    Book review In Search of Chin identity: A Study in Religion, Politics and Ethnic Identity in Burma                   Author: Dr Lian H. Sakhong Publishing House: NIAS ...
  • Shan activists cautious about anticipated Thai poll results

    As general elections in Thailand on 3 July draw near, SHAN is finding Shan activist movements both inside and on the border of the kingdom reluctant to comment about what will happen after the opposition Pheu Thai, short of miracle, becomes the ruling par...
  • Thailand needs to be concerned about fighting on the Sino-Burma border: Kachin newsman

    Lahpai Naw Din, editor of the Kachin News Group (KNG), told the Thai media yesterday current fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army on the Sino-Burma border should be a cause of concern for Thailand, despite a distance of some ...
  • Clashes increase after more Burma Army troops deployed to Shan territory

    Gunfire was exchanged between the Shan State Army and the Burma Army this morning as soon as reinforcement of the Burma Army troops arrived near SSA controlled territory this week, according to local and SSA sources...
  • More Burma Army troops deployed to SSA HQ

    Latest information today says about 5 battalions of Burma Army troops were sent to Wanhai, new headquarters of Shan State Army (SSA), the armed wing of Shan State Progress Party that refused to transform into Naypyitaw’s Border Guard Force (BGF) program...
  • Shan army loses another base

    The Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) yesterday was attacked by the Burma Army with its MA-10 mortars forcing the SSA to retreat from its base, according to local sources. The Burma Army reportedly fired dozens of shells on the Kawng S...
  • Embattled alliance vows to keep up the fight

    The 3-day 6th Congress of Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) held on the Thai-Burmese border, 9-11 June, ended with a resolution to struggle on in cooperation with other alliances especially the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) formed in Februa...
  • Tightened Security in Sino-Burma border

    After an attempt to transport small arms hidden in a box on June 6, 2011, security has tightened significantly in Northern Shan State (Nam Oon Gate) which is ten miles from Hsenwi town. Twenty-eight pistols were found hidden in a box....
  • Increasing Palm Oil and Automobile Trade to Burma

    Illegal trade is booming on the southern Shan State motorcade trade route through Mae Hong Son, a northern province in Thailand. Since the beginning of the New Year, hundreds of new and used cars have been transported from Mae Hong Son, to Taunggyi, Burma...
  • 3 villagers shot by Burma Army soldiers

    Three villagers, a father and two sons from Kali sub-township, Kunhing Township, Shan State South, where military junta are expanding the newly installed ‘Middle East’ regional command, were shot by a Burma Army patrol on Monday night, killing the fat...
  • Falang: Khun Sa’s stooge or puppet master?

    The wiry Manchurian must have been thinking about the Japanese officer who had adopted the Burmese name “Moejo” meaning ‘Thunder’ while working with the young Burmese activists (later to be known as the Thirty Comrades) fighting for Independence, ...
  • Another MP of defunct Shan party passes away

    Tha Tun Mya, 73, one of the 23 MPs of defunct Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), the second largest winning party in 1990 elections, passed away yesterday at Nakornping Hospital of  Northern Thailand’s Chiangmai province, with  ki...
  • Being honest about using CW

    Once again, the Burma Army, unable to beat the rebels above the belt, has played its ace in the hole: chemical weapons (CWs) On 3 June, unable to dislodge the Shan State Army (SSA) North from its stronghold in Tangyan, 4 shells were launched by its MA-7 ...

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