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  • Facebook: Hundreds join movement against Burma Army

    216 youths have enlisted with the Shan State Army (SSA) “in order to sacrifice their lives for the country and nation”, reported Tai Youth Campaign (TYC) Facebook yesterday. The voluntary signing up took place during the 10-day Nampook battle around ...
  • SSA North not left out in the cold: Spokesman

    The expected signing of a ceasefire agreement between its ally Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government does not necessarily mean the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), be...
  • Rank-and-file hardships taking toll on Tatmadaw unity

    Adversities faced by the Tatmadaw’s ordinary soldiers and junior officers, especially after the recent reduction of supplies to their family members, have hit home prompting responsible commanding officers to tend resignations, according to a report fro...
  • SSA offered a second olive branch

    The Shan State Army (SSA) North was yesterday, given another olive branch since April by the Burma Amry through two Buddhist monks acting as emissaries, according to SSA spokesman Maj Sai La this morning. “We were asked by the monks if we desired peace...
  • Mongkok: Where it all began

    Presentation to the public forum in Chiangrai on the Mongkok coal-mining and Mongkok coal-fired power plant held on 21 July 2011 Mongkok is in Monghsat township, opposite Mae Ai and Mae Fa Luang districts of Chiangrai province. Monghsat used to be a fron...
  • Final assault on SSA yet to materialize

    The Burma Army has assembled 42 infantry battalions with 14 of them around the Shan State Army (SSA) headquarters of Wanhai backed by supporting artillery units, but the expected final assault is still yet to come, according to SSA sources....
  • Thai academic speaks of dual Thai nationalisms vis-à-vis Shans

    Thais have more fraternal feelings toward their Shan cousins when they are living outside the border than after they have arrived in droves following massive forced relocation campaigns which displaced hundreds of thousands of them twenty years earlier, a...
  • Academics: Thailand doesn’t need Burma’s coal

    Academic activists at yesterday’s public forum in Chiangrai to discuss social and environmental impacts coming from the Mongkok lignite coal mines and a lignite-fired powerplant there across the border said Thailand could do without resorting to coal fo...
  • Three regional armies against Shan HQ

    Troops from three Burma Army regional commands are poised to launch a final assault on the Shan State Army (SSA) North’s Wan Hai base in Kehsi township, according to both civilian and SSA sources. The three are Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command,...
  • Quiet along the front, noisy in the rear

    The guns calmed down yesterday at Nampook junction, where roads from Mongyai in the north, Kehsi in the southwest and Monghsu in the east meet, after continuous fighting since 10 July, according to Shan State Army (SSA) North sources....
  • Fighting intensifies around rebel HQ

    Failing to bombard the Shan State Army (SSA) North fighters from the air, the Burma Army had recently resorted to pounding rebel bases with heavy weapons brought in by two artillery commands and thereby forcing Shan fighters to leave their mountain bastio...
  • Junta reinforcements waylaid

    Casualties on the Burma Army’s side have been heavy as reinforcements rushing to relieve troops besieged by the Shan State Army (SSA) North in the three-cornered area in central Shan State were ambushed by the guerrillas, according to local and rebel so...
  • Junta plane visits battlefield

    A Burmese military plane yesterday circled over the battlefield taking place in the three-corner area, where the township boundaries of Kehsi, Mongyai and Hsipaw meet, between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army (SSA) “North” but no bombs were drop...
  • Junta army’s road link outpost overrun by Shan rebels

    Nampook, the Burma Army’s outpost, where the roads from Mongyai in the north, Kehsi in the southwest and Wanhai (the Shan State Army “North” HQ) in the southeast meet, was seized and destroyed by the SSA troops by ruse early yesterday, according to ...
  • Wa say they’re next on Naypyitaw hit list

    The United Wa State Army (UWSA) believes it is the next target for the Burma Army following the attacks on the Shan State Army (SSA) “North” and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in March and June respectively, according to an informed source returning f...
  • Campaign stalemate, war goes on

    The campaign launched by the Burma Army on the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) seems to be at a standstill since their first meet in April, though reports of small clashes between the two groups are still coming out everyday, accordin...
  • Better than nothing: Visitors on govt built houses for quake victims

    Visitors returning from Talerh (Tarlay) and Mong Lane (Mainglin), Tachilek township, across Thailand’s Maesai, say homes constructed by the government for March 24 quake victims are sub-standard. “They look nice outside, painted white inside and outs...
  • Aid group: Quake victims in need of drinking water and food

    According to a Thailand based aid organization returning from assisting earthquake victims in Talerh (Talay) and Mong Lane (Monglin) village tracts of Shan State East’s Tachilek township, where a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck on 24 March, people are i...
  • SSA South wants SSA North to evacuate from its main base

    Shan State Army (SSA) South leaders say the SSA North should abandon its besieged HQ Wanhai as soon as possible before it is too late. According to reports from both rebel and civilian sources, the Burma Army is tightening its cordon around Wanhai, where...
  • Wife and friends wish immediate release for imprisoned general secretary of defunct Shan party

    Many ethnic politicians and family members of Sai Nyunt Lwin, General Secretary of defunct Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), wished immediate release for him on his 60th birthday that fell yesterday (3 July)  by the military junta, acco...

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