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  • Thai press: More pieces on the “massacre of 13” jigsaw

    Yesterday, ASTV Manager Online, that has for years been reporting on news in the Golden Triangle, presented a clearer (but still incomplete) picture of what happened to the two Chinese cargo ships and their crew last October. ...
  • Shan message to Clinton: Panglong still the foundation of the union

    Negotiations between Naypyitaw and the country’s outlying states cannot avoid dealing with the 1947 Panglong Agreement, due to its unique attribute of being the foundation of the Union, said a Shan representative from the Thai-Burmese border, speaking a...
  • Yawdserk: Surrender is out of the question

    In response to the general confusion that has arisen among supporters following his talks with Naypyitaw special representative U Aung Min on 19 November, Lt-Gen Yawdserk, Chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) had promised that he would...
  • Burma: Arab Spring or Prague Spring?

    Last October, the military-turned-civilian government bent its visa rules on blacklisted individuals and Harn Yawnghwe, head of the Brussels-based Euro Burma Office (EBO) that has been assisting activist groups struggling for democracy and ethnic rights w...
  • Mixed responses to SSA truce decision

    Shans in exile have expressed mixed feelings about the Shan State Army (SSA) South report on Sunday (20 November) that it will be signing a ceasefire agreement with the Naypyitaw appointed Shan State Government “in the near future”, likely before the ...
  • The Lady: I will work for democracy and ethnic rights together

    Burma’s democracy icon had promised to fight for democracy and ethnic rights, both at the same time, during the meeting with United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) leaders last Tuesday, 15 November, according to Shan Nationalities league for Democracy (SNL...
  • Shan political prisoner receives Unknown Hero prize from The Lady

    Sai Hla Aung, imprisoned CEC member of the de-registered Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), the party that won statewide in the 1990 elections, was awarded the Unknown Hero prize from Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, 20 November, Burma’s Nationa...
  • Naypyitaw rep meets ethnic delegations

    U Aung Min, minister of railway transport and special representative of President Thein Sein, met delegations from Shan, Karen, Karenni, Chin and Kachin armed movements, Saturday, 19 November, at an undisclosed location on the Thai-Burmese border. ...
  • SSA South reaches ceasefire agreement with Naypyitaw

    The Shan State Army (SSA) South, after one and a half hour meeting with Naypyitaw’s special representative U Aung Min at an undisclosed location on the Thailand-Burma border yesterday, had reached agreement for a ceasefire with Naypyitaw, www.taifreedom...
  • Thein Sein’s peace formula: À la Panglong in the works

    A top official visiting the Thai-Burmese border, on 19 November, said the peace talks being pursued by Naypyitaw will not stop at signing ceasefire pacts and creating business openings for the non-Burman ethnic armed groups, the standard procedure followe...
  • Shan Drug Watch 2011 report: What it is all about

    One of the 3 main plots of ‘Traffic’, the Oscar-winning movie in 2001, was about a general who was waging war against a drug cartel in Mexico. Applauded by the Americans at first, he was later found out to be working for a rival cartel. ...
  • Shan party hopes to regain seat lost last year

    The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), the third largest winning in the 2010 November elections, is planning to re-contest in the coming by-elections at the vacant seat for the Upper House in Northern Shan State’s Lashio district, which it had ...
  • Press release by the Shan Herald Agency for News

    Press release by the Shan Herald Agency for News November 16, 2011 New report: Drugs proliferating across Shan State under Burma’s new government The latest Shan Drug Watch report, released today, reveals that opium cultivation and drug production ha...
  • SNLD: Participation in elections may affect ethnic trust in Ms Suu Kyi

    Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) that won the most seats in Shan State in the 1990 nation-wide elections says if Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, considered the most trusted Burman by the ethnic people, and her party National League for Democracy (NLD)...
  • Sino border town under curfew

    Namkham, one of Shan State's northernmost townships bordering China, has been under virtual curfew after a bomb explosion occurred near the police station last week, killing one police officer and injuring four, according to sources from the border....
  • Announcement: SHAN launching Shan Drug Watch 2011 report

    Announcement SHAN launching Shan Drug Watch2011 report(16 November 2011) Shan Herald Agency for News will be launching its Shan Drug Watch 2011 newsletter, highlighting the latest situation in Burma, especially in its largest and most well-known state w...
  • Yawdserk offers assistance for peace in the Triangle

    A month after the brutal killing of 13 Chinese crewmen took place in the Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, Lt-Gen Yawdserk, leader of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’, that operates in Shan State East, has offered to lend a hand i...
  • Ceasefire groups get warnings from nons

    If the ceasefire groups have friendly suggestions for armed groups that are either negotiating or yet to negotiate with Burma’s new government, the latter also has some counter-suggestions for the former too, according to a key member of the United Nati...
  • Hot tips for the SSA South

    The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) that is expected to be the next armed group Naypyitaw is planning to meet sometime in the near future has been given friendly tips by officials from ceasefire groups calling themselves “we...
  • Gambling dens galore

    Despite the new civilianized government’s announcement in April which is to eliminate all gambling games in the country, over a hundred gambling dens are being witnessed along with the Hot Air Balloon Competition festival in Taunggyi, capital of Shan St...

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