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A parable about two mythical kingdoms offers lessons in how to create a cycle of non-violence

To many of us, today’s world must seem one in which violence is the first resort used to register a protest, settle disputes or particularly, to wage a war of dissent.

 

Another report for peace in Burma

Another report for peace in Burma

Burma News International (BNI) that shot to fame last year with Deciphering Myanmar’s Peace Process: A reference guide 2013, after months of waiting, has released its 2014 updated report.

The 212 page study has all but covered everything that had happened last year:

Study shows military pulling strings from behind state/region governments

Study shows military pulling strings from behind state/region governments

There’s a well known Burmese saying:

Given but not received,
Fed but not adequately

In Burma’s case, the study from Asia Foundation: State and Region Governments in Myanmar, published September 2013, has a clear answer for it: That all that has been given by the military at the front door is being taken back by it behind the door.

How the current Ceasefire Talks in Myanmar can bring about National Reconciliation?

How the current Ceasefire Talks in Myanmar can bring about National Reconciliation?

Negotiation for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar has reached a point where civil society organisations must take an active and robust role for finding new solutions to deep-rooted Myanmar’s armed conflict. The latest meeting between Armed Ethnic Organisations’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) from 9 to 10 March 2014 at Myanmar’s Peace Centre in Yangon, discussed both sides’ proposals for a draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Both sides expressed their satisfaction on the progress. Speculations among close observers indicated that the Agreement could be signed before the 1st August 2014, if everything goes well as planned.

An Old Guard leader returns to the fray

An Old Guard leader returns to the fray

Very few at the “historic” (according to Kachin general Gun Maw) meeting on 5 April in Rangoon, where 21 armed resistance movements (ARMs) in Burma had sent their representatives, knew or heard of him.

Many of them, both Burman and non-Burman alike, were more familiar with Mongla’s top leader, Sai Leun aka U Sai Lin aka Lin Mingxian, his two deputies, Hsan Per and Hsang Lu, and former General Secretary Min Ein, who was gunned down near Mongla’s Oriental Hotel on 27 January 2010 by an assassin who is still at large.

The Unlawful Associations Act 1908 (Burma Code Volume II)

The Unlawful Associations Act 1908
(Burma Code Volume II)
Sao Mya Wadi

Definitions

“Associations” means any combination or body of persons, whether the same be known by distinctive name of not, and “Unlawful Association “means an Association which encourages or aids persons to commit Acts of violence or intimidations or of which the members habitually commit such acts which has been declared to be unlawful by the President of the Union under the power hereby conferred.

Strike when the iron is hot: A report about Myanmar’s Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2014

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (09.03.2014)

Some 300 participants gathered at the Traders Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on February 18-19, 2014 to attend the 2nd annual Hospitality & Tourism Conference, which was organized by Sphere Conferences, Singapore and co-organized by the Myanmar Tourism Federation, as well as supported by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

To Hopeland and Back (Part VIII)

To Hopeland and Back (Part VIII)

Day Five: Hero and Anti-hero on the same day (8 March 2014)

Today I am honored by a former Shan journalist U San Aung, 90. He couldn’t walk by himself and was accompanied by his son, a former lecturer from the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT).

To Hopeland and Back (Part VIII)

To Hopeland and Back (Part VIII)

Day Four (5 March 2014)

Not a walk in the park

Today the exile media that have returned to work on the home front report their challenges they have been facing.

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Last of the breed: life of a Shan prince (Part One)  Renowned Australian journalist Phil Thornton interviewed Sao Hso Hom, son of Sao Sam Tun, late Prince of Mongpawn and

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