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There’s something in a name

There’s something in a name

Unlike many non-Burmans (or Bamars), many  of whom SHAN has discussed with agree with U Aung Thaung, the ruling party MP, who proposed that names of states, where non-Burmans are the majority and they used to be territories independent from Burma Proper until independence from the British, should be geographical like Irrawaddy, Mandalay, Magwe, and  so on. Not unlike Texas, California, and so on in the United States.

 

Peace Process: Lessons from Catalan referendum

Peace Process: Lessons from Catalan referendum

More than a week has passed after the Yes or No vote to Spain’s Catalonia region was taken on Sunday, 9 November.

The peace process: The iron is still hot

The peace process: The iron is still hot

This weekend he was in Kachin State visiting the state capital Myitkyina and IDP camps, which ended with a statement expressing “the United State’s deep concern about the increase in tension in Hpakant” jadeland.

GAD: The power behind the throne

GAD: The power behind the throne

Not much, according to the latest research study published by the Asia Foundation this month, Administering the State in Myanmar: An overview of the General Administration Department, a sequel to  its last year’s State and Region Governments in Myanmar.

War on Drugs: Should Burma be decertified?

War on Drugs: Should Burma be decertified?

Less than a month from now, Air Force One will be landing in Naypyitaw, carrying the leader of the world’s still most powerful country. One of the prepared reports from his host country is expected to be the government’s present drive against drug production and trafficking.

The Peace Process: Dangerous quotes

The Peace Process: Dangerous quotes

Some sayings and quotations are easier said than done. Like the one quoted from the late Nelson Mandela by the Burma News International (BNI) in its Deciphering Burma’s peace process 2014:

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.

Time to re-examine the ceasefire agreements

Time to re-examine the ceasefire agreements

Two days from now the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), formed by 16 armed organizations on 2 November 2013 in Laiza, is going to meet again to “re-review” its latest review on the second NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) draft that was prepared at the joint NCCT-UPWC (Union Peacemaking Work Committee formed by the government on 3 May 2012) meeting last May.

SHAN Journalist Code of Conduct

SHAN Journalist Code of Conduct

Recently, Burma has witnessed a number of incidents involving hate speech, including communal violence, and incitement of discrimination. Hate speech and prejudice constitute a sensitive issue for Burma as the country is multicultural and pluralistic society. It is crucial that to prevent and avoid more hatred and violence, while Burma is at the turning point of moving forward with the peace process, trust building and national reconciliation. Accordingly, SHAN will adhere to the following principles:

Peacemakers need to work fast and furious

Peacemakers need to work fast and furious

Following the 6th meeting between Naypyitaw’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic armies’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), Lt-Gen Myint Soe, head of the Burma Army’s Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) #2, reportedly told the media the long-awaited Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) could be signed by 1 August.

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