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GAB: The power behind the throne

GAB: 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.

Peace Process in Burma: Beware of new Cold War

Peace Process in Burma: Beware of new Cold War

Call it KMT aggression. Or call it War on Drugs, if you like. Or both. But the 40 year war between successive Burmese governments and their people from 1949 to 1989 when the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) was overthrown by its Kokang, Wa and Mongla forces, wars also part of the Cold War that was fought between the world’s superpowers.

The curse of Shan unity/disunity

The curse of Shan unity/disunity

Last 9 April, 3,663 Shan monks together with elders from 52 townships in Shan State sent a signed appeal to 4 major Shan movements – 2 of which are political parties and the other 2 armed groups – urging them to merge into one single party and one single army.

The way to peace: Practise what The Buddha preaches

The way to peace: Practise what The Buddha preaches

The 16th of April is regarded as the New Year for most of the people of Burma who are Buddhists, although Buddhist scriptures have not mentioned April as New Year. Indeed, for real Buddhists, the New Year begins with the end of the Full Moon Day of the Kasone (The 6th Lunar Month for Shans) that falls either in May or June, when the Buddha passed away into Nirvana.

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