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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.

2008 constitution and Wa call for statehood

2008 constitution and Wa call for statehood

If Wa wants a separate from the Shans, it is not by antagonizing them, but by waging a charm offensive, according to the military-drawn constitution.

The Wa, together with PaO, Palaung, Kokang and Danu, has been granted a Self Administered statues with 6 townships in Shan State, of which 4: Pangwai, Mongmai, Napharn, and Panghsang (Pangkham) are under the control of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and 2 (Hopang and Markmang) under the Burma Army.

Naypyitaw makes latest proposal tantalizing

Naypyitaw makes latest proposal tantalizing

 

Call it whatever you like, “a big bait” or “a real change of heart”, but the government’s latest Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) draft, reportedly drawn up by the military is a long way off from its hang-tough original that was dished out to the armed resistance movements (ARMs) last November, according to some of its excerpts that recently came to SHAN.

President’s Myitkyina speech needs support especially from the Army

President’s Myitkyina speech needs support especially from the Army

 

 

Last Sunday, 16 March, President Thein Sein made an unprecedented visit to Myitkyina, capital of the Kachin State. Unprecedented because he was accompanied by the defense chief Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, who was with him when he delivered his address to the Kachin Baptist Federation.

The peace process: One/Single Text negotiation

The peace process: One/Single Text negotiation

One of the good news that came out of the latest meeting between the Armed Resistance Movements (ARMs)’s Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and Naypyitaw’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC), 9-10 March, was that the “one text” also known as “single text” negotiating technique would be reactivated.

Burma’s peace process: No time to lose

Burma’s peace process: No time to lose

As Sao Aung Myat, the Chief Minister of the Shan State Government, has mentioned earlier (on 4 March 2014), there are altogether 14 armed resistance movements (ARMs) that have concluded ceasefires with Naypyitaw.

Shans watching Scotland’s referendum

Shans watching Scotland’s referendum

When Shans think about Scotland, 3 men come into mind:

The first is William Wallace (with the face of Mel Gibson, who played him in the Oscar winning Braveheart in 1995) whose 13th century revolt against the British beat the path for Scottish rebels who followed him later.

Shan State Day or Shan National Day?

Shan State Day or Shan National Day?

It is just like the debate on Burma and Myanmar:

On the one hand are those who follow the official line and those who believe 'Shan Nation/National' means only Shans, who insist 7 February should be Shan State Day, that speaks for all Indigenous peoples in the state, which includes, apart from the majority Shans, PaO, Palaung, Wa, Kachin, Lahu Akha, Kayan, Danu, Intha, Kokang etc.

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