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The Nu Jaing, or Salween or Nam Khong River is the Life Force of millions of People in China, Shan State, Karenni, Mon and Karen States

The Nu Jaing, or Salween or Nam Khong River is the Life Force of millions of People in China, Shan State, Karenni, Mon and Karen States

By Sao Noan Oo

“Shan civil society organizations are concerned and are calling the Burmese government to halt dam projects on the Salween and Nam Ma rivers in Shan State. The groups expressed concern that the dam projects are likely to have negative impacts for local people.

 

BURMA'S CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT: One text procedure, trustworthiness, area cleansing & control policy

BURMA'S CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT: One text procedure, trustworthiness, area cleansing & control policy

By: Sai Wansai

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The latest development that the Armed Resistance Movements’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) have resolved to jointly draft a single text document for the nationwide cease-fire proposal ahead of Hpa-an peace talks in Kayin State is a welcome news, after months of delayed progress, which have hindered the overall peace process in general.

Burma Constitutional Debate: Two core crucial points to ponder

Burma Constitutional Debate: Two core crucial points to ponder

By: Sai Wansai
Friday, 28 February 2014

The question of constitutional amendment or rewriting boils down to two crucial points. One is whether the 2008 Constitution really reflects the wish of the people – i.e., all ethnic groups and all social strata – and the second one is whether the implementation of the prescribed political system is an adequate form of governance for Burma.

BURMA: The problem of forging national identity

BURMA: The problem of forging national identity

By: Sai Wansai
Friday, 21 February 2014

First, a common national identity in a multi-ethnic state is one of the most crucial component in a nation-building process.

As all know, the Burmese military prescribed national identity "Myanmar" is not accepted by the non-Bama ethnic groups or nationalities as a common identity, which also belong to them. In other words, "Myanmar, Bama, Burman" are labels only identified with the majority "Bama" and have nothing to do with the non-Bama ethnic groups or nationalities.

Thai crisis: Impact on Tai race

Thai crisis: Impact on Tai race

Last Friday evening, I went for a haircut. My barber, who’s an old friend, started a conversation with me about the move by the Suthep Thaugsuban-led People's Democratic Reform Committee (PRDC) due today. Being an outsider, I kept quiet reminding myself that it’s not my business.

Sigthseeing in Nay Pyi Taw

Swiss journalist Patrick Chappatte, an editorial cartoonist for The International New York Times, visits Myanmar's capital, which was off limits to most foreigners until it staged a grand coming out party for the SEA Games in December 2013. Using the techniques of graphic novels, Chappatte has published more than 20 stories on topics that include the conflict in Gaza, the slums of Nairobi and gang violence in Central America.

The state as a drug addict

Published: 31 Dec 2013 at 00.00
Newspaper section: News

The approaching new year holds a number of landmark experiments that will affect Thailand directly. In two of the 50 states of the USA, marijuana will be sold in stores and used publicly.

Preserving the Shan Identity and Language in the Globalized World: A Personal View

Editor’s Note

The following paper, according to the writer Dr Sao Khun-Hti Laikha, is not to offer a complete, perfect solution but to generate a discussion on the issue. The readers’ comments and suggestions will therefore be much appreciated.

The Tail Cannot Wag the Dog?

Everybody knows that the dog can wag its tail and not vice versa. I can't believe my eyes when I read that ceasefire should come first before political discussions. When all the non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities of Burma fought against the central government dominated by the Myanmar army, only because there is no qenuine political discussion. The crux of the Burmese nationalities all these 60 plus years, the struggle in Burma is horizontal and not vertical as no ethnic will fights against another ethnic, as they gought unanimously against the big bullyt, the Myanmar Tamadaw. If there is political discussions ............

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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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