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Burma's ethnic states await outcome of Scottish referendum

Burma's ethnic states await outcome of Scottish referendum

Scotland Decides for Independence or Better together

Scotland decides for “Yes Independence” or “No, thanks we are better together”. The Ethnic States in Burma, the Kachin and the Shan States are waiting interestingly to see the outcome of this referendum.

 

Scottish Independence Referendum: What Burma could learn from it

News media are filled with pros and cons opinions on the Scotland's independence referendum. But the arguments boils down to just two crucial points. While the pro-independence crowd has argued that an independent Scotland would be able to exercise democracy, rights of self-determination, with full political decision-making power as a nation, the status quo or pro-union camp has argued that the union has lasted over 300 years for one reason: because it works; and why throw away the security and benefits of staying with the United Kingdom.

Putao: Myanmar’s treasure house of ethnic diversity

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (14.08.2014)

Nearly every traveler to Thailand knows the “Golden Triangle”, where Myanmar, Lao PDR and the Kingdom of Thailand border together. Geographically, this is an area that widely reaches into the Shan State of Myanmar, includes the provinces of Northern Laos such as Luang Nam Tha and Phong Sali and also comprises the whole of Northern Thailand with Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai und Nan. This is the home of the hill tribes, which traditionally produced opium and practiced shifting cultivation.

The UNFC: A “Non-partisan” view

The UNFC: A “Non-partisan” view

If what was published by SHAN on Wednesday, 3 September, voiced a pessimistic view on the 12 armed organizations’ alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the article which followed on the next an optimistic one on it, what I’m going to write here offers a realistic once-over, according to a UNFC member who considers himself a non-partisan in the controversy that arose between the UNFC and the Karen National Union (KNU) that has suspended its membership in the 3 year old pact.

KNU leaves UNFC to it: One side of the story

KNU leaves UNFC to it: One side of the story

As the famous saying goes: “There are three sides to a story: Your side, my side and the truth,” the following is the Karen National Union (KNU) leadership’s version given on 1 September 2014 on the disaster that befell the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), which could very well alter the leverage that it has been enjoying in the peace process.

UNFC crisis, ethnic-democratic alliance meet and Commander-in-Chief hard-line stance

UNFC crisis, ethnic-democratic alliance meet and Commander-in-Chief hard-line stance

Ever since the confidential memo from United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Foreign Department was distributed, in early August, among the UNFC circle, and some trusted individuals, disgruntled and critical remarks were making the rounds, specifically stemming from quarters like Karen National Union (KNU) and Chin National Front (CNF).

Will the Foreign Policy Success of Obama place Burma in the Proxy Hot War?

Will the Foreign Policy Success of Obama place Burma in the Proxy Hot War?

President’s Obama’s foreign policy struggles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine and most of the Middle East, not to mention Ukraine and the Pacific rim nations is a cause for “a palpable sense of disappointment on the world stage as well.[1] Having failed elsewhere in the world, Obama finds his foreign policy assailed by critics, and his legacy on the global stage in doubt. [2] Details of Secretary of State John Kerry’s talks with both Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, were kept Hush even though Kerry offered a slightly more critical assessment in remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu following his trip to Burma, with the remark that in the end the leadership will have to make the critical choices.[3]

To Hopeland and Back - Day 4 and 5

Day Four. Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Unlike most Shans, I’m not a lover of festivities. Some may say that’s because I’m only three-quarter Shan. The remaining one-quarter is Chinese from my father’s side.

To Hopeland and Back - Day 3

To Hopeland and Back - Day 3

Day Three. Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue, which I have been chosen to escort, is not, as some believe, an affiliate of the MPC. Neither is it serving under the UNFC or the NCCT. (The UNFC now has its own research establishment, Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center (ENAC). In fact, it is not subordinate to any organization, even though it is funded by the Euro Burma Office (EBO) headed by Harn Yawnghwe, who has earned both loyal friends and bitter enemies throughout his politically active 26 years career.

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