Day Four. Friday, 28 November 2014: Censoring the census results
The provisional census data which came out on 30 August had nothing to say about the “135” national races of the country. In fact, Minister U Khin Yi, who is responsible for the March-April census, had clarified the figure was “just for quoting,” according to a seminar participant, who is involved in the monitoring of the official head count.
Day Four. Friday, 28 November 2014: Land in whose hands?
Is there anything more to learn about land issue, apart from the ongoing land grabbing cycles which is happening not only in Burma but worldwide?
(25 November- 3 December 2014)
Day One. Tuesday, 25 November 2014.
Bus to Mae Sai.
Day Two. Wednessday, 26 November 2014.
By plan to Rangoon.
Day Three. Thursday, 27 November 2014: The Kachin enigma
10 December 2014
Naturally, the first topic that is hotly discussed at length at the “Toward Ethnic Peace in Myanmar,” a seminar organized by Transnational Institute (TNI) on Chatham House rule, is the 105 mm howitzer incident near the Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) stronghold of Laiza that had killed 23 resistance cadets 8 days earlier.
Looking for a suitable mediator could be a very challenging undertaking, especially when there are so many conflict parties and various differing aspirations, not compatible to each other. But nevertheless, we could simplify the conflict spectrum, to give us a clearer picture, if not the problems facing all of us.
Within a time span of a little more than a month, quite a lot of things happened that have dashed the hope of peaceful reconciliation and political settlement. Many are disheartened and have given up all hope that the peace process and constitutional amendment would materialize anytime soon.
With the intention, as many speculated, to show President Obama prior to his last month visit to Burma, that the peace process is not back-sliding but still kicking and alive, Thein Sein called a 14-member round table meeting aimed at easing the accusation of a stalled reform process. The latest Union Parliament passed proposal for a six-partite meeting about constitutional reform, which would include President Thein Sein, speakers Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and an ethnic representative still not yet named. However, it has not yet been accepted by parties proposed by the Parliament.
With the backdrop of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) cadet school shelling by the Burma Army, in Laiza, Nationawide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT) and Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) scheduled December meeting in Thailand, to talk about the talks, on how to proceed with the stalled peace process, since they last met in September, won't be an easy task, with little or no trust left to go on with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) formulation.
According to French fabulist-poet Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695): A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Don’t you think it’s normal in everyone’s life? That the more you try to avoid someone, the likelier you will run into him/her? That the more you try to avert something from happening, chances are it will happen anyway?