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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.

To Hopeland and Back (X) - Day 2

To Hopeland and Back (X) - Day 2

Day Two. Monday 18 August 2014.

It takes us some time to get to MPC because the road is packed with cars big and small, old and new. All of them however possess one common feature: the number plates are all in English. No more are the Burmese characters and numerals. One might say Hopeland has cut ahead of Thailand at least in this respect. Because while motor vehicles in the kingdom have long adopted the Arabic figures, they still retain their Thai characters.

To Hopeland and Back (X)

To Hopeland and Back (X)

Day One. Sunday, 17 August 2014.

The trip begins with the long-awaited but unexpected good news from Rangoon where the armed resistance movements’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) made an announcement on Friday, 15 August, the first day of their latest formal meeting that Naypyitaw had accepted the country should be a federal state. “With the agreement on Federalism, the main obstacle has gone,” one NCCT member was reported as saying. “The rest will be just technical details.”

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: As defining moment nears, concept of federalism looms larger

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: As defining moment nears, concept of federalism looms larger

The latest round of peace talk held from 15 August to 17 August has not been able to thrash out all the differing views between the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC), although it was said to have almost reached all agreement on most points, quite a number of issues still needs to be tackled.

Let us Stage another Saya San Revolution

Let us Stage another Saya San Revolution

More than half a century of military dictatorship to be exact since March 2nd 1962, there have been several sporadic outburst against the ruling Junta starting from 7th July 1962 but the major ones that shakes the government was the 8888 Democracy Uprising and the Saffron Revolution of 2007. The students of 1988 and the monks of 2007 have all made supreme sacrifices for the country and people and now it is the turn of the peasants of Burma to show to the world that they are also nationalists and love the country. With so much land grabbing by the Tatmadaw and the companies owned by the cronies backed by the international companies and multilateral corporations of the West and China, it is time for the peasants and the working people to rise up against this unfair system and demonstrate to the world that Burma is owned by the people of Burma and that the people are the masters of their own fate and maker of their own destiny. The peasants who formed the majority of the population of Burma to be exact more than 70% of the people live in the country side has been a major political force since time immemorial and has a precedent of uprising  in the 1930s.
Saya San(ဆရာစံ) Peasants Uprising

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Rejoicing prematurely or back to the square one?

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Rejoicing prematurely or back to the square one?

Now that the Thein Sein regime has accepted the use of the word “Federal” in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and even vowed to implement it to transform the country into a federal union, it seems the main stumbling block has been removed in its negotiation for a peaceful, political settlement with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT), an umbrella organization of the some 16 ethnic armed groups.

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