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Top Wa leader visits Thai border
Bao Youri, elder brother of Wa supreme leader Bao Youxiang, was on a 4-day visit to Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai, last week, according to border sources.
Weekly Diary, No. 328 (15 – 21 November 2008)
Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Opposition heavyweights attending the consultation meeting hosted recently by the Chiangmai-based National Reconciliation Programme(NRP) had roundly rejected the 2010 general elections being planned by Burma’s ruling military junta.
The big problem inside the Federal Union of Burma
The perspectives of Col. Yawd Serk
Wa: No exportation to Thailand
A reliable source close to the United Wa State Army (UWSA) says the group has stopped export of drugs into Thailand.
Shan migrant workers: We won’t accept junta issued passports
The Chiangmai based Workers Solidarity Association (WSA) will not accept new identifications called passport documents due to be offered by Burma’s ruling military junta, according to a senior member of the group.
Weekly Diary, No. 327 (8 – 14 November 2008)
Villagers forced to porter during junta campaign against rebels
Burma army units active in areas of Mongkeung township, southern Shan State, has been forcing many villagers to porter and guide them during the recent operations against the Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to sources.
Junta military builds up more forces and weapons on the Thai-Burma border
Burma army continued build-up of more forces and weapons along the Thai-Burma border where the Shan State Army (SSA-South) and United Wa State Army (UWSA) are strongly active, according to reliable sources.
Mongla to consider setting up party
The National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), better known as Mongla group for its main base on the Sino-Burma opposite Daluo, has agreed to consider the junta proposal to form a political party to contest the 2010 elections, according to a reliable source from the Thai-Burma border.
Time on his hands
The following story about an American journalist who went across the border to interview a Shan resistance leader and got stranded in Shan State is contributed by an American resident in Thailand. Comments are most welcome. If anything he writes offends you, do remember it’s only a fictional story – Editor
Keng Tung-Taunggyi vehicles extorted of millions to repair road damages
For many years, damaged roads between Keng Tung, eastern Shan State and Taunggyi, capital Shan State, are still being neglected by the junta to repair and trucks bound for Keng Tung-Taunggyi, were taxed to pay millions until now, according to sources.
SEAPA: Reason to celebrate
It certainly has. Even Surin Pitsuwan, the new Asean chief, who was present at its birth on 8 November 1998 at Bangkok’s Dusit Hotel, conceded that he hadn’t expected the region’s one and only media union to have lasted this long.
SAO HARN YAWNGHWE, THE LAST GENERATION OF A TAI SAO FA WHO STRUGGLES TO RESTORE SHAN STATE BY DEMOCRATIC MEANS
I find below published article on the interview of Harn by Thai Mathichon Press interesting reading. I translated it into English Version and reviewed by my guidance the best possible in trying to reproduce the meaning of the Thai expressions. Hope it be useful.
Weekly Diary, No. 326 (1 – 7 October 2008)
Shan group offers assistance to Shan migrants in Malaysia
Despite numerous difficulties, the Shan Refugee Organization (SRO) based in Malaysia has been struggling to assist Shan refugees who are suffering consequences of the lack of status in Malaysia, according to the leader of the group, Sai Lao Hseng.
Weekend at Chiangmai’s Burmese temple
I’ve been in and out of Thailand for more than 37 years now, that is more than half of my life. But this was the first time I had set foot inside its grounds.
Obama : President-Elect of the U.S. and his Campaign Promises
As has been expected Obama won the 2008 presidential election. It is all the more spectacular and even astonishing, given that the White House built by the labour of African slaves for more than 200 years ago is about to be occupied by Obama, who is half African and half American.
Imprisoned Shan politician in need of health treatment
A member of New Generation Shan State (NGSS) U Tun Nyo, who was sentenced to 79 year jail on 3 November 2005 along with other elected Shan leaders in desperately in need of health treatment, according to reliable sources.
Shan Diary, Issue No.22, October 2008
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