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Re: "Can non-Burma Unite?, SHAN, 19 July 2013

My answer to this question is of course, they can, and they must if they are to survive. But, if they should leave it any longer, it will be too late and they will lose everything. Some superpower, like the UK seems to be legitimizing and accepting the Burmese dictatorial army as the legitimate army of Burma, instead of treating it as the enemy of the people, and perpetrator of heinous human rights violations against the citizens, since 1962 until now.


'Online Media in Burma Today' forum, Thursday 11 July at Chiang Mai University

'Online Media in Burma Today' forum, Thursday 11 July at Chiang Mai University

The Best Friend will be co-presenting an extremely timely forum and discussion at Chiang Mai University. Online Media in Burma Today will bring together Burmese journalists, cyber security experts, academics, and community members to discuss issues and challenges related to information access, freedom of expression, and online censorship and surveillance. We hope that you will be able to attend and join the discussion.

Burma Army shows contempt of Buddhism during latest attacks in Shan State

July 2, 2013

Media release from the Shan Human Rights Foundation

During attacks last week violating the ceasefire with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), the Burma Army shelled a Buddhist temple in central Shan State, displacing dozens of monks, and turned the temple into a military base.

First International Seminar of Tai Yai Studies successfully held in Mae Hong Son

Northern Thai News 87 – 02.07.2013 by Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai

Hosted by the Tai Yai Studies Center of Mae Hong Son Community College, the very first and two-day international seminar of Tai Yai Studies was successfully held in Mae Hong Son on June 29-30, 2013 in collaboration with the Center of Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.

Newsletter: Burmese art exhibition closing party + film screening added!

Dear Members and Supporters,

We have now reached the final week of our art exhibit "Borderline: Expression from the Thai-Burma Border", co-presented by The Best Friend and Borderline Collective at Sangdee Gallery in Chiang Mai. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the exhibit, or if you would like to take another look, you are encouraged to do so during the next few days. The last day of the exhibition will be this Thursday, 27 June.

Thai-Myanmar border checkpoints to upgrade

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (17.06.2013)

Mae Hong Son officials are pushing forward a plan to upgrade its Ban Huai Ton Nun checkpoint with Myanmar to become a permanent border crossing in order to boost trade and transport.

The Kaladan Project updated

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (11.06.2013)

The multi-million dollar Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project - slated for completion in 2015 - will see the construction of a combined inland waterway and highway transportation system connecting Mizoram State in Northeast India with a Bay of Bengal deepsea port at Sittwe, Rakhain State in Western Burma. The Project, classified as development aid to Myanmar, is a cornerstone of India's "Look East Policy" aimed at expanding Indian economic and political influence in Southeast Asia. It is currently being constructed in Rakhain and Chin States - Myanmar's least-developed and most poverty-prone states - where improved infrastructure is badly needed. Yet it remains an open question whether the Kaladan Project will be implemented in a way that ensures the people living along the project route are the principal beneficiaries of this large-scale infrastructure development.

Myanmar unveiled its Tourism Master Plan

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (10.06.2013)

During this year’s World Economic Forum in NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR on 5 June 2013, the quasi-civil Government of Myanmar, alongside the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Norway, unveiled a Tourism Master Plan, which outlines 38 development projects valued at nearly a half billion dollars that will help increase Myanmar’s tourism competitiveness, protect environmentally important areas, and safeguard ethnic communities.

'Burma in the Spotlight' -- only 5 days 'til the big event!

Dear Best Friend Members and Supporters,

Our gala fundraising benefit evening, Burma in the Spotlight, is now only five days away! All of our staff and volunteers are working madly in these final few days to ensure all of the wonderful pieces are in place. We are confident that this will be an amazing evening to remember, all in support of a great cause: The Best Friend Library in Chiang Mai, our new library and Green Training Program in Shan State, and our 'Compassionate Care' projects supporting the medical needs of refugees and migrants from Burma who have experienced extraordinary difficulties, including Chaa Nay Choo and Sai Khong Naitun.

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