• 12 June 2014
    npaDisplacement Solutions, group commissioned by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), publishes report ‘Do No Harm’ on land rights and mine action in Burma. It says Myanmar Mine Action Center (MMAC) is about to be formed under the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC). The report warms  if managed poorly or carried out purely on a technical basis without taking land rights questions into account, de-mining can re-ignite or create new land conflicts. It set forth two key sets of proposals for generating land rights-sensitive mine action. (Statement)

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Third party mediation would help move the process forward

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: Third party mediation would help move the process forward

The latest round of ceasefire talks, known as Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), held from 22 to 26 September for five days came to an end without any significant agreement being reached. The irony is that t...

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 8

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 8

Day Eight. Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Today is my last day in UK. Friends say I should stay longer. But I have my own idea about this: It’s better to understay than overstay and get fed up by them. It’s the ...

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 7

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 7

Day Seven. Monday, 16 September 2014

This is the day I learn two things:

  • One, that London traffic is as bad as that of Bangkok. A young friend who is to pick me up at 10:30 arrives a...
Self administrated zones in Shan State re-organized

Self administrated zones in Shan State re-organized

The 55 townships in Shan State that used to form 12 districts have recently been re-organized as 13, in accordance with the 2008 constitution, according to a report coming from Tau...

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 6

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 6

Day Six. Sunday, 14 September 2014

The next morning we listen to Jonathan Saha speaking about corruption in colonial Burma, and leave for London afterward via Hastings where William...

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: A “Devo-max” to resolve ethnic conflict needed

BURMA PEACE PROCESS: A “Devo-max” to resolve ethnic conflict needed

The latest round of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) has again started on the 22 September and is scheduled to last for five days, according to the media.

Mixed signals have bee...

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 5

To the land of the ‘enchanting mistress’ - Day 5

Day Five. Saturday,13 September 2014

I have never known that the Shans’ Underworld is strikingly similar to that of the Greeks. And that, like it, I need to have some coins when I...

 

A tale for our times

A parable about two mythical kingdoms offers lessons in how to create a cycle of non-violence

To many of us, today’s world must seem one in which violence is the first resort used to register a protest, settle disputes or particularly, to wage a war...

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Myanmar/Burma: Armed Groups, Contested Legitimacy and Political Transition

Myanmar/Burma: Armed Groups, Contested Legitimacy and Political  Transition

Catalyst for change

The following presentation is delivered by Harn Younghwe, Brussels-based Euro Burma Office (EBO), at the Conference on National Dialogue and Mediation Processes held in Helsinki in March 2014 - Editor

Legitimacy is the key challenge f...

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Weekly Wrap-up, No.648 (12-19 October 2013)

Weekly Wrap-up, No.648 (12-19 October 2013)
  • BOMB BLASTS SHAKE BURMA!
  • MILITARY CHIEF IN CHINA BEFORE LAIZA SUMMIT!
  • CORRECT NUMBER OF SLAVES IN BURMA, 60 MILLION!
  • MP CALLS ON BA, SSA TO STOP FIGHTING!
  • HOMAGE TO SEIN WIN!
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Burmese migrant workers mark May Day in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers mark May Day in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI-May 6. Hundreds of Burmese migrant workers marked May Day in Chiang Mai on May 1, 2014, celebrated worldwide to honor workers. Labor organizations, including the Migrant Workers Federation (MWF), Worker Solidarity Association (WSA), and Mi...

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The Peace Process: Dangerous quotes

The Peace Process: Dangerous quotes

Some sayings and quotations are easier said than done. Like the one quoted from the late Nelson Mandela by the Burma News International (BNI) in its Deciphering Burma’s peace process 2014:

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work w...

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