STAKEHOLDERS BUSY WITH POLITICAL MANEUVERING AS PANGLONG CONFERENCE NEARS: The questions of political will and trust-building

As renewed heavy fighting erupted since almost one month ago, between the Kokang or Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Burma Army or Tatmadaw in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone, in addition to the on and off skirmishes with members of the Northern Alliance-Burma (NAB),  the Chinese Ambassador to Burma, Hong Liang urged all the other non-signatory Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), so that the war along the Burma-China border could be stopped and normalcy returned.

Heal: Do not Wound

The following is a statement by His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo for an End of Violence and Terror in the Country.

SECOND 21st CENTURY PANGLONG: Hurdles, woes and imagination

Even though we have now and then conducted several interviews together in the past on various political issues surrounding Burma, I was very much delighted when U Kyaw Zan Tha from the Voice of America (VOA) called me to discuss on the situation of the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC), as preferred to be addressed by the de facto head of National League for Democracy (NLD) government Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,  but of which the Military or Tatmadaw would like to retain its as Union Peace Conference (UPC), scheduled to take off on February 28.

The peace process: A tale of two wives

On 23 January, the top-level delegation of the signatory EAOs met State Counselor Ms Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the former in the morning and the latter in the afternoon.

The Ethnic State: its territorial boundaries, conflict of governance, legitimacy and constitutional importance to the Union of Myanmar’s federation model in the 21st century

The clash of political interests itself is now part of politics in the modern era. Constitutional legitimacy, processes of governance, and claims to power by force have been in conflict during the reform process in Myanmar, at least over the past six years as they are on display to the world. A dream of ‘cooperative federalism’, a language never fully understood, is widely written in the new Myanmar media. This essay is written as a historical account of the conflict but focuses on a clear understanding of past and present trends of the Karen and Mon armed/political organizations.

In Praise Of The Fallen Hero U Ko Ni: The lawyer with a vision

U Ko Ni, a National League for Democracy (NLD) legal adviser, who was also a patron of the recently formed Myanmar Muslim Lawyers Association, was shot and killed at the Yangon airport on January 29 yesterday upon his return from Indonesia, where he was part of a delegation attending a senior leadership meeting in Jakarta. He was waiting at the taxi station at the airport at around 4:30pm when he was shot in the head and killed.

WAR IN ETHNIC STATES: Is the Tatmadaw waging a just war?

Lately, the military bloc’s supporter, obviously made up of Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) members, former and active soldiers in civil and sympathizers have staged demonstration to support the Military’s or Tatmadaw’s “war of justice” or “just war” in Rangoon (Yangon), Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) and recently in Mandalay. Similar events would also take place in other cities according to the news sources.

AMDP’s Candidate Nai Win Htut

“First priority is to aid development for farmers. I want to develop the technical sector, particularly irrigation for farmers… Second is to prioritize the improvement of ethnic literatures and cultures,” says AMDP’s Candidate Nai Win Htut

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