COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S CHINA VISIT: National interest, brewing proxy war and deterrence

Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s recent China visit, United Wa State Army (UWSA) – National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) military friction or debacle and Burma Army’s withdrawal ultimatum of the UWSA troops from its occupied positions in NDAA territory have been important developments during the past few weeks, which have raised concerns and worries among the stakeholders of the country that are trying to iron out a nationwide peace deal.

UNHCR’S REFUGEE REPATRIATION: A timely undertaking or just a trail and error pilot project?

The 25 October refugee repatriation, involving some seventy refugees, who left Thailand’s Tham Hin and Nu Po camps to return home voluntarily to Yangon (Rangoon), Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) region, Kayin (Karen), Bago, Mon and Rakhine (Arakan) states, is supposed to be a pilot project for further follow up of wider undertakings to resolve the refugee problems that have plagued  the country for decades.

‘Open season’ on land in Karen State, says HRW rep

In light of the release of the report, ‘The Farmer Becomes the Criminal’: Land Confiscation in Burma’s Karen State,” Mizzima talked to Phil Robertson Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch.

NATIONAL-LEVEL POLITICAL DIALOGUE: The eighth UPDJC meeting a step forward?

The much awaited Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting from 28 to 29 October in Naypyitaw was hailed as a step forward in conducting the peace process. But whether this forcefully pushed agenda would really stimulate the ongoing snail-paced movement is the topic that needs more in-depth observation.


As the war in Kachin and Shan States has been going on and off for a few years, with a newly exploded rebellion of the Rohingya in Arakan State, the peace negotiation limps along even though the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has declared that time is running out to end the conflict, attaching rigid time-frame to speed up the process.

IS PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE POSSIBLE? : Mounting offensives against ethnic armies and new violent outburst in Arakan State

Quite a lot of happening have been unfolding during the last few days. But the most outstanding one is the new conflict in Arakan State, between the militant “Rohingya”, that the Burmese government and the Arakan nationalist prefer to dub as “Bengali”, and the government’s security forces. And thus, the previous headline hitting news of the Tatmadaw’s (military) offensives in Kachin, Shan and Karen States, followed by the anti-war demonstrations in Myitkyina and elsewhere were somewhat pushed back to become a back burner.

Ending conflict in Myanmar

Could military reorganisation be the answer?

As we move towards the end of the year, civil war continues to rage across the country especially in Kachin State. Numerous negotiations have taken places but to date, no quantifiable results can be seen.

Is the peace process beginning to collapse?

Air strikes, artillery offensives, thousands of civilians fleeing their homes. This is what's been happening over the last few weeks in northern Myanmar. And it has been happening as Myanmar's new government under the leadership of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been trying so hard to restart a heavily flawed peace process.

Mong Ton Dam issue fast becoming a Shan’s “Alamo”?

“Drowning a Thousand Island” documentary film produced by Action for Shan State Rivers launched on 21 September in Rangoon, Taunggyi, Kengtung and Chaing Mai portrays the forced exodus tragedy of the Kun Hing area, while revealing the unique natural beauty of the “Thousand Island” area along the Pang River tributary of the Salween, which is presently being threatened by plans to build the massive Mong Ton Dam in southern Shan State.

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