Tatmadaw’s illusion of sovereignty ownership a catch-22 situation?

Even though the union parliament has rejected the labeling the Northern Alliance – Burma (NA-B), made up of Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA), that have launched an offensive on Tatmadaw or military and police outposts in Muse Township, northern Shan State along the Burma-China border, on 20 December, the Shan State parliament decided to do just that – tagging the NA-B members as terrorist organizations, on 7 December.

TAKING STOCK: The peace process after five years

As the Thein Sein regime initiated peace process, which started out on 17 August 2011, entered into the fifth year and the partially signed Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) a little more than one year old – its first anniversary just celebrated on 15 October 2016 -, many started to wonder, where it is heading and if this noble initiative is really making sense from the point of national reconciliation and state-building, especially in the wake of recent furious armed clashes that has happened along the Burma-China border, around Muse Township, in northern Shan State.

Is Burma ready for civic nationalism?

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first;

Nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), French general and statesman

LABELING UNFC AND NA-B TERRORIST: Ethnic offensive blame game might lead to further conflict polarization

The Burma Army or Tatmadaw hard-line stance vis a vis the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) has never been in doubt. But as the Defense Minister proposed that all the organizations that made up the Northern Alliance-Burma (NA-B) be determined as terrorist establishments and their leaders be considered officially terrorist, the Tatmadaw has gone an extra mile to heighten the conflict and buttress its all-out war of attrition, politically and militarily.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S BRUSSELS VISIT: Reiteration of continued quasi military-civilian rule

Quite a few interesting issues have popped up recently in relation to the ongoing democratization and peaceful reconciliation, such as freedom of press, pending Chinese investment on Myitsone Dam, Aung San Suu Kyi’s Japan visit, human toll because of the physical resistance of the Rohingya Muslim and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s Europe visit, particularly Brussels.

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.

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