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

Challenges in teaching ethnic language in Burma

In October 2016, more than 5,000 people took to the streets of Namkham, northern Shan State, when the township’s education officials failed to pay ministry-allocated stipends to ethnic language teachers.

Two-tier administration and two-pronged approach lead to failed peace process

The two most crucial issues that would definitely be carried into the year 2017 are the conflict between the Rohingya – the government proposed term is “Muslims from Rakhein State” and Military or Tatmadaw, including Arakan nationalist labeled them “Bengali” – and  the conflict between the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) and the Military.

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.

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