Ethnic leader: Unless charter is amended, ethnic identity will be in peril

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 | S.H.A.N

Hkun Okker, Chairman of the PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO), speaking at the closing ceremony of the 11th batch of the Shan State Social Justice Education Programme training on Sunday, 29 January, said the identities of Burma’s multi-ethnic peoples hang in the balance as long as the country’s latest constitution which is “of the military, by the military, for the military” is not amended or jettisoned.

As doors open, businesses face a formidable frontier

Published: 29/01/2012 Bangkok Post

The civilian government is coming out of decades of isolation, but along with a wealth of opportunities investors are faced with several challenges in overcoming the rot of military rule.

ပအိုဝ္း PNLO ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ေရြးၿပီး၊ ေဆြးေႏြးရက္ မသိရေသး

By ကိုဝိုင္း | ဇန္နဝါရီလ ၂၇ ရက္ ၂၀၁၂ ခုႏွစ္ | မဇၥ်ိမ

ခ်င္းမိုင္ (မဇၥ်ိမ) ။        ။ ပအိုဝ္းအမ်ဳိးသား လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ PNLO က အစိုးရႏွင့္ ေဆြးေႏြးရန္ အဖြဲ႔ဝင္ ၅ ဦးပါသည့္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းအဖြဲ႔ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားရွိေၾကာင္း ဥကၠ႒ ဗိုလ္မႉးႀကီး ခြန္ဥကၠာက ေျပာသည္။

Jailed Karen Leader Facing Trial Again

By ZARNI MANN | Friday, January 27, 2012 | The Irrawaddy

Despite hints that he would be released as a goodwill gesture, detained Karen National Union (KNU) leader Mahn Nyein Maung is facing trial and a possible sentence of life imprisonment or execution, according to his lawyer.

IMAGINE - The Burmese Regime Swindling the European Union

By Kanbawza Win | January 26, 2012

As a person who had worked at the European Union in Brussels, came as a shock to hear that the Foreign Affairs Council of the E U had adopted conclusions in favour of the current situation in Burma and is suspending the visa ban to prepare the ground for a further significant relaxation of sanctions when they are due for renewal in April.. Even though there are unprecedented causes for optimism, and changes for the better should be positively encouraged, one must harbour the benefit of doubt given the track record of Junta in lying to the international community. There have been many false dawns in the past and we are afraid that the West especially EU might tend to follow the Constructive Engagement used by the Asian countries to prolong the Junta backed administration.

ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးဓါတ္အားေပးစီမံကိန္းမ်ား ရပ္ဆိုင္းေပးရန္ တိုင္းရင္းသားအဖြဲ႕မ်ားက ေတာင္းဆို

By ဗိုဟိန္ (ေရႊျမစ္ခ) | Myit Makha Mediagroup on 25 Jan, 2012

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရွိ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသံုးလွ်ပ္စစ္ဓါတ္အားေပး စက္ရံုစီမံကိန္းအားလံုး ရပ္ဆိုင္းေပးရန္အတြက္ ပအို၀္းလူငယ္အစည္းအရံုးႏွင္႔ ရွမ္းသဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္အဖြဲ႕အစည္းတို႔မွ ဇန္န၀ါရီလ(၂၄)ရက္ေန႔က ေၾကျငာခ်က္ တစ္ေစာင္ထုတ္၍ ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ႔ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

Environmentalists call for full moratorium on coal-fired power plants in Burma

Press release from Pa-Oh Youth Organization and Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization
January 24, 2012
Environmentalists call for full moratorium on coal-fired power plants in Burma
Decision on Dawei coal plant only first step toward clean energy
Enivornmentalists today are calling for a full moratorium on all existing and planned coal-fired power plants in Burma following the announcement earlier this month canceling the proposed 4,000 Megawatt coal-fired power plant in Dawei.

Myanmarnization of the Ethnic Nationalities: The betrayal of the Ideals of Bogyoke Aung San

By Kanbawza Win | January 23, 2012

When the Panglong Agreement was signed in 1947 the Shan, Chin and Kachin want to speed up their own search for freedom together with the Myanmar brothers based on the principle of equality mutual trans and recognition and not to integrate their societies and their lands into the Myanmar Buddhist society or the Myanmar kingdom.[1] Here the concept of coming together means coming in difference and not one being merge into another.

Burma’s Ethnic Nationalities Grievances

By Kanbawza Win | January 21, 2012

Now Bo Khin Nyunt (I just call him “Bo” meaning captain in Burmese because he was just a captain that used to come and stand at my table when he was serving as PA to Col Tint Swe attached to the Prime Minister Office when I was the Foreign Affairs Secretary to the first Prime Minister Brigadier of Socialist Burma, Brigadier General Sein Win way back in 1974-77) the former much feared spy chief and the Junta’s Prime Minister, the main architect of the illogical road to democracy has spoken that, all the ethnic armed nationalities groups are very honest and truthful.

In exclusive interview, Burmese leader says lasting reform is coming

By William Wan, January 19, 2012 | Washington Post

Burma’s president sketched a vision of gradual progress toward democracy for his isolated and authoritarian nation in his first extensive interview with a U.S. journalist, saying that the military will retain a strong role in government even as it welcomes opposition figures into parliament.

“My message is that we are on the right track to democracy,” President Thein Sein said. “Because we are on the right track, we can only move forward, and we don’t have any intention to draw back.”

The Last of the Komissar

By Kanbawza Win | January 19, 2012

Looking at my beloved country I recollect Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last Komissar of the Soviet Union who tried his level best to save the Communist system through long-necessary reforms, as what the Burmese regime is doing now in releasing hundreds of political prisoners. It also catches two birds with a stone in placating the maximum impression on European and American diplomats and "human rights" organizations to lift their punitive sanctions which they so crave in order to legalize their personal wealth. Not that I am predicting that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be the Boris Yektsin of Burma as she has famously put it: "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to It." but because the system of the dictatorial regime is rotting beyond repair and is crumbling. 

Talk and Fight

By Kanbawza Win | January 17, 2012

The quasi civilian administration of Burma, unveil a new technique when La Nan, the joint secretary of the KIO announced that “the KIO’s peace-building committee and the government peace-building committee agreed to meet in Ruili,” while at the same time the Burmese regime is launching an all out war of genocide against the ethnic Kachins, with airborne assault troops and chemical weapons and the fighting has reached the peak of human rights violations to the well known jade mining town of Hphakhant.

Ceasefires Won't Bring Peace

By RIMOND HTOO | Tuesday, January 17, 2012

From the AFPFL government led by U Nu to the SPDC regime led by Than Shwe, successive Burmese governments have cleverly manipulated the ethnic minorities by tricking and lying to them. And it is not going to be any different with Thein Sein’s government.

Preventing Inter-ethnic Unity & Pro Democracy Movement

By Kanbawza Win | January 14, 2012

Even though there was a euphoria over the political prisoners’ release and the US reward it with the raising of the diplomatic relations to the ambassador level one has to take caution that the “Divide and Rule Policy” which the various Burmese administration inherited from the British, has been put to good use by waging an all out war against the Kachin and simultaneously inking the peace deal with Shan, Chin and Karen and the lesser resistance forces. What more it was able to wean away Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD from the pro-democracy Burmese populace and was able to lure the West to give up their punitive actions that will lead to lifting of sanctions while keeping some prisoners hush hush still under lock and key. This whole concept proves the superb diplomacy of the regime. But on the whole the people of Burma and the world are happy.

Myanmar Signs Cease-Fire Deal With Karen Rebels

By The Associated Press | January 12, 2012

Myanmar's government signed a cease-fire agreement Thursday with ethnic Karen rebels in a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West.

A BURMESE PERSPECTIVE: Why should the West Fall into Burmese Trap?

By Kanbawza Win | 09 January 2012

I was contemplating, whether the Burmese regime would be able to deceive the West after tricking its own People? Lamentably I could not find the answer as it seems now. I simply could not comprehend of why the foreign dignitaries believed what their advisers and analysts say when they did not have any idea of what the psyche and rationale of the Burmese generals and its army, not to mention the generals’ thinking. It is rather bewildering to witness influential businessmen and foreign political leaders of the Western World lining up to give a courtesy call to the Burmese regime.

People Support RNDP Plan for Gas Benefits at Rally

1/5/2012 | Narinjara News

Kyauk Pru:People in Kyaukpru, a town at the heart of the Shwe Gas project in Arakan State, showed their support for the RNDP's plan for sharing benefits from the gas projects between the central and regional government, said RNDP Vice-President U Tin Pe, who chaired the rally.

ေဒသခံအား အသိမေပးဘဲ ေျမဧက ေထာင္ေက်ာ္ သိမ္းဆည္းသြားႏိုင္ဟု လူငယ္အဖြဲ႔ကဆို

ေရးသားသူ - ကူးဒူ၊ ေႏွာင္းလႈိင္ 05 ဇန္န၀ါရီလ 2012 | ကႏၱာရ၀တီတုိင္းမ္

ကရင္နီျပည္ လြိဳင္ေကာ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ အေရွ႕ေျမာက္ဘက္ရွိ ပက်ဲရြာေဟာင္းတြင္ ဘိလပ္ေျမစက္ရံု ေဆာက္လုပ္ေရးအတြက္ ကုမၸဏီမွ ေက်းရြာေဒသခံမ်ားအား အသိေပးျခင္း မရွိဘဲေျမယာမ်ား သိမ္းဆည္းသြားႏိုင္သည္ဟု ကရင္နီလူငယ္အဖြဲ႔က ဆိုသည္။

လြဳိင္ေကာ္တြင္ ဘိလပ္ေျမစက္႐ုံေဆာက္ လုပ္ေရး ေျမအသိမ္းခံရႏုိင္

ဇန္န၀ါရီလ ၃  ရက္ ၂၀၁၂။ (ေကအိုင္စီ)

ကရင္နီျပည္နယ္၊ လြိဳင္ေကာ္ၿမိဳ႕အေရွ႕ေျမာက္ဘက္တြင္ ေဒသအေျခစိုက္ စစ္တပ္ႏွင့္ ကုမၸဏီတို႔ ပူးေပါင္းၿပီး ဘိလပ္ေျမစက္႐ုံ တည္ေဆာက္ရန္အတြက္ ထိုေဒသရွိ ေျမဧကမ်ားကို သိမ္းဆည္းရန္ရွိသည္ဟု ေဒသခံမ်ားက ေျပာသည္။

Than Shwe wants to be remember like Kim Jong IL and not Pol Pot

By Kanbawza Win | January 2, 2012

The common denominator of these three men are cruelty, brutality, ruthlessness, and secrecy that had set-up a tyranny which simultaneously oppressed and starved its people to an almost unique degree to sustain their own regime. All of them have directly or indirectly killed from 1-5 to 2 million of its own citizens.