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.

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.

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