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  • Burma: Will the Myitsone Dam project resume?

    By Sep 10, 2013

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    Burma: Will the Myitsone Dam project resume?

    The resumption of the Myitsone hydropower dam project could get the go ahead after Burmese and Chinese leaders urged greater cooperation on the sidelines of the 10th ASEAN-China Expo. During a meeting with Burmese President U Thein Sein on September 3 in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

  • Burma Army leaders call for annihilation of ethnic rebels in Shan State

    By Aug 30, 2013

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    Burma Army leaders call for annihilation of ethnic rebels in Shan State

    The Burmese Army had suffered more than 1,000 casualties from September-December 2012, while fighting against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), a number the Shan Herald Agency for News reported based on a report leaked from the Burma Army’s Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command (NERC). As indicated by Shan News, the information was an excerpt from a

  • Can Burma Vice-President make peace with ethnic rebels?

    By Aug 28, 2013

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    Can Burma Vice-President make peace with ethnic rebels?

    Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, Head of the Union Level Peacemaking Implementation Committee, is going to meet with the Rehabilitation Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Nay Pyi Taw on August 31 for a Peace talk, Eleven Media Group reported. The Union Level Peacemaking Implementation Committee comprises

  • Analysis: The drug problem – An ongoing political challenge in Burma

    By Aug 27, 2013

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    Analysis: The drug problem – An ongoing political challenge in Burma

    Despite an overall ‘stable’ global drug use situation, an increase in Southeast Asia’s markets for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and a continuing rise in opium cultivation pose growing human security and public health challenges, according to a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Report released on 26 June 2013. Afghanistan accounted for 74 per cent

  • Burma needs to value peace talks in Kachin State

    By Aug 27, 2013

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    Burma needs to value peace talks in Kachin State

    Government of Burma and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) or the ethnic Kachin rebels signed a preparatory treaty on 30 May this year that seems to downscale military concerns in Burma’s Kachin state and northern Shan state. Many analysts consider that this preliminary agreement may direct to additional improvement towards accomplishing a peaceful conclusion. The eighth

  • Burma: Constitutional dilemma – revision or drawing a new charter?

    By Aug 23, 2013

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    Burma: Constitutional dilemma – revision or drawing a new charter?

    President Thein Sein’s government has declared itself a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. At present, it has to meet a confrontational challenge so as to show its proper practice regarding constitutional change, which has been called for by various oppositions. As demands for constitutional amendment increased, the Union Parliament of Burma