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  • Burma: Will the Myitsone Dam project resume?

    By Sep 10, 2013

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    In this photo taken on Dec. 7, 2009, the Irrawaddy River runs through Kachin State, northern Burma. The country's President Thein Sein called Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 for a halt to construction of a controversial Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam on the river in the state (Photo: Khin Maung Win / AP)

    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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    Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes during Myanmar’s 68th anniversary celebrations of Armed Forces Day, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Speaking to thousands of troops at the annual Armed Forces Day celebration, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the military must strengthen its capabilities with modern weaponry and training. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    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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    Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham meets with towns elders at Aung Mingala Hall in Hsenwi Township in Shan State (North) on 26 August, 2013. (Pho: President Office Website)

    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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    Villagers harvest opium in Burma's Shan State. Pic: AP.

    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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    Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

    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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    Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi asks a question during a regular session of the parliament at Myanmar Lower House on 25 July, 2012, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    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

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