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Will Burma’s anti-corruption stance work?

Burma or Myanmar has a big trouble with corruption, which is deeply rooted among its bureaucrats and military elites. It seems to be intertwined with abuses of power and violations of term of office committed by the previous and current authorities.

In keeping with a message dated 20 February to the Parliament sent by President U Thein Sein, a commission is going to be formed to make a start on corruption in the country. The President sent his list of nominees for the committee to the…


Added by Zin Linn on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

Seizing new strategic sites means damaging peace deal!

As most analysts believe, the first nationwide ceasefire talks between 16 ethnic armed groups including the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Government’s Peacemaking Work Committee in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, ended on 5 November…


Added by Zin Linn on November 14, 2013 at 7:39 — No Comments

Burma must be flexible to achieve peace in Kachin State

Peace talks between Unio n Level Peace Making Committee and KIO was held at Shwelion 4 February (Monday), the state-run New Light of Myanmar said today.

The meeting was attended by a six-member team led by Union Ministers Aung Min and Ohn Myint from Union Level Peace-Making Committee along with a five-member team led by Salang Kaba Sumlut Gam, head of Education department and KIA's vice chief of staff General Sumlut Gum Maw from KIO.

In addition, also present at the meeting…


Added by Zin Linn on February 7, 2013 at 3:57 — No Comments

Burma resumes peace talks with KIO in China, along with charter row

The Government of Myanmar (Burma) has welcomed peace gesture proposed in the statement issued by KIO’s Central Committee on February 1, 2013, as per Press Release (6/2013) of its Information Team via the state-run newspapers on 2 February.

GOM said that it has believed the legitimate peace desired by all people can be achieved only through political dialogue. The Government welcomes peace efforts assisted by ethnic ceasefire groups and other organizations in an attempt to support…

Added by Zin Linn on February 7, 2013 at 3:41 — No Comments

Burma Reforms remains fragile due to existing constitution

Do grassroots of Burma believe the changes run by the President Thein Sein Government? To be frank, working-class including farmers go up against the current situation as a change. Actually, the previous military junta has changed their outfits before a social revolution similar to Arab Spring took place.

Concomitantly, the country was under criticism due to its incompetent procedure for current reform. Although the poverty alleviation is one of its reform items, farmers and…


Added by Zin Linn on November 27, 2012 at 16:56 — No Comments

Is peace talk a puzzle of Burma?

Why is peace-process in Burma too difficult to reach its objective? The civil war has broken out together with the country’s independence since 1948. The cost of the civil war pulls Burma down into an abysmal gorge of poverty. Besides, the war caused the nation least developed country. Burma’s admittance to Least Developed Country status by the UN-OHRLLS in 1987 brought to light its economic bankruptcy.

Under British…


Added by Zin Linn on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 — No Comments

Is war in Kachin State a political quagmire of Burma?

As a result of civil war that has taken place for more than six decades has left Burma, one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Burma gained its independence from British colonial rulers in 1948. Unfortunately, the country lost its freedom in 1962 since the military led by the late dictator Gen. Ne Win seized power and smashed all democracy institutions in Burma.

Furthermore, consecutive military regimes slaughtered thousands and thousands of their own citizens…


Added by Zin Linn on July 11, 2012 at 10:56 — No Comments

Burma: Cessation of dam on Irrawaddy uncertain as yet

The Workshop No (3/2011) of the Ministry of Electric Power No (1) on Impact of Hydropower Projects in Irrawaddy basin on Irrawaddy River and natural environment was held at the ministry in Naypyitaw on Saturday.

Union Ministers, deputy ministers, People Parliament and National Parliament representatives, departmental heads, resource persons, entrepreneurs, journalists and guests attended the workshop, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.

Union Minister for Electric…


Added by Zin Linn on September 18, 2011 at 11:17 — 1 Comment

Breaking the deadlock: Burma at a crossroads

Col Sai Htoo, Assistant Secretary General of the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), said the Burmese government’s August 18 peace talks call did not reveal any information concerning preliminary programs at all. At least, he said, it should have focused on clearing the political atmosphere before any meaningful talks begin, according to Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.).

“President Thein Sein should first create an environment conducive to friendly…


Added by Zin Linn on September 1, 2011 at 5:27 — No Comments

River Irrawaddy becomes political factor of Burma

It was notable, the Chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Lanyaw Zawng Hra sent an official letter dated May 16 to Hu Jintao, the President of the People’s Republic of China urging China to stop the controversial Myitsone dam construction on Irrawaddy River in Kachin State, Northern Burma, Kachin News Group (KNG) said on 23 May, 2011.

In the open letter the KIO warned Myitsone and six other hydroelectric power plant projects could lead to civil war between the KIA,…


Added by Zin Linn on August 13, 2011 at 18:04 — 1 Comment

Will Burma’s development projects smash ethnic livelihoods?

A giant construction project managed by an Italian-Thai company has come across a number of major barricades in Karen State, according to Karen News on Tuesday. Villagers say they have not been compensated for the loss of their land and the Karen National Union has stopped it building a highway to Thailand.

The Thai industrial giant behind a controversial deep-sea port project in Burma (Myanmar) said that 10,000 people would have to leave their homes to make way for the development,…


Added by Zin Linn on July 21, 2011 at 1:00 — No Comments

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