Thursday, June 2nd, 2016


The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) had a meeting on 1June in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to discuss ongoing fighting between the SSA and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in northern Shan State.

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Approximately 3,900 people have fled their homes during the month of May 2016 following heightened tensions and outbreaks in conflict between armed groups in northern Shan State, bringing the cumulative total of people newly displaced in 2016 in Shan State to 11,100.

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Over 100 representatives from a range of political parties and civil society organisations in Shan State attended a meeting in Shan State’s capital Taunggyi on 1 June to discuss the upcoming 21st century Panglong Convention.

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The Nationalities Brotherhood Federation (NBF) is urging the inclusion of all registered ethnic political parties in the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference, in accordance with provisions of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signed last October.

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Draft ethnic policies to assist in the upcoming political dialogue were finalised at an ethnic organisations workshop held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 29 and 30 May.

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A child has become the latest victim to face his death due to exposed electric cables on the streets of Rangoon.

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Myanmar has taken steps toward media liberalisation but still has a long way to go before it enjoys a truly free press, according to a sector survey published yesterday.

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Sensitive data held back from the 2014 nationwide census results for over a year will be revealed by August, government officials told The Myanmar Times.

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At one time, the Myanmar Gems Traders Association had €93 million (US$103.9 million) in its bank account. But, now, all that money is gone, and the scandal over where it went is poised to embroil former President Thein Sein.

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President Barack Obama last month renewed executive authority over the United States Treasury Department’s sanctions, with a number of significant changes designed to raise bilateral trade and ease the burden of risk for prospective American investors.

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The politics of alliance has never been defined in its own narrative within the ethnic writer and scholar in modern political literature in English. However, it has been well written in Burmese and other ethnic languages in the country. It is a complex issue to be explored by a non-ethnic writer in depth, to understand its rhetoric and substance due to the hidden agenda of political interests within the ethnic political factions in the country. It is far more complex than a simple word like ‘democracy’. As widely used as it is in modern Burmese political literature, at least the subject is not an isolated matter to many journalists and writers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, regardless of their/our insightful knowledge on the issue.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD)—which weathered over two decades in opposition to military dictatorship, with the death and imprisonment of scores of its members—assumed power at the end of March, after a landslide win in the November general election.

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PP* was waiting for her friends in the busy city of Mandalay on a hot, humid evening in July 2013, when she was snatched from behind by plainclothes police officers and bundled into an unmarked vehicle.

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When she talks about imprisoned Rohingya Muslims, her people, her pretty face changes; her eyes darken, her straight-backed posture grows tense, and her voice grows louder: “The government now deny that we even exist,” she says.

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