Guns


North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as within a week, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported early on Thursday, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.
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In 2016,the question of lifting the on-going arms embargo and related sanctions against the Tatmadaw, as the Burma Army is known, and its civilian cronies will be revisited by Western governments. The fact that the current embargo imposed by the European Union and that has existed since 1998 is set to expire on April 30th makes this inevitable. While in some ways this will be a continuation of a process of lifting political and economic sanctions by these foreign governments that began in 2011 with the transition to quasi-civilian rule and then intensified after the 2012 electoral gains of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
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Police in Mandalay apprehended three ethnic Chin men on Thursday on charges of illegally possessing uranium.
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Ethnic leaders have criticized the five-day Union Peace Conference in Naypyidaw, deeming it mere political posturing by President Thein Sein’s government.
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The morning that everything changed for three young cousins began like almost every other in this quiet community near Myanmar’s border with China. The children were walking down a dirt road in the morning sunshine, chatting as they went, when the tranquility was shattered by a huge blast.
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Myanmar’s war zones, even in areas where a ceasefire is in place, continue to experience the terrors of conflict as landmines riddle jungles and village tracks. The biggest problem about this, no one knows how many or where they are.
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The military’s recent escalation in Shan State has continued its spread into southern Kachin, with local ethnic armed group sources saying they have been subject to air attacks and skirmishes on the ground. (more…)

Members of various ethnic armed groups have congratulated the National League for Democracy (NLD) on its landslide victory in Sunday’s poll, urging the party’s chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi to prioritize peace when the next government assumes office. (more…)

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) yesterday congratulated the National League for Democracy on its victory in the November 8 elections and said it hoped an NLD government, which will only take office next March, would lead the peace process to success and stop all fighting in Myanmar. (more…)

This November, several pro-government militia leaders elected in Burma’s widely discredited 2010 parliamentary poll are seeking a return to office on the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) ticket, a further reminder that guns still very much have a place in the country’s political arena.
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Surrounded by hostile neighbors, Israel has long sought to cultivate allies further afield, including in Asia.

In Burma, which achieved independence from Britain in 1948—the same year Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel—the Jewish state found an understanding ally.
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As part of its multi-pronged strategy to combat insurgency in the North-East, the Indian Government has planned a crackdown on the supply of weapons to militant outfits through Myanmar India Today reported on 23 July. (more…)

The Myanmar Army and Kayin Border Guard Force continued to search on Tuesday for remnants of the Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization (KKO), or Democratic Kayin Benevolent Association (DKBA) in Kayin State’s Kawkareik Township after reopening two roads that had been seized by the ethnic armed group the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 15 July.
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Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighting jets from Pakistan. It will buy 16 jets in the first phase while Pakistan is interested in selling over 2 dozen jets, reported Dunya News on 9 July.
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Five men found carrying drugs and unlicensed arms late last month may face charges of high treason, according to the Mandalay Division Police Force.
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Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing reaffirmed the military’s position that ethnic armed groups should disarm in their pursuit of peace, during a meeting with a Chinese diplomat, according to the military-owned Myawaddy newspaper.
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Unknown assailants have targeted the 105-Mile Trade Zone, a major import-export camp on the Sino-Burmese border near Muse in northern Shan State. No casualties have been reported.
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Locals in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)-controlled town of Laiza are fearful of renewed clashes between government and ethnic forces, after an artillery shell launched by the Burmese army landed close to a boarding school on Thursday afternoon.
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A defendant in a drug trial was abducted from a police van while being transported from Shan State’s Taung Lay Lone Prison from a hearing at the Taunggyi District Court on Tuesday.
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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has begun a series of live-fire exercises close to the Myanmar border: a move that underscores the increasingly fractious relations between the two countries.
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