Villagers Fear DKBA and Government’s Militia Fighting Near Kawkareik Will Result in Displacement

October 19, 2016  •  Author: Ka Hsaw Wah

Soldiers from the breakaway Democratic Karen Buddhist Army clashed with the government militia, the Border Guard Force, in Htee Poe Zan village tract near Kawkareik at noon on October 19. The fighting between the DKBA soldiers and the BGF battalion 1 ... Read more ►


KNU Offers Condolence on the Passing of His Majesty the King

October 14, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union (KNU) executive committee issued a letter of condolence on the passing of His Majesty the King of Thailand. The Karen National Union said it its letter that it was “deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Aduly... Read more ►


Local Governance Needs More Share of the Power for Ethnic Education To have Equality

October 14, 2016  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Despite some educational reform taking place in Burma, ethnic education workers claim that equal opportunity for them will only be possible when the country’s education system is decentralized. Padoh Saw Lah Say, Head of the Karen Education Department, the educational wing... Read more ►


Worried Community Opposes Power Plant Proposed to Run Myaing Galay Cement Plant

October 14, 2016  •  Author: Nan Wai Pyo Zar and Saw Nyunt Thaung

Local residents and community leaders gathered to meet with local press at Zayat Phyu village on October 8, to express their opposition against the proposed coal power plant to supply electricity for the No.2 Myaing Galay cement plant near Hpa-an. On the mid-September 2016, ... Read more ►

Professor Desmond Ball seen on the Thai-Burma border (Photo-Phil Thornton)

VALE DESMOND BALL – 1947 to 2016 – “He stood with the oppressed people of Burma…”

October 12, 2016  •  Author: Phil Thornton

Professor Desmond Ball, academic, military strategist and author of more than 40 books on military intelligence, died today at 3:35pm Australian time. Des work was impressive. He spent time inside US top secret nuclear and command centres, advising the CIA, the White House a... Read more ►


Family sit in front of their home at Mae La refugee camp

Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Jami Campbell

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to ... Read more ►

Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union

We Need To Negotiate A New Agreement

August 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein, Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union, discussed the issues and agreements reached at the ethnic armed organization plenary meeting held from July 26 to 30 in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. Q: Could you... Read more ►


MI24 Burma Army helicopter gunship firing rockets in a Kachin State offensive Decmeber 2012 (Photo: FBR)

Burma Army Uses Jets Against Kachin and Wounded KIA Soldiers Claim Government Forces Using Chemicals in Attacks

October 10, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Free Burma Rangers, a frontline humanitarian organization, released a report detailing the recent use of jet fighters by the Burma Army against the Kachin Independent Army. The FBR said that on October 7 “two Burma Army fighter jets dropped four bombs on Gidon Post”... Read more ►

Mae Sot - Myawaddy border crossing

Myawaddy-Mae Sot Temporary Border Crossing Permit Extended From One to Seven Days

October 7, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Burma and Thai officials have agreed to extend the permit of stay from one day to seven days for people traveling with their temporary border pass between the neighboring countries. The Myawaddy-Mae Sot border gateway is a major crossing for trade routes between Thailand and... Read more ►