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

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 of the Karen National Union (KNU) made the point during the World’s Teachers Day on October 5th in Thay…

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

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, the villagers were informed by officials from the Ministry of Energy and from the cement plant…

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

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 and the Pentagon, where he persuaded them that a limited nuclear war was impossible. Former US President…

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

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” while Burma Army ground troops “advanced on Gidon Post, but they were pushed back by…

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

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 Burma. Under the new agreement between the two countries, travelers who cross the border from…

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Asia World and Shwe Padonmar Companies Sue Returning IDPs for Trespass

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their former villages are being sued for trespass by the Asia World and Shwe Padonmar companies who claim the land was given to them for palm oil plantations. Residents of Kyay Zuu Taw Village in the Hnam Kyal Village Group of Yebyu Township and residents of Ban Mae and Tone Byaw villages in Myeik…

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Fighting ‘directly linked’ to Hat Gyi Dam Project – Claim Karen Leadership

Ongoing military operations by the Burma Army and government militia against DKBA forces are a threat to the peace process, Karen military leaders and community organisations warn. Karen Rivers Watch have blamed the Hat Gyi dam project in Karen State as igniting the latest armed clashes, which have seen thousands of local civilians displaced and fierce running gun battles. Naw…

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KNU Vice Chair Tours Refugee Camps to Brief Refugees on its Peace Process

Representatives of the Karen National Union are holding a series of meetings with refugees at the nine Thai border camps to inform them about the peace process taking place inside the country. The KNU team, led by Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson, held a series of public meetings on September 20 and 21 at Mae La refugee camp, the…

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Armed Conflict Promoting Drug Use in Ethnic Areas

Villagers claim that as a result of the recent armed conflict between the Palaung and Shan armed groups in Kyaukme Township of Shan State has been the increase in drug use and the availability of narcotic drugs for sale are now easier to find. A villager from Mangsat said, “During this month, over half the youth population have used it…

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Burma Army and Its Militia Claim Control Over the Mae Tha Waw to Myaing Gyi Ngu Road

Government troops claim they have now taken control of the Mae Tha Waw area in Karen State following weeks of intense fighting. The fighting was between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and the Burma Army and its militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF). A BGF officer on September 19, claimed that the government has taken control over the road link…

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