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56 STORIES IN OPINION

Bogalay Massacres Should be Investigated and Commemorated

October 29, 2017  •  Author: Mark Farmner

This month another forgotten anniversary is passing by without official acknowledgement. The 8th of August 1988 is remembered for the nationwide protests and crackdown which followed. Troops opened fire on civilians, estimates put the number of people killed at more than thr... Read more ►

INTERVIEW: Karen Community Leader in Sweden Urges Refugees to Invest Hope in the Next Generation

August 17, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Many Karen refugees from camps along the Thai-Burma border have been resettled in Sweden since 2005 under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s resettlement program. Karen News spoke* with Naw Thida Naing, chair of the Karen Swedish Community, at the ... Read more ►

HAVE YOUR SAY: Ethnic Health Organization Call for Cooperation, Recognition and Equality

August 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Saw Nay Htoo, director of the Burma Medical Association explains why its important ethnic health organizations should be providers of healthcare services to ethnic communities. He points out that Burma is a country where government ... Read more ►

Karen Leader – Union Peace Conference 21st Century Pinlong Falls Short – Gives Ethnic Armed Organizations Little, But Lets Military Dominate

July 6, 2017  •  Author: Naw Zipporah Sein

Naw Zipporeah Sein, has spent the last four years negotiating with the Burma government as a key member and Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union. Ms Sein recently took the time to analyze the Union Peace Conference that was held from 24 to 29 May, 2017 in the country... Read more ►

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Canadian Visit Exposes Media Blind Spots in Reporting Burma

June 15, 2017  •  Author: Saw Lay Khu Wah

Anyone working for social justice in Burma should be disappointed by the mainstream media’s coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Canada last week. Given ongoing military abuses throughout Burma’s ethnic regions, it was frustrating to see headlines focusing a... Read more ►

ALP ‘doesn’t expect a good outcome’ from the Panglong meet: Interview

May 30, 2017  •  Author:

The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and its armed wing, the Arakan Liberation Army, signed a preliminary ceasefire with the Rakhine State government in April 2012 before joining seven other ethnic armed groups in inking the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in October 2015.... Read more ►

Peace Without Unity: The Challenge of Peace and Forging Karen Unity Post-KNU Congress

April 13, 2017  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo

On April 7, the highly anticipated 16th KNU Congress came to an end with the election of a new leadership to drive the organization for the next four years. Unlike many past congresses, the 16th KNU Congress attracted enormous interest from Burma watchers and from the Karen ... Read more ►

Ethnic Alliance Battles to Combat Burma’s Military’s Divide and Rule Strategy and the International Community’s Indifference…

February 3, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Twan Zaw, the United Nationalities Federal Council’s Joint General Secretary (1) and general secretary of Arakan National Council, discusses the importance of ethnic unity as Burma Army offensives continue to batter villagers in t... Read more ►

Professor Desmond Ball – 1946 to 2016 – “His memory will remain with us forever…”

October 28, 2016  •  Author: Cameron Hawker

The death of Professor Desmond Ball witnessed a surge of respectful and reverent obituaries and comment on social media, in newspapers, radio and television. His life’s work was lauded by many people who knew the significance of his work or who Des Ball had helped in some ... Read more ►

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 ►

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