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As the International Community Turns Away, World-wide Karen Solidarity is Needed in Karen State

By Saw Greh Moo* Since the beginning of the coup, some KNU’s military brigades, especially Brigade 1 and 5, openly sided with anti-coup protestors and engaged in intense fighting with the Burma Army. As a result, fighting between the KNU and Burma Army’s troops was confined to these Brigades. Since recent developments all KNU’s seven Brigades and districts have experienced…

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Commemorate Karen Martyrs’ Day with Honor – Fallen Heroes Deserve It

By Saw Lahkbaw* Karen Martyrs Day is not a day to be celebrated with light-hearted activities. It is a day of mourning and honoring our martyrs. Celebrations not acknowledging the services and sacrifices of our martyrs is disrespectful. Celebrations without taking the time to remember what our fallen died for is an inadequate response. Karen Martyrs Day is a day…

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It’s Not Okay to Make Jokes About the Targeting of an Ethnic Group

By Myra Dahgaypaw* There’s an undercurrent of woman-hating in the term but I’m not one to engage in too much cancel culture. That said, Foreign Policy Deputy Editor James Palmer might want to rethink his recent “Karen” jokes as they relate to recent atrocities committed against the Karen people, an ethnic group in Burma, of which I happen to be…

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THE KAREN REVOLUTION NEEDS FRESH BLOOD

By Saw Lahkbaw* Revolution rejects the existing order. It is a struggle with forces to bring fundamental changes. With disgust, the people revolt against a privileged few that causes hardship, miseries and shame to the rest. It is a salvation of human dignity. Painful as it may be, revolution is for a better future — for a new society. The…

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Note to Leaders: The Karen Revolution is not for Sale

By Saw Greh Moo* In more than seven decades of armed struggle, tens of thousands of Karen people, both freedom fighters and civilians, sacrificed their lives and thousands more maimed and crippled fighting for freedom and equality. The price has been high and difficult to swallow, but no struggle for freedom has ever been cheap or easy. Throughout the revolutionary…

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Myanmar’s Potential Solution Within

*By Saw Kapi By March 16, 2021, more than 180 citizens of Myanmar have been killed by the security forces and ten times the number remained in detention. The protests against the coup continue both during the days and nights as well. It has become quite obvious that “watching and worrying” strategy by the international community is obviously not working.…

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International Community Must Commit to Reversing Myanmar’s Military Coup

By *BO KYI, 25 February 2021 The coup in Myanmar needs legitimacy to succeed. On Feb. 1 the military overthrew the democratically elected government and then formed its so-called State Administrative Council. In response, the public response could not have been more unanimous. Millions from different backgrounds are joining the civil disobedience movement and refusing to work while this regime…

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International Human Rights Day: The Voices of Refugee and Displaced Women in Myanmar Must be Listened To and Not Forgotten

*By Myra Dahgaypaw and Maggi Quadrini An entangled political situation has driven internal civil war to the outer regions of the country’s vast and densely populated ethnic states for nearly seven decades. Despite the mass human rights violations that have forced civilians in Burma to flee to monasteries, churches and places of solace to seek refuge, including the borders of…

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Analysis of the Election Results in Karen State

While many objective factors put ethnic parties at a severe disadvantage such as the campaign restrictions imposed by covid- 19, but in Karen State, the lack of unity between ethnic Karen parties and failure to form any kind of tactical merger of coalition clearly lost them a good number of seats. By contrast, the most successful merger of different parties…

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Karen Revolution Desperately in Need of a Reality Check

By Laeyudra Greely* For the past few decades, after the birth of the Karen revolution and its founders’ failure to accomplish its sole purpose of securing the sovereignty of Kawthoolei within their lifetime, there has been little progress, if any at all. With the Karen plight so prolonged to the point where it became the world’s longest ongoing conflict, the…

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