BBC:Kachin want political solution with Burmese government

shanland.org :Marriage or Divorce? Democracy is the key to answer

by
Henri-André Aye

The Panglong Agreement was an attempt to build a union out of desperate peoples. The agreement was a political marriage, trying to unite the Bamar and the non-Bamar to live together in peace and dignity. It was a marriage of political convenience — but one without love. And the honeymoon was short-lived as communist insurgency, Kuomintang invasion, and ethnic rebellion came knocking on the door.  A marriage without love could last but you can’t expect it to bring much harmony.  It did not work in the past. It does not work at present. It will not work in the future unless the climate of mistrust and animosity can fundamentally change. Otherwise, we should all admit that divorce is the proper answer.

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Wings of the Red Star: Mi-24 Hind!

Army officers linked to Rohingya smuggling

SONGKHLA – Army officers from the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) are alleged to be involved in the smuggling of Rohingya migrants into Thailand, a police investigation has found.

Army commander in chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has confirmed the officers’ involvement to the Bangkok Post Sunday.

A high ranking police source involved in the case said the investigation found the trafficking of Rohingya migrants – mostly from Myanmar’s Rakhine state – to Malaysia via Songkhla had been going on for several years and was under the control of some military officers with ranks from major to colonel.

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Burma Unbound: Photos from a Waking Nation by Adam Ferguson

When I landed in Rangoon for the first time in April 2012 to photograph Burma’s historic parliamentary by-elections, I sped from the airport to my hotel in a rickety but relatively late-model taxi. A spirit of optimism informed my daily interactions. Jovial taxi drivers boasting Aung San Suu Kyi stickers and buttons, reveled in relating the failings of their government and their support for the National League for Democracy — just as any taxi driver might talk about politics in Dublin, London or New Orleans. The people on the street were free to speak. And as a foreign journalist, my cameras were out and working — not hiding — from the streets to the presidential palace. The Burma I encountered seemed vastly different from the relentlessly authoritarian state I’d heard so much about: here, I felt, was a country in vital transition.
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http://lightbox.time.com/2013/01/10/burma-unbound-photos-from-a-waking-nation-by-adam-ferguson/#ixzz2I169j0f8

Kachin rebels: Three civilians killed in Burma army shelling

Kachin rebels say shells fired by the Burmese military at their stronghold of Laiza has killed three civilians.

The deaths are the first reported in the town since since the Burmese army began a new offensive last month, after a 17-year truce with the rebels ended in mid-2011.

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DVB: Burma denies using chemical weapons in Kachin

Burma on Thursday denied accusations it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, where an escalating conflict has overshadowed wider political reforms.

“Our military never uses chemical weapons and we have no intention to use them at all. I think the KIA (Kachin Independence Army) is accusing us wrongly,” presidential spokesman Ye Htut said.

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m-mediagroup.com:ငရမန္ကန္း (သို႔) ရာမန္ခန္း အျငင္းပြားမွဳ႕ကို စမ္းစစ္ေလ့လာျခင္း

ဇန္နဝါရီ ၁၀၊၂၀၁၂
စန္းဦးေအာင္
M-Media

ပေဒသရာဇ္ သက္ဦးဆံပိုင္ ဘုရင္မ်ားေခတ္တြင္ ဘုရင့္မ်ိဳးႏြယ္မဟုတ္ေသာ သာမန္အရပ္သားမ်ားကို “င” တပ္၍ ေခၚဆိုေသာ ဓေလ့ အရ

Nga Ramankan = ငရမန္ကန္း
တခါတရံ  Nga Raman= ငရမန္

ဟုေခၚတြင္သည္။ သူအမည္အရငး္မွာ ရာမန္ခန္း (Ramankan Khan) သို႔မဟုတ္ ရာမန္ (Raman) သာျဖစ္ပါသည္။
မ်က္လံုး တဖက္ကန္း၍ ေခၚဆိုျခင္း (သို႔) မိသားစု အမည္ (ခန္း) မ်ိဳးႏြယ္ျဖစ္၍ ေခၚျခင္း ဟုတ္မဟုတ္ ေရးသားထားျခငး္မရိွေပ။

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When hate came to town part 2

Racism in England against Pakistanis and Indian (hidden camera Documentary)

atimes.com: Nazi chic in the new Myanmar

By Julie Masis 

YANGON – Visitors to Myanmar these days often encounter young men in T-shirts emblazoned with a red swastika in a circle and the word “Nazi” written above. World War II-style motorcycle helmets decorated with the fascist emblem are also en vogue on the streets of Yangon.

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Analysis: Air assaults raise doubts about Myanmar’s reformist rulers

(Reuters) – Unprecedented aerial attacks on ethnic Kachin rebels by Myanmar’s military have raised doubts about whether the retired generals in a government hailed for its reforms have really changed their harsh old ways.

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Reuters:Handset makers scurry to join Year of the Phablet

(Reuters) – Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone – closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back – is here to stay.

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ALjazeera:Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America

On the evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant to America named Sunando Sen was pushed by a stranger onto the subway tracks in New York City and struck and killed by an oncoming train. Sen had called New York home for years, and after years of hard work and struggle had recently managed to achieve his lifelong goal ofopening a small business of his own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.

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