Irrawaddy:Desertions, Assassinations Plague Burmese Armed Forces

By MINN LWIN

Thursday,October 9,2008

A soldier deserted recently from Burma’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 707, in Taikgyi Township, Rangoon Division, after murdering his commander—the latest sign of rising dissatisfaction among the lower-ranking members of the Burmese armed forces.

The deserter, who fled with a number of weapons, was later killed in a manhunt.

Desertions, small mutinies and assassinations are plaguing Burma’s ruling military, according to observers abroad and sources within the country.

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Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw and SPDC Fascist Junta

Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw

When analysed the defining features of the Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw, it fullfills the basic features defined or identified by Dr. Lawrence Britt in his famous, “Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism”

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of- 
  •  Hitler (Germany),
  • Mussolini (Italy)
  • Franco (Spain)
  • Suharto (Indonesia) 
  • and several Latin American regimes.

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Rise of Factions Roils Relations within Burmese Junta

By MIN LWIN

Thursday,July 10 ,2008

On the surface, the high-ranking generals in the Burmese military junta appear to be united. But since a reshuffle in early June, speculation has been rife that the regime is undergoing a major realignment, with competing forces jostling for influence.

There are persistent rumors that several of the former Bureau of Special Operations heads who were sacked in June are now under investigation on corruption charges. Some are even believed to be under house arrest, facing charges of high treason.

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One Blood, One Voice, One Command

By Wai Moe

Friday,June 27,2008

The June 20 shakeup in the Burmese armed forces has raised the question of whether the top military leaders are at loggerheads.

Though not confirmed officially, as many as 150 military officers were reportedly reassigned in last week’s reshuffle. In addition, four lieutenant-generals who headed the bureaus of special operations (BSOs) were given retirement, though initial reports suggest that some BSO commanders are resisting the order to retire.

Speculation about a shake-up within the Tatmadaw (armed forces) has been rife for months.

Larry Jagan, a British journalist who specializes in Burma, wrote in The Asia Times on March 27 that the regular army commanders’ meeting could not be held for nine months due to rising tension between Snr-Gen Than Shwe and the number two general, vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye.
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The thug who rules Burma

Posted on 30 September 2007

By Mashuqur Rahman, USA

Bangladesh has its own illegal immigration problem. The country plays host to approximately 200,000 refugees from the bordering country of Burma. Unofficial estimates, however, put the number at 800,000. The refugees belong to the Rohingya minority, a persecuted Muslim population who are being methodically ethnically cleansed by Burma’s ruling military junta. They live in Bangladesh under desperate conditions, battling for scarce jobs and resources in the already desperately poor south eastern region of Bangladesh. It is just one of the silent tragedies of the forgotten people of Burma.

Burma, or Myanmar as the ruling military junta would like to be called, is one of the most brutally repressed countries in the world. It has been under military rule since 1962. An impoverished country of 50 million people, Burma boasts an army of over 400,000 active personnel. It’s yearly military budget stands at an estimated 7 billion dollars and is greater than Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. Burma has the 12th largest standing military in the world and spends an astounding 19% of its annual gross domestic product on the military. While the junta leaders live in luxury the rest of the population lives on less than $1 a day. Burma is the most corrupt nation on Earth.

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Reshuffle Could Signal Changes at the Top

By Minn Lwin                                                                     Monday,23 June,2008

Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has reshuffled its military commanders following the replacement of the country’s navy chief and two ministers last week.Details of the latest reshuffle have yet to emerge, although it is reported to have been planned as long ago as March. Observers believe many senior officers have been allowed to retire.

According to exile dissidents and military observers who have close connection with Burma’s armed forces, four Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) heads were allowed to retire. Burma currently has six BSO headquarters headed by senior ranking military officers and members of the SPDC. 

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Myanmar Junta No 2 Maung Aye arrested (unconfirmed news in English & Burmese)

ငသန္းေ ရႊက ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ၾကီး ေမာင္ေအးကို ဖမ္းလိုက္ျပီဆိုတဲ့သတင္းထြက္ေပၚလ်က္ရိွ။

ဇြန္ ၁၅ ( ေနျပည္ေတာ္)ငသန္းေရႊ က ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ၾကီးေမာင္ေအးကိုလက္ဦးမႈယူျပီးဖမ္းဆီးလို္္က္တယ္ဆိုတဲ့သတင္း က ဒီေန ့မနက္မွာ ေနျပည္ေတာ္တြင္ထြက္ေပၚလ်က္ရိွပါတယ္။ ဒီသတင္းကို ဆက္လည္အတည္ျပဳနိင္ဖို ့အတြက္ မိမိတို ့ကြန္ယက္မ်ားမွ ထပ္မံစံုစမ္းေစလိုပါတယ္။ နဂ်စ္မုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ဒုကၡေရာက္ျပည္သူမ်ားကို ကယ္တင္ေရးႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ျပီး စစ္တပ္ထိပ္ပိုင္းေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားအတြင္းသေဘာထားကြဲလြဲမႈမ်ားရိွေနျခင္း။ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ၾကီးရဲျမင့္သားႏွင့္အေပါင္းပါမ်ားကိုမႈးယစ္ေဆး၀ါးမႈ ႏွင့္ ဖမ္းဆီးခဲ့ျခင္းမ်ားဟာစစ္တပ္ထိပ္ပိုင္းေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားအတြင္းအကြဲျပဲမ်ားကို ပံုသ႑န္တမ်ိဳးႏွင့္ေဖၚျပေနျခင္းျဖစ္တယ္လို ့ ေနျပည္ေတာ္သတင္းရပ္ကြက္သံုးသပ္လ်က္ရိွပါတယ္။

from:KoMoeThee’s Blog

Mainstream Weekly

 

Mainstream, India 

 

– – – – -Far more frightening, for some, are rumblings within the junta. The referendum is not popular with all sections of the rulers, to go by some inside accounts.

Junta-watchers do not rule out sections loyal to SPDC Vice-Chairman General Maung Aye staging a revolt, at an opportune time ahead, against Chairman Than Shwe, the 75-year-old senior General known to be suffering from acute diabetes and breathing problems. —-

 (Courtesy: Truthout)

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