Shan State, Burma Newswire

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  1. The Irrawaddy: The real test for peace has yet to come - Sai OoRead the original story

    12 hrs ago | Burmanet

    As the prospect for Burma's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement looms large, the question of what will happen in the aftermath of an accord has become ever more important. The ethnic negotiating bloc, known as the Senior Delegation, is set to meet with high-level government officials and the Commander-in-Chief of the Burma Army, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, this week in Naypyidaw.

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  2. The Irrawaddy: Arrest warrants issued for alleged NLD billboard vandals - Kyaw Phyo ThaRead the original story

    13 hrs ago | Burmanet

    A court in Shan State has issued arrest warrants for members of a local militia who allegedly destroyed party signboards and flags of the opposition National League for Democracy . Five members, including a liaison officer, of the government-aligned Matkyanmilitant group were issued arrest warrants late last week, according to a senior legal officer from the NansangTownship court who spoke to The Irrawaddy on condition of anonymity,citingthe sensitivity of the case.

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  3. The Irrawaddy: Army restrictions leave Kachin refugees without aid - Seamus MartovRead the original story

    15 hrs ago | Burmanet

    A group of more than 1,400 civilians displaced by recent fighting in Kachin state's Sumprabum Township remain cut off from United Nations aid agencies and other relief groups, more than a month after heavy fighting in the area forced villagers to flee their homes in eight villages. Most of the displaced have taken shelter in a forested area close to territory controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization , posing a problem for aid groups, which must seek permission from the Burma Army and other government officials before delivering aid there.

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  4. The Irrawaddy: Supporting flood-relief efforts, election watchdog...Read the original story

    Thursday Aug 27 | Burmanet

    An election watchdog has found its member groups' duties sidetracked by flood relief efforts as much of Burma continues to grapple with some of its worst flooding in decades. The Election Education and Observation Partners , a coalition of 24 local election monitoring organizations, announced last month that it would deploy representatives at polling stations in more than 100 townships across the country to monitor the general election on November 8. Member groups, most of which will be first-time election observers, have also been raising awareness about the need to check voter lists ahead of the nationwide poll.

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  5. Mizzima: Four armed ethnic groups willing to sign ceasefire agreementRead the original story

    Thursday Aug 27 | Burmanet

    Four armed ethnic groups in Myanmar have expressed willingness to sign a nationwide cease-fire agreement with the government, according to a joint press release issuedby the groups on Tuesday Xinhua reported on 18 August. The decision of the four groups -the Karen National Union , the Democratic Kayin Buddhist Army , the Kayin National Liberation Army - Peace Council and the Restoration Council of Shan State suggeststhat the NCA could be signed before the end of the month.

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  6. Reuters: Burma gags media linked to Shwe Mann, adding to concerns...Read the original story

    Monday Aug 24 | Burmanet

    Burma has gagged media linked to parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann after he and his allies were dramatically purged from the leadership of the ruling party by President Thein Sein on Thursday months before a historic general election. The move comes after the heavy-handed involvement of security forces in his ousting this week and will add to concern about the progress of democratic reforms as the government uses tactics reminiscent of military-era purges.

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  7. The Irrawaddy: Despite disruptive flooding, candidate submissions approach 4,000 - San Yamin AungRead the original story

    Monday Aug 24 | Burmanet

    Four days ahead of the deadline for general election candidate submissions, nearly 4,000 names from 78 parties, along with more than 100 independents, have officially filed candidacy applications with Burma's electoral body. Last week the Union Election Commission extended the deadline for candidate applications from Aug. 8 to this Friday, citing the logistic challenges posed by severe flooding across much of the country in recent weeks.

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  8. The Irrawaddy: Vice-president's candidacy carries constitutional conundrum - San Yamin AungRead the original story

    Wednesday Aug 19 | Burmanet

    Dr Sai Mauk Kham will contest the Union seat of Lashio for the Union Solidarity and Development Party in November, potentially putting the vice-president in violation of constitutional prohibitions on campaigning. Tin Maung Shwe, chairman of the Lashio District Union Election Commission office, said that the vice-president personally filed his candidate form on Monday to contest the Lower House seat.

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  9. The Irrawaddy: Army chief optimistic as government, ethnic...Read the original story

    Tuesday Aug 18 | Burmanet

    Ahead of the next round of talks on a nationwide ceasefire in Rangoon on Thursday, Burma's commander-in-chief called for "trust [and] sincerity" in negotiations and expressed optimism the peace process would achieve "total success." Leaders of the Restoration Council of Shan State and three Karen armed groups, the Karen National Union , the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and the Karen Peace Council, met with Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing on Tuesday in Naypyidaw.

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  10. Democratic Voice of Burma: Election? Who cares? - Francis WilmerRead the original story

    Tuesday Aug 18 | Burmanet

    In a small Burmese cafA south of Chiang Mai, glasses clink, cutlery is shuffled and tea is drunk. The early dinner crowd sit in small groups chattering loudly from table to table.

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  11. 4 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar willing to sign cease-fire accord with gov'tRead the original story

    Monday Aug 17 | Xinhuanet

    Four ethnic armed groups in Myanmar have expressed willingness to sign a nationwide cease-fire accord with the government, according to a joint press release of the groups on Tuesday. The decision of the four groups -- Kayin National Union , Democratic Kayin Buddhist Army , Kayin National Liberation Army - Peace Council and Restoration Council of Shan State -- have raised prospect of signing the NCA.

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  12. Myanmar Times: The center of the neighborhood - Nicholas FarrellyRead the original story

    Monday Aug 17 | Burmanet

    Positioned between two of the largest countries in the world, Myanmar must balance external pressures and internal potential as it continues to grow. Will geographic opportunity translate to national improvement, or will it bring only diplomatic headaches? There is a map of the world I really like that calibrates population with country size.

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  13. Myanmar gags media linked to ousted ruling party leader, adding to concerns about reformsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 14 | Reuters

    Myanmar has gagged media linked to parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann after he and his allies were dramatically purged from the leadership of the ruling party by President Thein Sein on Thursday months before a historic general election. The suspension of media connected to Shwe Mann comes after the heavy-handed involvement of security forces in his ousting this week and will add to concern about the progress of democratic reforms as the government uses tactics reminiscent of military-era purges.

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  14. Despite Disruptive Flooding, Candidate Submissions Approach 4,000Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 10 | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

    Four days ahead of the deadline for general election candidate submissions, nearly 4,000 names from 78 parties, along with more than 100 independents, have officially filed candidacy applications with Burma's electoral body. Last week the Union Election Commission extended the deadline for candidate applications from Aug. 8 to this Friday, citing the logistic challenges posed by severe flooding across much of the country in recent weeks.

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  15. United Sikhs lends aid to help people of MyanmarRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 10 | The Star Online

    UNITED SIKHS together with humanitarian volunteers come to the aid of Sein Taunggyi village in Myanmar which is underwater due to floods.

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  16. The Irrawaddy: Senior SNLD leaders to forgo shot at Parliament - Yen SnaingRead the original story

    Friday Aug 7 | Burmanet

    A handful of senior leaders from one of Burma's strongest ethnic political parties, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy , will not contest in the country's upcoming general election, saying their abstentions will allow them to advance their political agenda outside the walls of Parliament. Party chairman Khun Htun Oo, vice chairman Sai Saw Aung, secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin, joint-secretary Sai Leik and party coordinator Sai Agga are all opting out of the poll due Nov. 8, according to Sai Leik, who also serves as party spokesman.

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  17. Mizzima: Australian company criticized over Mong Ton damRead the original story

    Friday Aug 7 | Burmanet

    Australia's Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp is facing mounting criticism over its role in a 7000 megawatt hydropower project in Myanmar, Sky News reported on 27 July. The SMEC is undertaking environmental and social impact studies into the construction of the $US8 billion Mong Ton or Tasang Dam, overseen by China's Three Gorges Corp, in Myanmar's eastern Shan State.

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  18. Myanmar Times: Kokang rebels support election plans - Ye MonRead the original story

    Thursday Aug 6 | Burmanet

    Ethnic Chinese rebels fighting in Kokang yesterday expressed support for plans for the border region of northern Shan State to hold parliamentary elections in November with the rest of Myanmar. U Tun Myat Lin, spokesperson for the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army , said their forces would not impede the election and he called on the Tatmadaw to halt their offensives over the election period.

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  19. Myanmar: Monsoon rains and persecutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 5 | Al Jazeera

    Calls for the government to address the root causes of the Rohingya's plight have been ignored, writes Baulk [AP] This year's monsoon rains have been some of the worst to hit Myanmar in decades, leaving dozens dead and thousands displaced across the country. As the scale of damage has become clearer, a sombre inevitability has pervaded the coverage of the devastation left by Cyclone Komen.

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  20. Shan Herald Agency for News: Draft framework for political dialogue almost completeRead the original story

    Tuesday Aug 4 | Burmanet

    The draft framework for political dialogue is now almost completed according to reports coming from the FPD consultations in Rangoon, which ended on 10 July. Once the nationwide ceasefire agreement has been signed the ethnic armed organisations and government negotiating teams will have 60 days to come up with a political framework that will finalise the details of the political dialogue, which has to start within 90 days of the NCA being signed.

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