Analyses & Reports
Broad-based Community Involvement is Central to Success of Karen Political Movement
By GREH MOO & SWEENER SOE | September 22, 2014 |
In the wake of the Karen National Union’s sudden walk out from the United Nationalities Federal Council’s conference and its subsequent temporary suspension of its membership in the ethnic alliance in late August, Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations were left baffled, confused, shocked, and enraged. They were left wondering what will be next in inter-ethnic relationship and cooperation between the KNU and other ethnic armed groups, and how the KNU will proceed with the current peace process. Read more...
Deeds and Peace in Myanmar
By SAW KAPI | June 26, 2014 |
In his famous essay, “Politics and the English Language,” the British writer George Orwell lamented that political language, at times, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In fact, Orwell seems to have believed that the language used was intentionally vague, and at times meaningless, as it was deliberately designed to hide the truth rather than express it. Read more...
A Federal Army for Myanmar/Burma?
By GREH MOO | March 25, 2014 |
Many observers of Myanmar's political transition agree that the success of President Thein Sein's democratic reforms and national reconciliation initiatives hinges on his quasi-civilian government's ability and willingness to accommodate the political demands and desires of various ethnic groups. Chief among those demands are greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in the form of federalism and control over the exploitation of natural resources in their geographic regions. Read more...
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