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Zin Linn was born on February 9, 1946 in a small town in Mandalay Division. He began writing poems in 1960 and received a B.A (Philosophy) in 1976.

He became an activist in the High School Union after the students' massacre on 7th July 1962. He then took on a role as an active member in the Rangoon Division Students' Union. He Participated in a poster-and-pamphlet campaign on the 4th anniversary of 7 July movement and went into hiding to keep away from the military police. He was still able to carry out underground pamphlet campaigns against the Burmese Socialist Programme Party ( BSPP). However, in 1982, he fell into the hands of MI and served two years imprisonment in the notorious Insein prison.

In 1988 he took part, together with his old students' union members, in the People's Democracy Uprising. In November of that year, he became an NLD Executive Committee Member for the Thingangyun Township and later became superintendent of the NLD Rangoon Division Office.

In 1991, he was arrested because of his connections with the exiled government, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in the notorious Insein Prison. In last week of December 1997 he was released.

Zin Linn was an editor and columnist and contributed articles to various publications, especially on international affairs, while in Burma.

He fled Burma in 2001 to escape from military intelligence and worked as information director for the NCGUB from 2001 to 2012. He is also vice president of the Burma Media Association which is affiliated with the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontiers. Zin Linn is still writing articles and commentaries in Burmese and English in various periodicals and online journals on a regular basis.


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Saturday, May 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Shackling press freedom, Reform will be futile it is very important that the freedom of expression and the press must be guaranteed and protected as democratic elections are going to be held. Media personnel, such as journalists, reporters and editors, should be able to do their jobs without restraints. Even more important is to promise the right to seek and receive information during the upcoming elections.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Burma faithfully carry on its political reform? In an interview with Reuters on 3rd April, the Nobel laureate told Reuters that her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party was "ready to govern" but that President Thein Sein was insincere about reform and might try to postpone the election. It is also remarkable that Aung San Suu Kyi has an option of boycotting the upcoming elections.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: "Sustaining Ethnic Media" via "Third Ethnic Media Conference" In 2015, Myanmar ranked 145 out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders (RWB) Press Freedom Index, 6 places higher than the previous year. The incumbent government has made 6-place progress because it makes some free space for coming back of several exiled media.

Sunday, January 4, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
After the 67th Anniversary of Independence, Burma has still lost her choice But people continue doubtful of political transformation under President Thein Sein who claims his regime as a reformist government. The reason is that the regime just changes its uniform rather than its high-handed stance. People believe country's independence has been crushed as several natural resources of the country have been sold out on cut-rate to China by the successive military-backed regimes.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma closed down the democratic reform in December 2014 Despite much talk about needed economic reform, President failed to mention the corruption and unprofessional conduct of officials from UMEHL and MEC. Without officially recognizing the well embedded corrupt practices in society, there can be no means to adequately address the issue.

Monday, December 1, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma's constitutional crisis crack up its reform Burma's political scenario in last quarter of 2014 seems more complicated than ever because there will be do-or-die struggles between the 'pro-2008 Constitution faction' and 'anti-2008 Constitution parties' that is basically connected with the presidential selection in 2015.

Monday, November 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Burma's reform backtracking as press freedom at stake? The embassies of the United States and Britain in Rangoon have called on the Government of Burma to open a transparent investigation into the current killing of a local journalist by the Government Army. The US Embassy said in a statement that it is "deeply concerned and saddened" by the reports of the death of journalist Aung Kaw Naing alias Par Gyi, while in custody of the Burma Army in early October.

Saturday, October 25, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma needs to investigate extrajudicial killing of a journalist If the junta is sincere regarding democratic reforms, the journalists must be free at the outset since access to information is essential to a healthy democracy. But in Burma, the political opposition as well as journalists and media personnel are under the strictest controls by the quasi-civilian government.

Friday, October 3, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Conflicts carry on as President urges nationwide ceasefire for 2015 election Even though there have been quite a lot of meetings between the government delegates led by Union Minister Aung Min and the Representative of the Ethnic Rebel groups one by one or jointly, the bargaining result for peace is no trouble-free topic. And after several decades of fighting for better self-determination, the distrust between the ethnic rebels and the Burma army -- the Tatmadaw -- goes on with uncompromising.

Thursday, August 14, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can Burma make a difference in peacemaking without hostilities? The national ceasefires agreement between the government and more than a dozen ethnic armed groups has also been at a state of gridlock for several months. However, the popular peace process is not likely to be sustainable unless negotiations begin soon on the topic of the deep-seated political, social and economic causes of conflict.

Friday, July 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Does Burma's reform reverse as journalists got harsh prison term? The public has a right to be informed on a subject of general interest like the story covered by the Unity Journal. Journalists who are just doing their job must be protected, and if anyone has to be prosecuted, it should be the newspaper. Under no circumstances should journalists be imprisoned because of the content of their articles.

Saturday, June 28, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why does battles maintain in Shan State of Burma? Although peace talks are taking place, there seems to be no end in sight in the war against the ethnic rebels, especially in Kachin and the Shan states. For instance, the President Thein Sein Government has reached a truce with the Shan State Army (SSA), but the Government Army seems no notice of the agreement.

Monday, June 9, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can Burma improve bilateral trust for truce? If Burma Army is reluctant to pull out from conflict areas, no ceasefire may not be materialized, particularly locations close to rural villages. It is also necessary that both armies should reduce troops, army bases, checkpoints and weapons inventories to show the change to peace.

Saturday, May 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Is there a solution for Kachin Conflict? KIO has been calling for a true political dialogue for decade-long old warfare. But, U Thein Sein government stays away from political talks since its key interest is to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord rather than solving the root cause of the conflict.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: MPs untrue to the voters as they support electricity price-hiking Burma or Myanmar’s public improvement also depends on fair and square electricity charges, without which health, education, home industries and other essential services certainly suffer shortcoming. The sitting government has many more to do with the electrification problem to be addressed step by step in an attempt to guarantee promoting the living standard of the greater part of population.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Myanmar peace process going well? Even though U Thein Sein’s government has announced its self-styled reform repeatedly, people rarely see any sign of genuine change in ethnic areas. As a result, displaced communities are cautious because security concerns hang around, including landmine problem and various persecutions of the armed forces.

Friday, February 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma needs good human rights records As Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has a massive responsibility to scrutinize human rights violations of the government. Besides, Myanmar has to do more on human rights rule and regulation clearly. If the government officials breach the laws, the relevant officials have to keep an eye on and call attention to violations. The formation of the MNHRC seems totally against international standards.

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Failing land policy in Burma Myanmar remains a mostly rural country, in which the majority of the population relies on small farms for their livelihoods. Regrettably, the rate of landless farmers has been on the rise for several years. Then, the row of land confiscation seems to be rising now and again.

Saturday, January 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Myanmar should chew on defense expenses The country’s citizens are very poor not because the country has meager resources, but because the mismanagement of the country’s leaders, including the incumbent semi-elected government, who refuse to acknowledge the exceedingly heavy burden of the defense budget.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who will save the mother-river of Myanmar? Suu Kyi has been calling on promoters of the Myitsone dam project to reassess the plan, pointing out concerns that dams on the Irrawaddy River damage the environment, decrease rice production, dislodge ethnic peoples. Besides, it would hurt livelihoods of local communities and there is a risk of possible destructive earthquakes.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will secure peace take place in Myanmar? The UNFC leaders also called for military commander-in-chief, Sen. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, to take part in talks supporting the nation-wide ceasefire agreement, saying that the army's contribution would guarantee the contract more trustworthy.

Thursday, December 12, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How will Burma overcome its political fiasco? Without addressing and honoring the ethnic people's representation and self-determination, the latest parliament-based government seems unable to stop political and civil strife all over ethnic areas. In reality, ethnic people's demand for equal rights is not a new one but already mentioned in the 1947-Panglong agreement.

Saturday, November 30, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Land Confiscation: A serious question in Burma Burma/Myanmar remains a mostly rural country, in which the majority of the population relies on small farms for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, the rate of landless farmers has been on the rise for several years. Then, the row of land confiscation seems to be rising now and again.

Sunday, November 24, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Energy price hiking damages poverty alleviation scheme For the time being, the parliament has temporarily suspended the electricity price hike by the Ministry for Electric Power as an answer to the proposal urging to slash the electricity price hike. The parliament made the decision following consumers' complaint against the measure introduced by the authorities, adding the problem will maintain under assessment until the start of the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma should end every hostility for true peace The ethnic armed groups do not trust fully on government's offer for peace talks. The fact is that while offering peace plan, the government has been escalating its deployment of armed forces in the conflict zones.

Thursday, November 14, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Seizing new strategic sites means damaging peace deal! The government has expected that the ethnic rebel groups would vow to sign the ceasefire at the Myitkyina consultation, in keeping with peacemaking agents. But, their estimation went wrong as they could not make a breakthrough for nationwide ceasefire agreement. The preliminary talks ended earlier than expected, according to media reports from Myitkyina.

Sunday, November 10, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Could investments derail the peace process in Burma? The survey reflects the vulnerability of the ceasefire agreements, and the possibility of grievances growing deeper due to unfettered investments in disputed areas.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Laiza Ethnic Summit make another historic landmark? The leaders of the ethnic rebel-groups will talk about reaching a nationwide ceasefire treaty, which the President U Thein Sein's government seriously wants all groups to sign in approaching November. Most ethnic rebel leaders may consider the Laiza summit is important for the whole reconstruction of a federal union guaranteeing autonomy for respective ethnic groups.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who breach the treaty of peacemaking in Burma? To date, some serious questions between government and the KNU are still unresolved. For instance, the systematic relocations of the Burma Army troops from Karen State and other conflict ridden Karen areas are unanswered. Besides, the Code of Conduct, which was drafted by the KNU and submitted to the government to negotiate, is still up in the air.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma needs transparency extracting natural resources Burma's faulty legislation and centralized government control of land and natural resources often fails to protect local populations from corruption and may lead to growing inequalities or frustrations between rich and poor, state and civilian, and also between and amongst various ethnic groups and numerous regions of the country.

Thursday, October 3, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma needs "responsible investment" of foreign capital "If you are going to try to revive the economy, you need capital," Suu Kyi said, when asked whether investors should wait for more political stability before committing resources to the country. "I wouldn't advise you to draw out. I would like you to continue your investments. But make them as responsible as possible," Aung San Suu Kyi said.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Burma's Kachin maneuver anti-reform practice? Some analysts deem armed conflicts in Burma probably will not settle down easily since more ethnic armed groups refuse to accept the 2008 new constitution which gives supreme political and economic authority to the military institution.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Change in favour of the grassroots in Burma Even though it uses the slogan "Change', the government was formed with former military generals, who themselves wrote the 2008 Constitution. The biggest flaw in the constitution is the privileged 25 percent of seats in parliament that are reserved for soldiers who are basically appointed to the legislative body by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Friday, September 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Burma amend constitution for genuine Federalism? If General Aung San did not promise equal opportunity and self-determination, the country might never have been founded under the title of the Union of Burma. The Panglong agreement was aimed at setting up a federal union on the foundation of equality and autonomy for every ethnic nationality.

Sunday, September 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Burma's Government interested in genuine democracy? Afterward, the current President Thein Sein government took office by swearing to defend the 2008 Constitution. It indicates the current regime also is no different to its predecessors.It seems opposing autonomy or self-determination of the ethnic groups while it has to defend the latest constitution.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Drug Question: A Major Political Challenge of Burma? To stop growing poppy, an alternative cash crop must be provided. According to some political analysts, poppy growing and opium production in Shan State have increased over the past two years due to political volatility and growing economic despondency caused by cronyism, corruption and unprofessional conduct of the government.

Friday, July 26, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is china worried with Burma's look west policy? Burma watchers believe the frequent visits of Chinese high-level delegations indicate about China's serious concerns due to Burma's look west foreign policy towards the US and EU countries.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma President says more than done on human rights On the same day, the Kachin National Organization (KNO) issued a statement criticizing Thein Sein and the British government's red carpet treatment for the ex-army general many Kachin consider a war criminal. The KNO statement mentions that under Thein Sein's leadership Burma's military has carried out "crime against humanity, war crimes and violation of international law" in Kachin state.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Media Watchdog calls for crimes against journalists in Burma Hence, Reporters Without Borders urges President U Thein Sein to create a Commission of Enquiry dedicated to combating impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962. It says that Burma is now starting a new page in history and the process of democratization begun by his government will not be complete without an official effort to render justice for the victims of the previous military junta's crimes.

Thursday, July 4, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Shan rights group condemn Burma Army's continuous attacks As said by the SHRF, on June 23, after sending in reconnaissance planes, over the Light Infantry Battalions 525 and 569 launched an artillery attack on the village of Wan-Warb, 30 kilometers north-west of the SSA-N headquarters at Wan Hai, in Ke See township. As government soldiers used 60 mm and 79 mm field gun, the Buddhist temple and seven houses were smashed, injuring four villagers. Besides, a 90-year-old woman died of fr

Friday, June 28, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking still at large in Burma The total opium-poppy cultivation area in Myanmar in 2012 was estimated at 51,000 ha, a 17% increase from the 43,600 ha cultivation area in 2011. In 2012, potential opium production increased by 13% to 690 mt. During the year, an estimated 300,000 households were involved in opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar.

Friday, June 21, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Government reaches an 8-point agreement with Karenni rebels Burma's Union Peace-Making Committee and the KNPP have taken part in a settlement promising to move forward with a national ceasefire accord. The Peace-Making Committee and KNPP held negotiations on 19 and 20 June in Loikaw. The talks was convened with Minister Aung Min on the government side and deputy chairman Khun Oo Reh on the KNPP side plus military chief General Bee Htoo.

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Burma: New report calls for transparency and local-benefits on Kaladan Project Possible risks are likely to be happened such as the use of forced labor during project construction; land confiscation and forced eviction; disruption of and loss of livelihoods; increased presence of Burma Army troops; restrictions on freedom of movement and access to transportation; illegal taxation and extortion; pollution and environmental degradation; and violations of indigenous peoples' rights.

Thursday, June 6, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Conflict and human trafficking on the Kachin-China border The report highlights 24 cases of actual or suspected trafficking from Kachin border areas since the resumption of fighting in June 2011, mostly involving young women and girls displaced by the war, who have been tricked, drugged, raped, and sold to Chinese men or families as brides or bonded laborers for as much as 40,000 Yuan (about $6,500 USD) per person. Some ended up as far east as Shandong and Fujian provinces.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma needs to probe ongoing rights abuses in ethnic areas Even though the President Thein Sein Government has been holding peace negotiations and signed ceasefire agreements with various ethnic armed groups, its armed forces are still launching military offensives, and committing widespread human rights violations in ethnic areas.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Will constitutional review allow Suu Kyi to become president? During a visit to India last year, Suu Kyi addressed an audience in Delhi on November 16 that the general election to be held in 2015 will not be fair, even though it is free, lacking compulsory amendments of the constitution.

Thursday, March 14, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma government urges to rescind draft printing bill the interim Press Council has been assigned drafting a code of conduct and to offer its input in rewriting a draft media law proposed by the Information Ministry.

Saturday, March 9, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma President seeks termination of EU sanctions The most controversial point is that President Thein Sein highlights the importance of political reforms as crucial to change the country into a democracy. On the contrary, he and his government take hold of the undemocratic 2008 constitution which does not help ensuring involvement of all the citizens in the political process concerning equal rights, especially for the ethnic population.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma keeps on grabbing land against native communities' rights Eastern Myanmar remains highly militarized, as investment actors more and more join together with local and national authorities to get hold of land in eastern part of the country. The local communities know that asking for getting back of their own land brings a prearranged threat.

Sunday, February 24, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma still has a row on unitary state v. federal union The current regime standpoint is that the ethnic groups must dump their stubborn attitude of grasping the principle of Panglong Agreement. They also want the ethnic groups to be faithful to the Burma Army backed unitary state rather than the federal union system. This means they must lay down their arms together with their hope for autonomy.

Monday, February 18, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma President must fight against corruption, in favor of reforms Burma remains one of the world's least developed countries, and was ranked 149 out of 187 countries in the 2011 UN's Human Development Index. The HDI represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can Burma boost educational funding, as military control the budget? In March 2011, National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi criticized the previous 2011-2012 budget for allocating too much of its funds to the military and not a sufficient amount to social services such as health and education. According to the aforesaid budget allotments, 23.6 per cent of the 2011-12 budget used for defense while just 1.3 per cent for health and 4.3 per cent for education.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Without honoring Panglong Treaty, Burma's reform may not do well If General Aung San did not promise equal opportunity and self-determination, the country might never have been founded under the title of the Union of Burma. The Panglong agreement was aimed at setting up a federal union on the foundation of equality and autonomy for every ethnic nationality.

Sunday, February 10, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma: Suu Kyi draws attention to constitutional change during a seminar According to Suu Kyi, Burmese people did not have confidence with the court and did not trust in justice made by the court and that for decades the courts were not free from the executives, she told the meeting. She emphasized the important of amending the constitution should be everybody's concern in the country so that it would meet the standard of a valid democratic society.

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Norway welcomes indecisive Kachin peace-talks amid autonomy row Even though Jens Stoltenberg and Espen Barth Eide give the impression of brilliant appearance, the focal point on economic development is generally risky in the surroundings of resource-rich ethnic regions. Ethnic areas are intertwined with lucrative development and divergence of political beliefs.

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Burma initiates a committee scrutinizing the political prisoners left behind The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) is a human rights organization based in Mae Sot, Thailand that works for the release of all political prisoners and for the improvement of prison conditions inside Burma. Set up in 2000, AAPP is entirely run by former political prisoners.

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Burma must be sincere making peace contract with Kachin rebels In January, the KIO released an official statement towards the entire people of Burma, which reiterated the group's desire for a truly democratic and federal Burma. The statement says: "The root cause of the war is political. In order to end the war and bring about peace these problems must be solved by political means."

Sunday, February 3, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma restarts peace-talks with KIO amid charter dispute On this political issue, there is a big gap between the military junta and the NLD led by Aung San Suu Kyi. To the military autocrats, allowing the ethnic minorities to enjoy equal political, social and economic rights is a risk towards a collapse of sovereignty.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma blames embassies and media concerning news reports on Kachin war Even though the Defense Ministry said its troops stopped offensive operations except self-defense, its soldiers have increasingly sped up the offensive war to a new phase. It is not clear whether the government is saying one thing and doing another or the soldiers themselves are going against the President's orders.

Saturday, January 26, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Burma would like ceasefire, but KIO calls for political talks The government armed forces have unreasonably violated the 1994 ceasefire agreement and invaded Kachin territory by force. Then, the government deployed more infantry units in Kachin region and refused to pull out even though have been constant calls from KIO and local residents. If government troops moved back up to the 1994 ceasefire-line, it means reinstatement of the ceasefire treaty.

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