Inteltrends: Burma Report 20-JUL-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Wa army investigate shooting
DVB, 20 Jul 2010
Burma’s largest ceasefire group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), is investigating a shootout between its troops and government soldiers which resulted in the death of one Wa member.
New oil potential in southern Burma
DVB, 20 Jul 2010
Burma’s energy ministry has reported “progress” in tests on a potential new oil field close to Rangoon. Maubin lies less than 50 kilometres from Burma’s economic hub at a site where natural gas was discovered in 2008. The New Light of Myanmar newspaper said today that energy minister Lun Thi visited the site yesterday afternoon and said that the “region had potential for a new oil field”.
Smear campaign against resistance groups continues
S.H.A.N., 19 Jul 2010
A document received by SHAN from an unidentified source on the border contains yet more allegations of conspiracy between Burma’s ethnic resistance groups and the Thailand’s Red Shirts. This time the resistance group the Karen National Union (KNU) is being accused of supporting the Red Shirts during their protests against the Thai government in May.
Viewpoint: Junta’s Dream is the World’s Nightmare
The Irrawaddy (Magazine), July 2010
By Aung Zaw. For decades, Burma’s ruling regime has been regarded primarily as a menace to its own people. But with recent reports confirming long-held suspicions that the junta aspires to establish Burma as Southeast Asia’s first nuclear-armed state, there is now a very real danger that it is emerging as a threat to the rest of the region. At the moment, the paranoid generals in Naypyidaw are far from realizing their dream of developing the ultimate deterrent to foreign invasion. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the regime’s determination to acquire some sort of nuclear weapon, no matter how primitive, with which to ward off any threat from countries it regards as hostile to its survival.
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