Inteltrends: Burma Report 10-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Junta soldier deserts to Shan resistance
S.H.A.N., 10 Aug 2010
One of the Burma Army soldiers from a Thai-Burma border base deserted to anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’s recently, according to Thai and Shan security sources. The defector was identified as Than Sein, 26, from Monghta of Shan State East’s Mongton township where Tachile-based Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #529 is currently stationed. He was welcomed by the SSA ‘South’s Lt-Col Yawd Fa, who is based at Loilam, opposite Chiangmai’s Wiang Haeng District on 4 August, said an informed source.
Food related unrest to hit the table?
DVB, 10 Aug 2010
This year after temperature records were broken in many countries including Burma, are commodity price fluctuations going to cause social unrest?
Recently Formed Political Party Issues Statement on Monk’s Arrest
Narinjara, 10 Aug 2010
SITTWE – A recently formed Arakanese political party issued a statement on the arrest of a historian monk in Arakan State on Monday, after authorities seized many precious ancient artifacts and relocated 100 orphans to undisclosed locations.
Karen Armies Unite to Face Threat of War
The Irrawaddy, 07 Aug 2010
MAE SOT – For months, Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has been pressuring the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) to become a border guard force (BGF) under Burmese military command. Now, however, it appears that the regime’s efforts have backfired. While two senior leaders of the DKBA, Gen Kyaw Than and Col Chit Thu, have opted to join the BGF, a third, Col Saw Lah Pwe, has taken an unequivocal stand against it.
Drug economics in Burma’s new political order
Mizzima, 06 Aug 2010
Mizzima Special Report (3 pages). The regime’s biggest threat for the past half-century, besides Aung San Suu Kyi, has been rebel armies from various ethnic groups. For decades the regime has worked to increase its presence in these rural areas by building paramilitary allies in hostile regions. The local militias suppress rebel activities in exchange for the freedom to produce and transport drugs with full military co-operation. As the military brokered more deals, its obsession with power quickly took precedence over its war on drugs. Now the regime is more powerful than ever, due to a survival strategy that is largely subsidised by Burma’s multi-billion-dollar drug trade. Perry Santanachote examines that trade, the people who benefit from it and cover it up, the victims and those caught in between.
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