Inteltrends: Burma Report 07-DEC-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Junta-backed militias pulling ahead of Wa
S.H.A.N., 07 Dec 2010
Burma Army controlled militias have successfully overtaken the Wa in heroin production and trade during the year and are likely to outstrip it at methamphetamines during the upcoming year, according to a veteran drug watcher in eastern Shan State. “One reason is almost all the poppy growing areas are under the joint control of the Burma Army and the militias,” the source who knows both the Wa and the militias explained. “Another is the investors and the chemists working with the ceasefire groups like Wa have been moving over to the militias, since their relations with Naypyitaw broke down last year.”
Student army to join Karen fighting
DVB, 06 Dec 2010
A Burmese student army that rose to prominence following the 1988 uprising is preparing to fight alongside Karen troops in the volatile eastern state. The decision was confirmed today by a senior official in the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) who asked to remain anonymous. The group, which at its peak had more than 10,000 troops, will join sides with a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) as fighting against Burmese forces continues close to the Thai border.
Lee Kuan Yew: Asean trio ‘spies for China’
Mizzima, 04 Dec 2010
Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew said that Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries including Burma might be acting as spies for China, according to Wikileaks.
Burmese Army despatching more arms to Kachin State
Kachin, 03 Dec 2010
The threat to the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has increased manifold with the Burmese military junta despatching significant quantity of arms to Kachin State, northern Burma.
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