Inteltrends: Burma Report 22-FEB-2011
KIO, preparing for war, urges people to join militia
Lt-Gen. Gam Shawng Gunhtang, the chief of staff of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), told a gathering in Laiza ‘the KIO will launch offensives against the junta and all Kachin people need to participate in the revolution’, according to a KIA officer.
Burma’s report to U.N.’‘is fictional’
Hong Kong-based legal group says Universal Periodic Review is a collection of fabrications aimed at garnering respect from U.N.
Army seizes 30,000 acres of farmland
Farmers in central Burma have filed a complaint to the U.N.’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) after troops there confiscated more than 30,000 acres of arable land. The reasoning behind the seizure in May last year was that the land was needed to expand on an ordinance production factory, said Than Soe, one of the affected farmers. Now, however, those behind the confiscation are preparing the land to grow wet-season crops.
China Tops Thailand as Biggest Investor in Burma (No link)
The Irrawaddy, 22.Feb.2011
[Full text:] – China, already Burma’s closest diplomatic ally, is now also the country’s largest foreign investor, a report said on Monday. The Burmese-language Weekly Eleven said that China poured more than US$3 billion into the country from November last year through January this year, bringing its cumulative investment since 1988 to $9.6 billion, compared to Thailand’s $9.56 billion. Thailand had been the largest investor for the past seven years, mostly in the energy sector. Hong Kong is the third biggest investor, with $5.9 billion.
Could Burma’s Next Uprising Begin on the Internet?
The Irrawaddy, 22.Feb.2011
“Since last year, we have trained over 120 laborers from the countryside on how to use the Internet,” said Ko Win, a middle-aged political activist in Rangoon. “I taught them how to use Gmail and Gtalk, though I myself have yet to learn how to use Facebook and Twitter.” Ko Win said that he hopes some of these students will become politically active and revolt against Burma’s military rulers.
Wa, Shan disclaim responsibility for shelling junta border base
Plan for the inauguration of the new sub-township in Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai’s Wiang Haeng district, today has been postponed following shelling by an unknown armed group on Friday night (18 February), according to sources from the border. The shelling between 21:00-22:00 local time had killed and injured an unspecified number of Burma Army soldiers. The United Wa State Army’s 171st Military Region, whose transport line between 772nd Brigade in Mongjawd in the east and 778th Brigade in Khailong in the west, has been threatened by the Burma Army base in the middle, has denied any responsibility outright. The other [regional force] the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’, whose main base Loi Taileng lies further west was also vehement in its denial. “It’s not our communication links that have been severed,” responded Lt-Gen Yawdserk, the SSA South leader, to SHAN’s query.
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