The contemporary political history of the Union of Myanmar (Burma)

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The Hunting of the Slorc
By David Arnott, Burma Peace Foundation, posted by BurmaNet, June 1993 and update of March 1994. The basic character of SLORC and whether constructive engagement works.
Ethnic Minorities Under Attack
Merry Winslow, Letters to the editor of M.A.P. 7 February, 1995. Suggests SLORC's attack on ethnic minorities along the Thai border, such as the Karen, is to clear way for a gas pipeline.
Maung Aung arrived Yangon [Rangoon] on 7.2.95
Myanmar News Agency (SLORC). Brief news report of SLORC's allowing Maung Aung, anti-government activist and President of the Alliance for Democratic Solidarity, Union of Burma (ASDB), to visit his ailing father, former premier U Nu.
Welcomes statement to Mr. Suthin's consideration on Thai policy towards Rangoon
National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, in the Bangkok Post, 10 February 1995. SLORC's offensive and Thai relations with Myanmar.
The Forgotten Conflict
By Vibeche Holte, Burma Support Group-Norway, 18 February 1995. The Stottegruppa for Burma, Oslo, works for democracy and peace in Myanmar.
U.N. Commision on Human Rights. Resolution on Burma
United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 51st Session. January–10 March 1995.
Make the gallant morale of March 16 endure forever
Editorial, Voice of the Peacock, March 1995. Traces the leading role played by students in the history of Myanmar's bourgeois revolution.
Activists Arrested after Rangoon demonstration
Inside Sources, Voice of the Peacock, March 1995. Student pro-democracy activists arrested February 20 during the funeral procession for Burma's first and only elected prime minister, U Nu.
Experts divided over SLORC's sincerity in tackling drugs
By Nusara Thaitawat, Bangkok Post, 8 August 1997. The politics of heroin.
A rising tide of reasons to boycott Burma
By Andrew Silver, 8 August 1997. Drugs and Suu Kyi. Silver articulates the US capitalist penchant for economic sanctions (elsewhere it is objected they punish the poor and do not really influence the privileged classes).
Burma discusses forced labour
By Huong Phan, BBC News Online, Thursday 25 May 2000. Burma is holding talks with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the issue of forced labour. Human rights groups say the company was aware of the Burmese army's action in using forced labour to prepare the way for Total to build a gas pipeline. In agreeing to meet the ILO delegation, the government obliquely admits there is a problem.
ILO turns spotlight on use of forced labour
By Larry Jagan, Bangkok Post, 28 September 2001. A high level delegation from the International Labour Organisation discussed the use of forced labour with both the government and the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma's generals have promised the ILO full co-operation.
Spotlight interview with Maung Maung, General Secretary of the FTUB (Federation of Trade Unions-Burma)
ICFTU, 27 March 2003. Interview with Maung Maung, General Secretary of the FTUB (Federation of Trade Unions-Burma), an underground Burmese union with close links to the ICFTU. [note: The FTUB is not a union or union federation, but an agency of interests ouside Myanmar interested in toppling the government.]
Western pressure on Burma isn’t working
By Zar Ni, The Independent, 4 January 2006. Sanctions and isolation only stymie the emergence of a viable civil society.
Worst army attacks in years displace thousands
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 10 May 2006. Human rights abuses in ethnic minority areas are the single most important cause of conflict-induced internal displacement in Burma and the scale of atrocities committed by the Burmese army is unparalleled within Asia. Summary of a Relief Web report.
Asymmetry in strategy
By Roland Watson, Dictator Watch, 12 June 2006. For an old, decrepit dictator, Than Shwe is remarkable flexible. In contrast, the Burma Democracy Movement has called for freedom for Daw Suu and dialogue with the SPDC as the sole means to a resolution of the problems of the country, without any serious consideration of other alternatives.