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Title: Dialogue: Only a Sideshow in the SPDC Power Struggle
Date of publication: 09 April 2004
Description/subject: A statement issued by the United Nations suggests the recent visit to Burma by its special envoy, Razali Ismail has had little impact on re-starting talks between the military leadership and the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Although the dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) started nearly six months ago, no official word has been released on the results to date. It would appear that the secrecy surrounding the talks is benefiting only Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, the scheming military intelligence chief. By "playing the Aung San Suu Kyi card", Khin Nyunt is hoping to give the international community the impression that the SPDC is sincere in seeking a resolution to the "problem" of a transition to democracy. The real problem, of course, is that the generals have no intention of giving up power to make way for a democratically elected government. By continuingwith the talks, however, Khin Nyunt is also attempting to build his own separate power base outside the Burmese Army in preparation for the power struggle that will ensue when SPDC Chairman Gen Than Shwe retires from military service, or in the event of former dictator Ne Win's demise.
Author/creator: Moe Thee Zun
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" (Commentary)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/opinion_story.php?art_id=239
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Release of Aung San Suu Kyi: a Dilemma for Whom?
Date of publication: April 2004
Description/subject: "It appears that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be freed soon," a Western journalist who recently returned from Burma told a Burmese dissident leader living in exile. If true, it would be a welcome sign from the talks in Rangoon. But the Burmese leader was skeptical. He had heard similar rumors in the past..."
Author/creator: Aung Naing Oo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" (Commentary)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=240
Date of entry/update: 09 April 2004


Title: The Talks: A Two-Year Chronology
Date of publication: February 2004
Description/subject: From April 2000 to December 2002. Information compiled from The Irrawaddy archives, wire services and UN reports.
Author/creator: Tony Broadmoor
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Research Pages
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/research_show.php?art_id=475
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Lückenhafte Chronik eines sich ankündigenden Zusammenstoßes
Date of publication: September 2003
Description/subject: Überlegungen zur Vorgeschichte der Vorgänge des 30. Mai in Nord-Myanmar. Analyse des Verhältnisses zwischen Aung San Suu Kyi / Opposition und Militärregierung. Aussicht auf Versöhnung - Depayin clashes, transition process, relationship Aung San Suu Kyi and SPDC, talks
Author/creator: Hans-Bernd Zöllner
Language: Deutsch, German
Source/publisher: Burma Initiative Asienhaus
Format/size: pdf (132K)
Date of entry/update: 05 December 2003


Title: Dialogue between the Military Government and NLD
Date of publication: January 2003
Description/subject: Chart of meetings from 1994 to October 2000
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Research Pages
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/research_show.php?art_id=450
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: New Page, Old Story (Report Card, Burma: 1 April - 30 June 2002)
Date of publication: September 2002
Description/subject: DEMOCRACY: The Talks, The "Big" Development, SPDC Word Games, Tripartite, Working for National Reconciliation, International Response, Sanctions, Razali, Political Prisoners, That's All Folks. MILITARY THREAT: The "Coup Plot" Trial, Power Struggle, Weapons, Restructuring. THAI-BURMA RELATIONS: Bordering on Disaster, Let the Games Begin, Thaksin Appeases, Drugs. DRUGS: Production, Eradication & Prevention, A New Way to Play the Same Card, UNCDP, Regional Problem, US Position Shift. ETHNIC RELATIONS: Shan, Kachin, Karen, Rakhine & Rohingya, Chin, Mon. RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. HUMAN RIGHTS: Extortion, Forced Labour, Political Freedoms, Death Sentences, Arbitrary Arrests, Forced Relocation, Village Destruction, UNCHR, ILO, International Actions, Legalizing Abuse of Power. WOMEN: License to Rape, Trafficking. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Asean, EU, US, DCI Associates, China, India, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, East Timor, Australia. ECONOMY: The Crisis, The Kyat, Gold Rush, 2001-2002 Fiscal Year, Jan-Feb 2002, Investment, Pressure & Divestment, Import/Export Bans, Watchdog, Expensive Lobbyist, Aid Update, International Crisis Group, The Money Move, Sanctions Remain but HIV/AIDS Planned. DISPLACEMENT: Repatriation & Deportation, Migrant Workers, Refugees, IDPs. EDUCATION. CHRONOLOGY: 1 April ~ 30 June 2002. APPENDIX i: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI. APPENDIX II: Executive Summary: We are Not Free to Work for Ourselves.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (798K); Word (366K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/New_Page.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rangoon Suspense (Report Card Burma: 1 Dec '01-31 March '02)
Date of publication: July 2002
Description/subject: Includes "coup plot" & chronology. DEMOCRACY: The Talks, Political Prisoners, Political Freedom. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Theme: "Democracy", China v. India. INTERNATIONAL AID, UPDATE: Japan, South Korea. ECONOMIC SITUATION: Heading for Economic Collapse, The Kyat: Downhill all the way, International Trade, Pressure, Foreign Direct Investment. DRUGS: Production, UWSA, Eradication & Prevention, Regional Problem, UNDCP & Funds. THAI-BURMESE RELATIONS: Drugs, Fighting on the Border, Aiding Rebels, People from Burma in Thailand. MILITARY REGIME: The 'Coup Plot', USDA, Police, T he Weapons Keep Coming, Regional Security, The Nuclear Reactor. WOMEN & CHILDREN: Women award, violence, Children sex work, violence. HUMAN RIGHTS: Prof. Pinheiro's 2nd Trip to Burma, Forced Labour, Extortion, Freedom of Expression, Labour Rights. ETHNIC: Chavalit's Intervention, Karen, Shan, Karenni, Lahu, Mon. RELIGION. HEALTH: Prosthesis, HIV/AIDS, Thailand & the Health of People from Burma. EDUCATION: Monastic Education, Study Abroad, Closure. DISPLACEMENT: IDPs. REFUGEES - Thailand, Rohingya; MIGRANT WORKERS - THAILAND highl y vulnerable, registration. ENVIRONMENT: Ivory, Logging & Furniture Smuggling. CHRONOLOGY. APPENDIX 1: INTERVIEW WITH DR. CHAO TZANG YANGHWE. BIBLIOGRAPHY. ERRATA.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (987K) 60 pages; Word doc. (823K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Rangoon_Suspense.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's Secret Talks: Some Talk, Little Action
Date of publication: April 2002
Description/subject: Talks Checklist; Uneasy Dance - Confidence Building or Confidence Trick? Dashed Hopes; Razali Backstep; Concrete Signs; Sshhh! Mid-Term Developments That Signal Imminent Reforms - tripartitie talks, Release of political prisoners, political freedom; Ethnic Nationalities; The Wider Picture. Factors in the Dynamic - Military consolidation - March 2002 "coup plot", refashioning of khin nyunt, the army's party, Leverage - Forced Labor, Pinheiro, Drugs; CRPP; National Convention. What Do They Say? - NLD - ethnic politics; Ethnic Groups; SPDC - talk on ethnic groups; Pro-Democracy Allies; International Community - west, east. 39 Who's Who - Aung San Suu Kyi; Than Shwe; Khin Nyunt; Maung Aye; Razali; Kyaw WIn; Than Tun; U Lwin; Other Players. Chronology
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (705K) 60 pages; Word (638K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Burma's_Secret_Talks_%20apr_02.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma: Tentative Steps
Date of publication: March 2002
Description/subject: Report Card Sept.�00 ~ Jan.�01. Bumper Issue �Talks� Special. Inside: 5 parter on the Rangoon Talks, Landmines, ILO, Drugs, Women & the Usual Topics; Chronology 1st Sept.�00 ~ 31st Jan.�01. Printed in Bangkok, March 2001 ISBN 974 88306 � 4. TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARDS DIALOGUE: � Expectations; � Outcomes; � The SPDC; � The NLD; � The Ethnic Nationalities; � �Concessions� to Asean; � Public Relations Rhetoric; � Role of Sanctions; � Where Do We Go From Here? WOMEN & HEALTH: � 2nd Myanmar Women�s Conf.; � Rohingya Women: Double Burden; � Women�s Reproductive Rights Infringed in Thailand; HIV/AIDS: � A Tragedy Unfolding; � Denial & Ignorance; � The Reality; � Geographical Mobility. � HIV Prevention; � Declining Health & Education Standards; DRUGS: � Drug Production; � Transmigration of the Wa Cont.; � UWSA & SSA (South); � SPDC & Drugs; � Drug Eradication Measures; ECONOMIC SITUATION: � SPDC Growth Fantasies; � Foreign Investment Collapse; � Prices of Basic Items Will Rise Again; � Japan; EDUCATION: � New Education Plan from SPDC; � Revolving Door of Closures; HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION: � The ILO Resolution; � Landmine Monitor Report 2000; � US Court Case against Unocal; RELATIONS WITH RELIGIOUS & ETHNIC GROUPS: � God�s Army Surrenders; RELATIONS WITH THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT: � Traveling in Burma With the NLD; � The Revolving Door of Arrests; � Homeless in Rangoon; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: � �Mediation� by Asean; � Mahathir Visits Burma; � EU-Asean Meeting; � The Off/On EU Troika; � Changes in Foreign Policy: Thailand & The United States; � U N Special Rapporteur Resigns; REFUGEES & MIGRANT WORKERS: � Repatriation of Karen; � Repatriation of Rohingya; � Burmese Refugees in Guam; � Migrant Labour in Thailand; CHRONOLOGY: September 1st 2000 - January 31st 2001. Appendix 1: Leadership Calls for NTl Reconciliation; Appendix 2: Intl Strategy Meeting on Burma statement; Appendix 3: Burma At The Crossroads; Appendix 4: The Coming Transition & The Ntl. Reconciliation Program; Appendix 5: ICFTU: Election of Burmese Official TO chair major U N C�tee; Appendix 6: Index of Economic Freedom for Burma 2001.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (632K), Word (572K) 80 pages
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Tentative%20Steps-2.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A Transition Government in Burma Yes or No?
Date of publication: September 2001
Author/creator: Harn Yawnghwe
Language: Japanese
Source/publisher: Burma Debate, Vol.8 (2&3), Summer/Fall 2001
Format/size: PDF (366K) and HTML
Alternate URLs: http://www.jca.apc.org/burmainfo/analyse/yawnghhwe_bd0802_jp.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Home Minister Dismisses Power Sharing
Date of publication: September 2001
Description/subject: "Burmese Home Affairs Minister Col Tin Hlaing has dismissed speculation about power sharing with the democratic opposition. In remarks made during a meeting with his General Administration Departments (GAD) staff, he also urged continued vigilance against the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). The meeting was held in July to brief GAD staff on the current talks between the junta and the NLD, according to an inside source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol 9. No. 7 (Intelligence section)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dialog in vermintem Gelaende
Date of publication: June 2001
Description/subject: Analytische Aspekte zu den im Oktober 2000 begonnenen Gesprächen zwischen der Militärjunta und der Opposition in Burma und den Reaktionen darauf von Hans-Bernd Zoellner, einem der führenden Burma-Wissenschaftler in Deutschland (Downlaod als pdf-Datei). Hans-Bernd Zoellner's analysis of the current talks between Aung San Suu Kyi and the SPDC. (it is in pdf-format for download). (history, NLD, SPDC, politics, also: international community reactions and human rights movement mentioned in the article).
Author/creator: Hans-Bernd Zöllner
Language: Deutsch
Source/publisher: Südostasien, Jg. 17, Nr. 2 - Asienhaus
Format/size: PDF (114K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: On the Recent Series of Dialogue Between the Junta and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Its Background and Difficulties.
Date of publication: May 2001
Description/subject: Kei Nemoto is assistant professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Author/creator: Kei Nemoto
Language: Japanese
Format/size: PDF (45K) and HTML
Alternate URLs: http://www.jca.apc.org/burmainfo/analyse/nemoto20010228.html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: NLD Leaders Holding Consultations
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: In the latest sign that the talks in Rangoon may be going somewhere, sources close to the National League for Democracy NLD have confirmed that a number of party elders have moved into the residential compound of General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 3 (Intelligence section)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Talks That Everyone is Talking About; Forced and Convict Labour; a Crumbling Army
Date of publication: 23 March 2001
Description/subject: Comments on the recent negotiations between the SPDC and the National League for Democracy and their relation to ethnic issues and the lives of ordinary people in Burma. Also looks at the state of forced labour, the SPDC's reaction to pressure by the International Labour Organisation, and the increasingly systematic use of convict labour, in the light of evidence recently gathered and reported by KHRG. Introduces a new KHRG report on the crumbling state of the SPDC Army through the eyes of its soldiers, and other recent KHRG releases.
Language: Eng;lish
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group Commentaries (KHRG #2001-C1)
Format/size: pdf ((53 Kb, 10 pages)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/khrg2001/khrg01c1.pdf
http://www.khrg.org/khrg2001/khrg01c1.html
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2010


Title: Vorsichtiger Optimismus - Aktuelle Entwicklungen in Myanmar/Birma
Date of publication: February 2001
Description/subject: Bericht des Asien-Pazifik-Referenten der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung �ber die aktuelle Situation in Burma am Anfang des Jahres 2001. Kommentar zum Beginn des Dialogs zwischen Aung San Suu Kyi und SPDC im Oktober 2000 und Prognosen zu dessen m�glichem Verlauf.
Author/creator: Norbert von Hofmann
Language: Deutsch
Source/publisher: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn / Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Bonn
Format/size: pdf (130.37 K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2010


Title: Another False Start?
Date of publication: January 2001
Description/subject: Burma's ruling generals previously said to diplomats and UN officials that they would never talk to her again. But now there are reports from Rangoon that members of the Burmese military junta have been meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi since last October.
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Military is Part of Our Body
Date of publication: January 2001
Description/subject: In this exclusive interview, respected writer and social critic Tin Maung Than comments on recent developments inside Burma. Having only recently fled toneighboring Thailand, his insights bring a fresh perspective to outside observer's understanding of the current situation.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Our Burmese Brothers are Even More Unfortunate
Date of publication: August 2000
Description/subject: In this exclusive interview, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy discusses the challenges facing democrats in two of Southeast Asia’s most politically devastated countries... Interview by Wunna Kyaw/Phnom Penh
Author/creator: Wunna Kyaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 8
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=3572
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mini Mart Diplomacy
Date of publication: April 2000
Description/subject: Burma's democracy activists are finding it easier to bump into Burmese officials overseas than to meet with them across the negotiating table. This was the case in Jakarta recently, where activists and embassy officials met by chance in a scene that speaks volumes about the political deadlock in their homeland.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 4-5
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=691
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dialogue Or Devastation?
Date of publication: June 1999
Description/subject: The slow pace of political change in Burma is taking a toll on both the military regime and its opponents. Unless the country's leaders give the people reason to believe that a transition can be achieved through negotiations, more drastic measures may be taken to break the deadlock
Author/creator: Win Htein
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 7. No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mandela - The Man of the Hour
Date of publication: June 1999
Description/subject: Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has often been likened to Nelson Mandela, the recently retired President of South Africa who was long a symbol of resistance against the injustices of apartheid. His decision this June to invite Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt to the inauguration ceremony of his successor raised many eyebrows amongst pro-democracy activists, but now some are wondering if Mandela can help Suu Kyi find her F. W. de Klerk.
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 7. No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Guide to National Reconciliation
Date of publication: September 1998
Description/subject: To achieve genuine national reconciliation all parties and individuals must work together...The present crisis in Burma occurs in all parts of Burmese life and is most apparent in the current political standoff between the military government and its political opposition. Today, Burma faces the following obstacles to national reconciliation: one, the regime is not representative of the people; two, a decades old civil war; three, political tension between the regime and the opposition; four, the military rules without a constitution; five, widespread human-rights abuses; six, rapid inflation; seven, a poor education system; and eight, unemployment and lack of food and medical care, etc..."
Author/creator: Thar Nyunt Oo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol.. 6, No. 5
Format/size: pdf (31K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dialogue is the Best Answer for All
Date of publication: August 1998
Description/subject: "Ten years ago, on Aug 8, 1988, known to Burmese as 8/8/88, Rangoon streets were filled with demonstrators. They chanted: “We want Democracy—Down with Ne Win dictatorship.” They gathered in front of the City Hall in Rangoon. Later, troops arrived on the scene and sprayed bullets into the crowd. Although still there has been no confirmation of how many were slaughtered in 1988, independent sources suggest that at least 3,000 demonstrators were killed throughout the nation. The 1988 democracy movement was born out of mismanagement by the 26-year-old socialist government led by Gen Ne Win. Sadly, ten years later, as Burmese in exile commemmorated the “8/8/88 movement,” democracy and peace for this ill-fated country are still a long way off. As the stubborn generals continue to grip onto their power and refuse to sit down with the 1990 election winners, the country’s future looks bleak..."
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: Englilsh
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 6, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Suu Kyi: "Keeping options open"
Date of publication: February 1998
Description/subject: "Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent response to a question posed by a foreign journalist of forming a coalition government with the ruling junta surprised dissidents, her supporters and even her party members. The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner said: 'We are keeping all our options open'...”
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 6. No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's next Step
Date of publication: September 1997
Description/subject: Suu Kyi sent out her message at the [recent NLD] congress: "It's much more fun to be friends. We should not be enemies. We all belong to the same country." She is also fully convinced that one day, the NLD and the Slorc "will be working together hand-in-hand for the benefit of the nation."
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003