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Video of the week: The Kachins last stand

13 Apr

“Our strength is that we never retreat and never surrender.”

This video is a perfect summary of the events surrounding and leading up to the current war in Burma’s Norther Shan and Kachin States. While outstanding progress is made in the much of the country, the situation facing the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and its sister army, the KIA, is just one of many indicators that Burma still has a long road ahead before stabilization and growth. The story also does not end with the Kachin. The situation facing the Karen on the Thai/Burma border is nearly as unstable, with a 60+ year civil war having nominally concluded this January, it is very possible that the region will sink back into violent conflict.

Understanding these conflicts is integral to understanding the current developments in Burma. It doesnt mean sanctions shouldn’t be lifted, and praise of the new regime should not be given, just that Burma remains a massive and complex nation full of nations in perpetual conflict.

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