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    Something rotten in the ANC state

    • Hilary Wainwright
    20 November 2012
    Paper

    The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners at Marikana symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has grown in the 18 years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. Hilary Wainwright reports on how formerly loyal ANC activists are turning against their government

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    Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics

    08 June 2010
    Policy briefing

    Resolution of Burma's longstanding ethnic crises is integral to the achievement of real peace, democracy and constitutional government

  3. Ethnicity without Meaning, Data without Context

    24 February 2014
    Policy briefing

    The 2014 Population and Housing Census is the most significant ethnic and political boundary-making exercise since 1931, however its colonial-era designations and simplifications are likely to raise ethnic tensions at a critical time in the peace process.

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    Burma's Cease-fires at Risk

    • Tom Kramer
    15 September 2009

    In August the Burma army occupied the Kokang region after several days of fighting, ending two decades of cease-fire with the ethnic minority group. The resumption of fighting in northern Burma raises speculation about the other cease-fires. Tensions are rising and the cease-fire groups have put their armed forces on high alert.

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    Assessing Burma/Myanmar’s New Government

    19 April 2012
    Policy briefing

    Burma is in the midst of its most important period of political transition in over two decades. TNI and BCN hosted a conference to look at the challenges and opportunities in five key areas: politics, ethnic relations, the economy, social and humanitarian affairs, and the international landscape.

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    Ethnic Peace and Political Participation

    23 August 2012
    Report

    Ceasefires have been agreed; the NLD has elected representatives in the national legislatures; Western sanctions are being lifted; and the World Bank and other international agencies are returning to set up office in the country. Such developments are likely to have a defining impact on ethnic politics, which remains one of the central challenges facing the country today.

  7. Political Reform and Ethnic Peace in Burma/Myanmar

    08 April 2015
    Policy briefing

    For many citizens a countdown begins to a crucial general election later this year, with warnings of a halt in reform momentum and a more troubling reality behind many of the socio-political changes in the country.

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    Beyond the Triangle of Emancipation

    • Tom Reifer
    23 August 2012
    Book

    In 2009, the song Changes, by Tupac Amaru Shakur, was put on the Pope’s playlist. What is Tupac’s significance, in light of his making the Pope’s playlist and the realities facing African-Americans today in the context of the USA's overpacked prison system, the largest in world history?

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    Civil Society Gaining Ground

    • Tom Kramer
    15 November 2011
    Report

    Local organisations have adopted different strategies towards the authoritarian government in Burma. Focussing on the dynamics of civil society Tom Kramer looks into the possibilities and risks of growing international interest in engagement with these groups.

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    Burma: Neither War Nor Peace

    05 July 2009
    Report

    Whilst a twenty year ceasefire still holds, there is unlikely to be peace and democracy in Burma without a political settlement that addresses ethnic minority needs and goals.

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    Burma’s ethnic militias play waiting game

    24 September 2009
    In the media

    The maps say the town of Mong La is located in Burma but to the casual observer it could be China.

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    Burma's Junta Intensifies Bid For Unification

    25 September 2009
    In the media
    The maps say that the town of Mong La is located in Burma, but to the casual observer, it could be China.
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    Kachin conflict puts Myanmar reforms to the test

    14 May 2013
    In the media

    Struggle in resource-rich state weighs in on new political system. The Kachin conflict is a unique test case, says Tom Kramer, a Myanmar-based analyst with the Transnational Institute.

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    Hopes Were High for Burma But Is the Honeymoon Over?

    Thin Lei Win
    10 March 2014
    In the media

    Three years ago, a quasi-civilian government took office in Burma, shedding the country’s pariah image and introducing democratic reforms that have won widespread praise. Yet events last week have raised doubts about the government’s reformist credentials and its commitment to a genuine democratic transition.

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    Critics worry Myanmar census could be fiasco, worsening ethnic repression and persecution

    Thin Lei Win
    26 February 2014
    In the media

    Human rights groups are concerned that Myanmar’s first census in 30 years will inflame ethnic tensions, further marginalise ethnic groups and be used as a tool for repression - especially against stateless Rohingya Muslims who are already denied basic human rights.

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    Burma mobs put census in doubt as western aid workers flee violence

    Kathleen E. McLaughlin
    02 April 2014
    In the media

    Angry Buddhist protesters rampage through streets as country's first census for 30 years opens up ethnic tensions

  17. Burma’s peace process still fragile

    Karen News
    26 August 2012
    In the media

    Positive political changes in Burma – including the release of 1,500 political prisoners – have unfolded rapidly since a flawed election saw ex-general Thein Sein come into power in 2011. But reform is “still at a tentative and early stage”.

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    First Person: Bomb blasts and an ‘encounter’

    Mahtab Alam Delhi
    22 September 2009
    In the media
    It has been almost a year since police randomly picked up young Muslims from a Muslim ghetto in Delhi full of aspiring students and youngsters from small towns seeking a professional career.
  19. Nu begint het moeilijke werk

    Minka Nijhuis
    13 April 2012
    In the media

    De oppositie in Burma behaalde op 1 april een klinkende verkiezingsoverwinning. De verwachtingen zijn hoog gespannen. Te hoog?


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    Como responder a la islamofobia en EE.UU.

    Phyllis Bennis
    09 November 2007
    Article

    La actual cruzada islamofóbica en EE.UU. refleja una satanización racista profundamente arraigada de las comunidades musulmanas que, si no se reacciona, podría consolidar la demagogia racista como una parte “legítima” del discurso público.

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