Land of Jade

Land of Jade; A journey through insurgent Burma

1990 By Bertil Lintner

Published by Kiskadale

'Land of Jade' must be one of the most unique of travel adventures since the Second World War.

Bertil Lintner, right, interviews former Kachin Independence Organization chairman Brang Seng in Pa Jau, Kachin State, in September 1986.

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Decreased fighting, increased tension: RCSS/SSA

According to the annual report submitted to the 15th annual meeting of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), 12-14 January, at its main base on the Thai-Burmese border, the number of clashes between the Burma Army and the SSA had dropped to a third of last year’s figur

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Peace process in limbo, when ceasefire is a joke

Col Sao Swy Mangrai, Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), was asked during a meeting, “How’s the ceasefire going?” In response, he stretched out his arms like he was holding a gun and said, “Like this. Cease! (releases the trigger and lowers the gun) Fire!

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Burma Army continues troop deployment to SSPP/SSA areas, despite promising to withdraw

Despite a promise to the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) by the Burma Army’s Central Eastern Commander that government troops would be withdrawn from contested SSPP/SSA areas, troop reinforcements are still being sent into the area.

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Convincing international community biggest challenge for war-on-drugs critics: researcher

The Burmese military is clearly involved in the drug production and trade in Burma but convincing the international community would be the most daunting task, according to a British researcher speaking to researchers in Chiangmai last week.


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Govt militias say poppies can be grown until 2019

The government may be launching poppy destruction campaigns to please the foreign governments, but the real fact is that farmers have also been told they are free to grow opium poppies until 2019, according to sources visiting the border.

Burma in Revolt; Opium and Insurgency Since 1948

This is perhaps the most authoritative and useful books on the subjects of insurgency and the drug trade in Burma. At over 500 pages including 5 Appendices and complete with index, bibliography, maps, time lines and photographs the book’s main attraction is the thorough and well researched material that Lintner has managed to accrue over decades of travel across the top of Myanmar particularly the Shan States. A high regard for his published work on the drug trade in Asia puts him at the top of his field.


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Prisoners paraded on Chinese TV before execution

By China correspondent Stephen McDonnell Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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Of Artists and Rebels.

As promised to Bek on fb, sorry about the delay, allowances must be made for the solstice.


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