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Burma’s ruling clique currently has military offensives underway against a swathe of ethnic nationalities in the run-up to elections it says it has planned for next year.

The State Peace and Development Council also has warships in a standoff with Bangladesh, the result of more than half a century’s failure to demarcate a common maritime border.

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It also stands accused of trying to acquire nuclear arms technology from North Korea and Russia.

In the most southeastern areas of Burma and stretching into the north abutting Karenni State, the junta is at war with the Karen – as it has been since 1949.

To the immediate north, the Karenni live in misery, with much of their territory to be flooded by dams along the Salween River and its tributaries from which they will reap no benefit.

In the massive territory that constitutes Shan State and includes the ethnic Chinese enclaves of the Wa, Kokang and Mongla people, the SPDC is buildings its military presence, an ominous sign it intends to purge the region of dissidents and rebels before its election.

In an editorial this week ((week of Oct 11-17)), Burma’s state newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, appealed to the United States for assistance in its anti-narcotics efforts, naming the United Wa State Army as its nemesis.

The Kokang people, clustered to the north of the Wa region and the Mongla, to the Wa’s south, have been tarred with the same brush.

The junta is currently positioning artillery in range of those regions.

Along the Indian border the Naga people maintain a campaign of resistance to centralised governance as they watch India strike deals on dams that will change the face of the Chindwin River forever.

Ironically the electricity generated by the planned massive hydropower schemes will be taken by high voltage lines to Uttar Pradesh, or Indian Kashmir, in a bid for peace through development inevitably at Burma’s expense.

Near the border with Bangladesh, the Muslim Rohingya people still pay astronomical fees to be thrown into unseaworthy vessels to make a break for Malaysia.

In short, the SPDC is at war with its own people.

Neighbouring Thailand is expecting clashes with the Burmese military as it forces people out of the country and the Thais will be on high alert for the next few months along their border stretching more than 2000km

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