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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.



10 February 2014

In the Virunga region of eastern DR Congo, lies lands so rich entire mountains are made of gold, where rainfalls wash gold down the mountainside till the sand shines with it and villagers get on their hands and knees to pick gold off the roads, and women are said to pan several pounds of it a day by the river. I never would have believed such stories until I saw it first hand– the first muzungu (foreigner) on this mountain in 50 years. A trip that took our small team of 3 weeks to organize turned out to be a last minute, almost frantic dash for the border, and freedom.  As they say, “Plans mean nothing, but planning is everything”


Letter from Thais to Dutch Government


Published: 10 February 2014

This letter rendered in three languages: English, Thai, Dutch.

Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie

Laan Copes van Cattenburch 54

Utrecht, 30 January 2014

Dear Partyleader, Members of VVD and Friends of Thailand,

We write this letter to explain why millions of people take to streets to demand reforms before the next election, as reported daily on the news. However, many western media sources have been misguided and show a lack of understanding of the Thai political crisis.

The peaceful and non-violent protests began in October 2013, whose main goals are the eradication of the Thaksin authoritarian government and the legal and political reform, such as of the election and political party laws, before the free and fair election takes place.

On 9th December, 2013 the government was dissolved and an election was scheduled on 2nd February, 2014. The reason for the people to demand reform before election is because if the election were to take place the corrupt Pheu Thai Party, led by Yingluck Shinawatra who is backed by her brother, former PM Thanksin Shinawatra, would win the election again, largely as a result of vote buying and their populist policies.

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Press Statement by PDRC Spokesperson Akanat Promphan: 9 Feb. 2014

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09 February 2014

Dear Members of the Press:

Please find attached a press statement from PDRC spokesperson Akanat Promphan dated 9 Feb. 2014, which we have attached in pdf format (we will circulate the jpeg version in a separate e-mail). It is two pages long and contains 1 image.

As usual, we urge you to exercise extreme caution in handling all information about the PDRC received from non-PDRC sources.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have so please do not hesitate to contact us.

PDRC press team

twitter: @cmdthai


Burma Army Continues Attacks in Nam Lim Pa Area, Kachin State

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9 February 2014
Kachin State, Burma

The Burma Army continues attacks in Nam Lim Pa area in their attempt to drive out the Kachin people and control this part of Kachin State.

Burma-Army-RPG-Team-Kong-Run-2-Feb-2014Burma Army RPG Team in Kong Run, Kachin State, on 2 February 2014.

The Burma Army continues its attacks with Burma Army Battalions 276 and 601, and other troops from Northern Command attacking between Nam Han, Nam Gau, Nam Lim Pa and Kong Run Villages, south of Bhamo, Kachin State, Burma. The attacks began on the morning of 30 January 2014, when Burma Army troops attacked Nam Gau Village, capturing over 20 villagers, merchants, truck drivers and trucks. They looted the village, destroyed and scattered the families’ belongings, taking captives and 24 trucks with over 100 tons of wood back to the area between Nam Han and Kong Run.

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Assessment of the Current Situation in Burma

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30 January 2014

Burma is in the midst of change and we want to report to you what is happening, both good and bad. We are grateful for those who have brought greater freedoms to Burma. We also want to stand with those who have not yet experienced those freedoms and are still under attack. Thank you for your prayers and support.

A summary of the situation as we see it now in January 2014

Good news and improvement in some areas:

1.Aung San Suu Kyi holds a position in parliament and she, along with others continue to work for more freedom, reforms and justice in Burma.

2.There are some in the government at higher levels who do want to change the constitution and establish reforms before the 2015 elections.

3.Many political prisoners have been released and there is greater political freedom.

4.Censorship and travel restrictions have been eased.

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