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On the (Peace) Road Again: Pa(t)tani in New Conditions
A brainstorming session of activists working in Thailand’s Deep South was a venue to discuss and explore peace possibilities. Gen. Nakrob believed the discussion will move forward while a number of academics/rights activists passed on recommendations to the government. Meanwhile, civil society asked to have more participation and challenge society “what can you do?”
South talks a cause for cautious optimism
Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat The recent visit of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Malaysia marks the official resumption of the Deep South peace dialogue. The event is long-awaited since the talks were suspended for one year. I have been watching this development with cautious optimism.
THE PEACE TALK RESUMES ?
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim
Winning the hearts and minds of people
After the arson of six schools in Thung Yang Daeng District on the last Saturday, Pattani Province, Thai mainstream media unanimously reported the event and a so-called demonstrations against the crime by the local people on the last Tuesday.
AHMADSOMBOON BUALUANG - His Last and Final Journey
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim
( A dedication to a Peace activist , a co-worker, a friend and a brother ) ** Note : I received this article from the person who was travelling with him in the last trip oversea. He wants his identity to remain anonymous. I present the article as it is without edit/ alteration.The attached photo was the last just before he boarded the train - Abu Hafez Al-Hakim .
A note on the 'helps' we can provide for the people in a conflict area
I'm frequently asked by my friends who are outside the conflict area of the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand or Patani on what they can do in order to help us. Those who are working for organizations specialized in aiding and social works never ask this question, as they can be part of conflict solution by performing their duties. This question is always asked by those well-wishers whose job has nothing to do with conflict solution. The well-wishes of these people are highly appreciated, but I must confess that I'm always at a loss when met by such questions.
An account on a meeting with the military
On 16 June I received a phone call from the commander of the Special Unit of Patani. I had met him several times before, and this time he told me that an intelligence officer of the local ISOC (The Internal Security Operations Command). I new the intelligence officer too, and he said they wanted to have a talk with me while having a cup of coffee with me, so I suggested to see them in a coffee shop in front of my university in Patani City.
An Inconvenient Truth about the Deep South Violent Conflict: A Decade of Chaotic, Constrained Realities and Uncertain Resolution
In this article, an inconvenient truth about the Deep South violence is clearly shown. The unrest situation has formulated distinct characteristics depentent on protracted, uncertain, but constrained conflict. The key element is ‘INTRINSIC COUNTER-BALANCED FORCES’, formulated and becoming constitutive process in the protracted violence. It is thus crucial to keep broadening spaces for all in the region to take part in the solutions.
Speech of Mohajirin T. Ali at the Pattani Peace Festival
The following is the text of the speech delivered by Haji Mohajirin T. Ali, the representitive of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in the Patani Peace Festival on 5 January 2014 in the Central Mosque, Pattani Province, Thailand. ********************************************************
HOW CAN THE PEACE PROCESS BE TAKEN FORWORD?
What have we learned from one year of the Pa(t)tani Peace Dialogue Process? And if we would like to proceed on this undertaking, how do we make the process better? This policy paper, produced by the IPP (Insider Peacebuilders Platform), tries to find the appropriate solutions.