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Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2016-12-24 10:19
TWO YEARS OF PEACE DIALOGUE - A small step forward.   Abu Hafez Al-Hakim ( The author is a member of MARA Patani's Dialogue Panel in the Peace Dialogue Process)   By 1 December   2016 the Peace Dialogue Process between the representatives of  Thai (military) government and that of MARA Patani, an umbrella organization representing  Patani movements, passed the 2 year milestone. Towards the end of 2015 in December the Technical Teams of both sides were discussing the Terms of Reference (TOR). Meetings and communications were conducted through Malaysian facilitation .  On 10 January 2016 the...
Arfan Wattana 2016-10-23 17:45
  This 25th October will be the 12th anniversary of the Takbai tragedy, an incidence that is deeply felt by many of the Patani people, not only the relatives of the victims. Many people from Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Songkhla went to demonstrate in front of a police station in Takbai district, Narathiwat province which borders Malaysia. People were protesting the arrest of six, individuals who had been accused of  stealing weapons from the military. The protesters believed that those six people were wrongly accused by the police.   The Thai authority responded to the protesters with...
Shintaro 2016-10-09 01:06
  I have been living in the Pattani town since 1999, when I was a master’s degree student of the Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At that time I was doing my research on a comparative study between the local Malay dialect spoken there and the standard Malay mainly used in Malaysia.  I first watched the news on the September 11 attacks in a small restaurant, famous for its nice dish of chicken rice, on the road which leads to Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus. I had frequented the restaurant until the owner finally moved out of the region. Now...
DeepSouthWatch 2016-09-23 00:48
Zachary Abuza There is nothing harder than a peace process after a protracted insurgency. And since so few insurgencies have the military capabilities to fully achieve their goal of statehood, a negotiated settlement is the most likely outcome. But that does not mean that a peace process will succeed. There are many pitfalls. In my forthcoming study of the peace processes in Southeast Asia, I found there are 20 factors that are essential to any peace process between a government and a sub-state insurgent group. While not all need to present in a peace process, without a majority, a peace...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2016-05-19 11:04
Dissecting the  T-O-R Abu Hafez Al-Hakim (* The author is a member of MARA Patani Dialogue Panel. The views expressed in this article are  personally his and do not reflect the official views of MARA Patani )   The latest meeting of the Join Working Group - Peace Dialogue Process ( JWG-PDP) , the official name of  the ( unofficial ) peace talk between the Thai (military) Government (TmG) and the Patani liberation movements (MARA Patani), was on 27 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur . The Head of Party A, Gen. Aksara Kerdpol informed the meeting that the TmG was not ready to endorse the Terms of...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2016-01-19 16:11
( This is the English version of "MARA Patani bertemu OIC - satu penjelasan" published in the MARA Patani  web page on 18 January 2016 http://www.suaramarapatani.org/2016/01/18/mara-patani-bertemu-oic-satu-p... )   MARA Patani met OIC - a clarification On 10 January 2016 the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Coorpration(OIC), Dr. Iyad Ameen Madani unofficially met a delegation of MARA Patani in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Madani was in transit on his working visit to this region. The much "sensationalised" encounter stemmed from an informal peace dialogue process meeting between MARA...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2015-12-01 08:43
 ONE YEAR of PEACE DIALOGUE - where are we ? ( Abu Hafez Al-Hakim is a member of MARA Patani peace dialogue panel. This article reflects his personal view , not the official view of MARA Patani) 1 December 2015 marks one year of Patani/Southern Thailand peace dialogue process. We might call it dialogue 2.  In an official visit to Kuala Lumpur, the  Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha met his counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia on 1 December 2014.  Both agreed  to resume the peace process that was suspended towards  the end of 2013 due to political turmoil  in Bangkok....
People College 2015-10-04 13:47
‘Patani with sovereignty and spirit of freedom’ Speech by Prof. Zam: Patani Vision 2020 Sat. 2015 – 07-11 17:51 Imron Sahoh and the editorial group of Deep South Journalism School On 9th July, 2015, Deep South Watch website publicized a special speech given by Professor Dr. Kamarulzaman Askandar from University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), a coordinator of Southeast Asia Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN) on the topic Arah Tuju Patani (Direction of Patani) at the third forum on Patani / Deep South Vision 2020 (Wawasan Patani 2020 3rd : Arah Tuju Patani), organized by People College at the auditorium...
People College 2015-10-02 13:39
The Challenge of People’s College with the Opening  Common Space for Permanently Peace Resolution in Patani/Deep South Thailand  Insider’s Missions for Peace The situation of conflicts in Deep South Thailand/Patani, over a decade until now, is regarded as difficult and challenging proposition for every government.  The preceding problem solving is still lack of participation and public sphere for people. Due to the operation of peace talk taken part only by conflict pairs is not enough to find solution in peace process in Deep South/Patani. It is not only Thai authorities and alliance of...

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