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Myanmar raising bloodthirsty death squads

Violence in Myanmar is spreading across rural and urban spaces like bushfires, with military arson campaigns consuming communities throughout the so-called Dry Zone, bolstered by air strikes and heavy artillery blasts to terrorize civilians…

A not quite fine balance

Russia’s brutal invasion into Ukraine, which has led to the death and displacement of millions, has not come without a cost. As Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine border towns and Western powers began to apply economic sanctions in the hopes…

Disobedience for the sake of democracy

movement began with doctors and other health workers who pinned red ribbons on their clothing and stopped going to work. Then the teachers followed suit, as did diplomats, railway workers, and staff from the energy and other departments.

Myanmar nun who faced down a junta

Almost a year after she knelt in the dust to beg Myanmar police not to shoot anti-coup demonstrators, Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng still shakes at the memory of the day she says God saved her. A photo of the Catholic nun in a simple white…

Myanmar woman raped, body set on fire

PRACHIN BURI A Thai man has admitted to abducting a Myanmar colleague, raping her and later setting her body on fire after she drowned while he was trying to flee with her by jumping into a pond. Police arrested Boonlai Buaman, 27, an…

UN alarmed by Myanmar military moves

GENEVA The United Nations voiced alarm today at Myanmar’s military junta deploying heavy weapons and troops to particular townships, fearing for the civilian population. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the…

Rohingya leader in Bangladesh shot dead

COX'S BAZAR Unidentified assailants on Wednesday (Sept 29) shot dead a top Rohingya community leader during a refugee camp within the Bangladesh resort district of Cox's Bazar, officials said. Mohib Ullah was talking with other…

Thai border force arrests 14 Myanmar Migrant

KANCHANABURI, Thailand Fourteen illegal Myanmar migrants are arrested in a border area in Muang district on Thursday morning. A joint patrol of soldiers from the Lat Ya Task Force and native police found the foreigners, seven of whom…

Myanmar as opposition urges ‘defensive war’

At least 20 people are killed in fighting between militias and Myanmar’s security forces, consistent with witnesses and Myanmar media, within the worst violence since opponents of the military government called in the week for a “people’s…

The murky fringes of Myanmar’s civil war

Jesua Lynn On March 23, 2021, Tuesday, the military junta that plunged Myanmar into political turmoil proved how heartless their quest for power is. That afternoon, armed forces were conducting a raid at the Chanmyathazi township in…

Myanmar’s youth resistance among

Saw Yan Naing Htar Htet Htet, 32, has swapped her gowns for guns, having joined the ranks of a growing number of young people in Myanmar who were initially part of the peaceful demonstrations against the military junta but have since taken…

ASEAN leaders to visit Myanmar soon

JAKARTA, Indonesia Amid a continuing chaos in Myanmar since the Feb.1 military coup, the leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are planning to visit Myanmar. Further information about the visit is not available…

Myanmar 100 days: three female activists

YANGON They have given up everything and are working in the shadows to overthrow the junta. A hundred days on from the military coup that ended Myanmar's brief dalliance with democracy, three women tell about their lives and their…

Myanmar junta detains Japanese journalist

A Japanese freelance journalist detained by security forces in Myanmar's largest city Yangon has been investigated for allegedly spreading fake news, the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar said Monday. Yuki Kitazumi, a former reporter for the…

Myanmar: At least 701 killed during protests

The death toll in Myanmar rose to 701 from protests against a military coup and the arrest of elected government officials. A daily report by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said there were new casualties from areas…

Myanmar junta killed 320 people: Rights group

Yangon At least 320 people have been killed by military crackdown during ongoing anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, according to latest figures revealed by a rights watchdog. “A total of 2,981 people have been arrested, charged or…

Timeline: The two weeks since Myanmar’s coup

Here is a timeline of events since Myanmar’s military took power in a coup on Monday, February 1. Feb 1: Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior figures from the National League for Democracy (NLD) are detained in an early…

A coup in Myanmar, but to what end

On 1 February, Media reported that a ‘major cabinet reshuffle’ had just been announced in Myanmar. That’s a euphemistic way of describing what took place across the country beginning in the early hours that day. Another term is ‘military…

Ghosts of coups past in Myanmar

Mary Callahan It has been a decade since urban residents of Myanmar had seen armoured vehicles on the streets. This streak was broken in late January 2021 as tensions between the military and the civilian government-elect escalated into…

Thousands protest against coup in Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar  Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the first such demonstration since the generals seized power.…

Anti-coup tweets take off in Myanmar

SINGAPORE Since Myanmar’s new military rulers imposed a temporary blockade on Facebook on Thursday, thousands in the country have joined Twitter, according to app downloads estimate. Many are using the platform and pro-democracy…

A diminished Suu Kyi, a diminished Myanmar

Syed Badrul Ahsan Countries need armies. Some armies need countries. There have been soldiers in modern times who have occupied their own countries and kept them in their grip for long periods of time. The Myanmar army needed a country,…

G-7 condemns military coup in Myanmar

TOKYO Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized countries on Wednesday condemned the military coup in Myanmar and called for the release of all people "unjustly detained" including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "We…

Myanmar generals in firm control after coup

Yangon, Myanmar Myanmar’s generals appeared in firm control Tuesday a day after a surgical coup that saw democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi detained, as they offered silence to a barrage of global condemnation. There were few signs of…

Military rule just made official

The military coup in Myanmar on Monday must not been seen as a surprise. Since the forming of the government about five years ago, the government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has never been in charge due to the system of governance under the…

Poetic justice in Myanmar?

Back in 2015, in advance of the elections that brought her to power, I wrote what was then one of the first critical takes on Aung San Suu Kyi for the New York Times. Even then, Suu Kyi's failure to stand up for the rights of the…

Myanmar military and its coup

Maung Zarni Myanmar's military staged a coup, detaining the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint early Monday, just hours before the scheduled start of the first session of the new parliament. The…

Myanmar coup: What we know so far

Yangon, Myanmar The Myanmar military's seizure of power on Monday follows weeks of tensions with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government. Suu Kyi and other top civilian leaders were taken into custody by soldiers on the…

Rohingya case may face delay at The Hague

A final decision at the UN’s top court in the legal battle against Myanmar for the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims could be delayed, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is first set to rule on objections filed by Myanmar. A…

Democracy in Myanmar still under threat

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) secured a landslide victory in November’s 2020 general election. The NLD’s massive win was shocking even for close observers of Myanmar politics, who…

At the root of the crisis lies Myanmar

While one appreciates the concern that North American imams and Muslim leaders have for the Rohingya population, it serves to become another example of certain segments of the international community’s compulsion to provide sanctimonious…

Myanmar’s move

For a true resolution to the Rohingya crisis, two things need to happen without any compromise. The first is the voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya to their homeland of Rakhine under the right conditions. This means that they must be…

COVID-19 deaths continue to mount in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar confirmed 15 new COVID-19 linked deaths during the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 61 as of Friday. A daily release from the Health and Sports Ministry on Friday stated 15 more COVID-19 patients with…

UN: Myanmar fails to resolve Rohingya crisis

Myanmar has failed to take necessary measures to resolve the Rohingya crisis, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. Speaking at the opening of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council…

Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

Yangon,Myanmar The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 1,058 as of Thursday morning, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports. A total of 63 COVID-19 confirmed cases including 41 local…

World now has nearly 80 million refugees: UN

GENEVA The UN Refugee Agency on Thursday said an unprecedented 79.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2019, with Turkey hosting the highest number of people forced to leave their homes. "UNHCR has not seen a higher total,"…

Myanmar President U Win Myint meets PM Modi

New Delhi Myanmar President U Win Myint met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House here on Thursday and discussed a wide range of bilateral issues. The visiting dignitary, earlier today, had called on External Affairs…

Myanmar arrests 48 Rohingya fleeing camps

PETHEIN Nearly 50 Rohingya Muslims have been detained at sea by Myanmar's navy, a local official said Friday, the latest from the persecuted minority to be caught trying to flee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar's restive Rakhine state. It…

Rohingyas finally await justice: ICC

DHAKA The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has expressed optimism that justice will finally be done to Rohingyas though this is going to be a long, hard and challenging process of investigation. "Justice…

Feeling the pressure

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and is commonly known as the world court. It settles legal disputes submitted by states and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred…

Tragic fate follows Rohingya in India

NEW DELHI, India Even as recent international attention has rekindled hope among displaced Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, hundreds of them living in India fear another displacement as the fallout of recently enacted controversial citizenship…

President Xi in Myanmar to push for BRI plan

YANGON, Myanmar Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to be a primary issue of discussion in Myanmar on Friday during a landmark official state visit by the Chinese president to the country. More than 100 police officers…

Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar next week

Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit neighboring Myanmar next week amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Myanmar has been a close ally in backing China's claims in the…

Aung San Suu Kyi by amid genocide

A Nobel Peace Prize winner once hailed as her country’s Nelson Mandela has stood by as ethnically motivated violence and mass atrocities tear apart her country. Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 (out of 21) years under…

word against regulation

When the printing press first began spreading throughout Europe in the 15thand 16thcenturies, it brought with it a revolution in and democratization of ideas. Scripture and scientific text were spread rapidly and was readily accessible to…