Tokyo appears to be distancing itself from ex-politician Hideo Watanabe, whose reported friendship with Min Aung Hlaing has done little to rein in his regime’s abuses.
Reports that the junta’s crackdown on political foes has diverted resources from drug interdiction recycle old fallacies about the narcotics trade in Myanmar.
The much-vaunted size of the junta’s forces may not prove to be decisive in the conflict the country faces.
The military’s crude messaging is a flashback to the discredited propaganda of previous regimes and only underscores the fact that nothing it says can be believed.
Than Shwe envisioned permanent political supremacy for the military. Thein Sein’s attempt to realize it was rejected by the people. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup is Plan B.
The military regime said November’s general election—which was verified as free and fair by local and foreign poll monitors—violated the constitution and election laws.
The party embodies the people’s desire for a better future; Gen Z activists’ ingenuity and determination offer hope that the struggle to achieve this is in good hands.
Myanmar’s military and Lukashenko’s autocratic regime have been quietly building ties, focused on arms sales, for over a decade; contact remains close following the coup.
Do the Tatmadaw’s generals and their cohorts believe the absurd fictions they use to justify their takeover and repressive rule? The answer is probably yes.
With the support of foreign and domestic backers, the PDF and other armed civilian groups will likely become much stronger, better armed and more structured.
Economic interests and the bloc’s adherence to noninterference continue to overwhelm any qualms that may exist regarding the junta’s violence and rights violations.
Following its predecessors' footsteps, the current regime is already publishing books claiming the coup was essential to defend Myanmar.
If the nature of the conflict can be maintained as a national uprising, the military balance favors revolution by sheer force of numbers and willpower.
A US author’s account of the challenges facing a Kachin activist/businessman and a Bamar photojournalist takes on added resonance in the wake of the Feb. 1 military coup.
In the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar’s military sealed its political power with a new charter.