Also this week, the regime boss persisted with his electric car delusions, and—as his forces laid waste to farming communities—vowed to boost global food security.
Speaking at an economic forum, the Russian leader sought to pivot towards allies in Asia, the Middle East and Africa as his country faces a barrage of Western sanctions.
Also this week, the regime revived a failed method for reining in gold prices and—with online propaganda channels getting harder to find—unveiled a homegrown ‘YouTube’.
Also this week, the Myanmar military’s fuel monopoly began to take shape, and the regime and its ally Moscow agreed to open consulates in each other’s countries.
Also this week, the military was forced to extend its deadline for academy applicants due to a lack of interest, and the regime leader repeats Ne Win’s farm folly.
Rising fuel prices, restricted supplies and armed conflict across the country are driving numerous businesses towards bankruptcy.
As the rest of the country suffers crippling power and water shortages exacerbated by fuel price hikes, life in Naypyitaw is relatively normal.
Also this week, an ill-looking Min Aung Hlaing resurfaced to take another swing at the NLD, and the regime blamed the resistance for its inability to keep the lights on.
The junta is limiting access to fuel in places with strong resistance activity like Kachin, Sagaing and Kayah, while the Ukraine crisis has contributed to soaring prices.
The collapse in the kyat since February has made the plants’ LNG fuel unaffordable; the move is expected to see more blackouts in Yangon in the days ahead.
Freight operators cannot make a profit while the Chinese border is closed, fuel and parts prices are rising and junta roadblocks demand bribes.