Rather than taking responsibility for not acting early, the coup leader has blamed the new variants for the high infection and death tolls.
Villagers from Yinmarbin have fled into the forests after junta troops raided their villages and ransacked their homes; the troops are hunting PDF fighters in the area.
Despite the wishful thinking of the past decade, the Tatmadaw leadership have never accepted basic democratic norms like elections, and they never will.
Urging people to take refuge in Buddha is seen as a sign of the regime’s desperation—and highly ironic, given its forces’ record of beating monks and murdering civilians.
A total of five doctors volunteering for a Yangon charity were arrested; the regime appears to be targeting medics working independently of official anti-COVID efforts.
Amid a deadly COVID-19 outbreak, only soldiers and patrolling military vehicles were seen at sites in Yangon associated with assassinated independence hero Gen. Aung San.
Today we remember the killings of Gen. Aung San and his colleagues in 1947; the independence hero’s daughter has suffered an even worse fate than his.
U Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo is accused of leading a civilian defense force in Hlaing Township, in the latest move by the regime to link NLD members to ‘destructive actions’.
With the public refusing to pay bills and thousands of energy workers on strike or fired, the junta is unable to meet the country’s power needs, a group of experts said.
The coup makes Wa integration with the rest of Myanmar even less likely; for now, both the UWSA and the junta will make the most of mutually beneficial ties with China.
After five months of worsening instability on its border, Beijing would be open to a negotiated settlement, some NLD insiders say.
The NLD, NUG and CRPH should coordinate with ethnic civil society leaders, who have the infrastructure in place to help people affected by conflict, COVID and poverty.
Draconian persecution and powerful social forces mean that there are, effectively, no longer any celebrities in Myanmar.
Beijing’s steadfast support for repressive military regimes in the post-independence era provides sufficient evidence, but examples can be found throughout history.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are all reportedly unwilling to compromise on their candidates; the junta is said to prefer the latter option but has been unresponsive.