Min Aung Hlaing’s coup and its aftermath remind us that power in Myanmar has always been exercised as a personal prerogative of leadership, whether military or civilian.
Soe Win remains loyal to junta chief Min Aung Hlaing; he will continue to run the war against civilians, EAOs and PDFs while awaiting his turn as military chief.
Shan State villagers say they have been without power for nine months since they opposed Chinese attempts to fence off their land.
If he has the courage to exercise his constitutional rights as president, U Myint Swe has two opportunities left to avoid going down in Myanmar’s history as a villain.
As the rest of the country suffers crippling power and water shortages exacerbated by fuel price hikes, life in Naypyitaw is relatively normal.
In Myanmar as elsewhere, Beijing uses the geopolitical shadows to project its power.
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.
Also this week, the junta praised the farmers whose lives it has ruined, chided Ukraine for being invaded, and sought a generator for its Electricity Ministry.