Min Aung Hlaing and Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State, are two strongmen locked in a dysfunctional relationship.
While the UN and ASEAN do nothing, the Myanmar people are trapped in an ever-increasing cycle of violence.
Given the military’s rigging and rejections of previous elections, no one believes the coup leader’s assurances that a free and fair poll will be held next year.
Lieutenant General Aung Lin Dwe is secretary of the State Administration Council not because of ability but because of his unquestioning allegiance to the coup leader.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen warns the proposed executions will provoke a very negative reaction from the international community.
Civil society and international organizations join NUG in saying the regime will use ASEAN’s humanitarian assistance as a political weapon.
With the majority of the population united in their opposition to dictatorship and ever-increasing armed resistance, tensions are rising within military circles.
Also this week, official blessing given to lethal pro-regime militias and regime introduces proportional representation to avoid another election loss.
Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
There has been little or no news of Than Shwe and his cohorts from the former junta since last year’s coup.
China’s border security and economic interests will benefit from stability in Myanmar; to achieve this, Beijing should support the people’s efforts to end military rule.
Min Aung Hlaing’s regime is enabled by a handpicked crew of opportunists comprising failed politicians, self-serving advisers and monks corrupted by proximity to power.
General Maung Maung Kyaw, once seen as close to the coup leader, oversaw junta airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians and displaced thousands more.
The military regime fails to understand that the country has changed radically since 2010.
The International community must find new ways of providing aid to the ever-increasing number of people falling into poverty under military rule.