Ending military rule forever is the only way to break a pattern dating to 1962 that has seen 10% of the country’s 54 mn people flee in search of a more secure future.
Ex-dictator Than Shwe once said even an atom bomb ‘as small as a bael fruit’ would do. Is Min Aung Hlaing trying to realize the dream his former boss could not fulfill?
Since the coup, an already sinister list has become much darker, with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing outdoing even his evil predecessors.
A political dissident and a rebel army officer were both executed by the then junta in the 1970s.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party has a long history of exploiting the state’s assets for its own benefit.
Than Shwe’s right-hand man Dr. Tha Yin Myat and his family are among the main donors to a $540,000 Yangon monastery likely opened to mark Min Aung Hlaing’s 66th birthday.
Junta Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is believed to want a new USDP chair to help smooth his path to the presidency.
Min Aung Hlaing’s acquisition of the exclusive Yangon residence at 14 Inya Road reveals his greed and corruption.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party will elect new leaders next month ahead of the proposed 2023 election.
Min Aung Hlaing has decorated regime figures and spent hundreds of billions of kyats on titles and pensions when the economy is in chaos.
Also this week, the regime goes into defensive mode as it puts its troops on “emergency alert” and Karen State has become the deadliest place in Myanmar for junta soldiers.
Min Aung Hlaing paid his first visit to Than Shwe since the middle of last year, at a time when the regime faces steadfast resistance to military rule.
There has been little or no news of Than Shwe and his cohorts from the former junta since last year’s coup.
Regime boss Min Aung Hlaing is also unrivaled in his brutality and cruelty, which exceed those of even his notorious predecessors Ne Win and Than Shwe.
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.