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  • Myanmar logjam

    Myanmar logjam

    The coup may have been driven by the military's goal to preserve its central role in Burmese politics. The Defence Services Act imposes a mandatory retirement age of 65 for the Armed Forces' Commander-in-Chief. Min Aung Hlaing, the incumbent, would have been forced to retire on his 65th birthday in July 2021

    April 6, 2021
  • Myanmar’s civil strife

    Myanmar’s civil strife

    Suu Kyi was arrested on 1 February when the military grabbed power in a coup. It alleges that a general election last year, which saw Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) win by a landslide, was fraudulent, though there is no evidence to substantiate the charge. Myanmar has been rocked by weeks of protests since the coup.

    April 4, 2021
  • Screws turned

    Screws turned

    A reporter, representing the Associated Press, was arrested while covering anti-junta protests in the biggest city of Yangon. To that can be added the latest form of military repression ~ patients were forced out of a hospital in the west of the country

    March 16, 2021
  • India orders Assam Rifles to prevent influx from Myanmar

    India orders Assam Rifles to prevent influx from Myanmar

    Top sources in the paramilitary force said that the "instructions from the top" was clear and unambiguous -- no Myanmar national should be allowed to enter India without valid visa or travel permit.

    March 7, 2021
  • Suu Kyi in court

    Suu Kyi in court

    The other is that Suu Kyi’s virtual presence in court has come a day after at least 18 protesters were killed by security forces in the bloodiest crackdown since the military takeover. Thirteen more were done to death on Wednesday.

    March 5, 2021
  • Honest broker

    Honest broker

    So, as the West continues dilly-dallying over providing direct support to the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy due to her vilification on the Rohingya issue, Asean makes the right noises in support of pro-democracy protesters but seems unwilling to do anything more, and Beijing waits patiently in the wings as its influence in Myanmar grows, India has a decision to make.

    February 26, 2021
  • Way forward

    Way forward

    The till recently ruling Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy had, it must not be forgotten, not only attempted to reduce the military’s political authority but also outright denied the Tatmadaw’s demand for an investigation into the November 2020 General Election which was the pretext used by the military dictatorship to assume all political power.

    February 16, 2021
  • Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Myanmar was controlled by military for half a century (1962-2011) until democratic reforms led by Suu Kyi ended military rule. The 2015 General elections of Myanmar were the first openly contested elections since 1990.

    February 15, 2021
  • Biden cracks whip

    Biden cracks whip

    In the net, the American President has signaled an exceptionally robust initiative against the intervention of the junta in the immediate aftermath of yet another victory of the National League for Democracy

    February 12, 2021
  • Revolutionary Change

    Revolutionary Change

    “This war has to end,” said the 46th President of the United States of America in a dramatic departure from the praxis of Trump and his support for his allies. Yemen since 2015 has been a critical storm-centre of the Arab world in the context of the war seemingly without end. All in all, Biden’s foreign policy is a revolutionary change from the Trump era.

    February 7, 2021
  • A perilous path

    A perilous path

    In Naypidaw, the electoral outcome and the change in the constitutional narrative may turn out to be shambolic yet again. Under the shadow of the soldier's gun, time has stood still in Myanmar for the past 30 years. The elections have only punctuated the narrative

    February 5, 2021
  • The many challenges before Myanmar

    The many challenges before Myanmar

    Following the 2 November 2020 election, the military-backed USDP party and the military started to criticise the election process and claimed that massive fraud had taken place in NLD’s second landslide win. The call for investigation was rejected by both the Election Commission and the government.

    February 4, 2021
  • Myanmar blocks FB till Feb 7 fearing ‘instability’

    Myanmar blocks FB till Feb 7 fearing ‘instability’

    MPT, a leading state-owned telecom operator, has blocked Facebook as well as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp on its network, reports NetBlocks that tracks global internet usage.

    February 4, 2021
  • Shambolism and Fears

    Shambolism and Fears

    Indeed, there are worries about a coup in the context of the GHQ’s threat to “take action” against the alleged fraud in the election won by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu Kyi.

    February 1, 2021
  • Military coup in Myanmar, Suu Kyi detained

    Military coup in Myanmar, Suu Kyi detained

    The state power will now be handed over to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing, according to a declaration signed by First Vice President U Myint Swe, who is currently serving as the Acting President.

    February 1, 2021
  • They, the people

    They, the people

    But there was hope that with the passage of time, the military would relax its grip and Myanmar’s democratic structures would gather strength. Certainly, there was hope that the vexed question of the Rohingya, deemed stateless in the nation they live in, would be resolved, substantially if not entirely satisfactorily.

    November 4, 2020
  • Facebook purges more fake networks targeting US, Myanmar

    Facebook purges more fake networks targeting US, Myanmar

    Over the past three years, Facebook has detected and removed over 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behaviour from its platforms.

    October 28, 2020