The Myanmar military’s arrest of US citizen and journalist Danny Fenster is the latest step in the junta’s attempt to extinguish independent media. The detention of foreign citizens and all journalists will only increase support for the resistance against the military.
A report by the International Crisis Group says that Myanmar’s military is developing a local intranet system to limit access to the internet. However, it is unlikely to succeed as it lacks technological sophistication and growing international and domestic resistance.
Myanmar’s military regime has suspended thousands of academics for refusing to come to work. With the military likely to continue its clampdown on the education sector, hopes remain that Myanmar’s academics will not give in to the junta’s demands.
Facebook0TwitterReddit11Linkedinemail The Myanmar government has approved a $2.5 billion energy project which observers say is likely a Chinese investment under the Belt and Road Initiative….
As fighting intensifies between Myanmar’s military and ethnic rebel groups, civilians are being forced to flee their homes to Thailand and India. A humanitarian crisis with regional implications could erupt if the trend continues.
While calls mount for sanctions on the Myanmar military’s cash flows, analysts believe such tactics will not help change the junta’s actions.
The fundamental freedom to publish critical views on society and government is necessary for real democracy and human rights to flourish in the region.
Southeast Asian leaders have reached a muted agreement on Myanmar’s crisis at a summit that fails to condemn the military government or make any real demands of coup leader Min Aung Hlaing.
Myanmar’s coup leader needs to attend ASEAN’s upcoming emergency meeting on the situation in Myanmar on April 24 despite activists’ legitimate concerns that this elevates the junta’s profile.
With major ethnic armed groups vowing to resist the military’s deadly crackdown on dissent, Myanmar is on the cusp of civil war and further violence.