South Asia and Beyond

Amid COVID’s Third Wave, Myanmar Descends Into State Failure

It is sad, depressing and terrifying to see Myanmar facing a third wave of COVID-19. People are dying and crematoriums are overflowing in Yangon and elsewhere. It is a double blow to people in Myanmar, as they have been extraordinarily brave in resisting the attempted coup since February. This week, several charity groups said the […]Read More

The Coup China Saw Coming In Myanmar—And Failed To Stop

Politicians from the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) who have stayed in touch with Chinese officials since the Feb. 1 coup say Beijing was convinced in advance of the Myanmar military’s intention to overthrow the country’s elected government. These NLD figures—who have remained largely aloof from the activities of the shadow National Unity Government […]Read More

Myanmar Regime Orders Citywide Lockdown In Mandalay

Myanmar’s military regime has locked down the country’s second-largest city, Mandalay, due to a spike in Coronavirus infections in the city of more than 1 million people. Residents of the city’s seven townships were ordered to stay at home starting from dawn on Friday, in an announcement made by the regime’s Health Ministry on Thursday, […]Read More

Myanmar Junta Propaganda Books Hope To Rewrite History

Some two months after the military takeover in February, the junta-controlled Ministry of Information started publishing books that denounced the anti-regime movement and praised the junta’s State Administrative Council. Since the coup by late military dictator General Ne Win in 1962, all the information ministers, including the current minister U Chit Naing, have been ex-military […]Read More

Myanmar Junta Marks UN’s Call For Arms Trade Halt With

Myanmar military regime leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing flew out of the country on Sunday to attend a conference in Moscow. This is his second trip abroad since grabbing power from Myanmar’s democratically elected government in February. The official reason for his visit is to attend the Moscow Conference on International Security scheduled for […]Read More

Senior NLD Member Warns Of Myanmar Junta’s Plot For Illegal

National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Executive Committee member U Aung Kyi Nyunt says the military regime’s plan to abolish the party is a plot to illegally win the next general election. “As they know, there is no way to compete against the most popular party so they are trying to eliminate the NLD before […]Read More

Myanmar’s National Unity Government ‘Deeply Concerned’ With China

Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG) called on China to engage with them to find a solution to the country’s political crisis, while warning that any attempts to legitimise the military regime would risk undermining people to people relations between the two countries. In its open letter to China’s State Councilor and foreign minister Wang […]Read More

Myanmar Coup Leader Admits Not In Full Control of Country

The leader of Myanmar’s military coup admits he didn’t expect to see huge popular opposition to his rule and acknowledged that more than three months after the takeover, his regime still could not fully control the country. The candid confessions by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing came during an interview with Hong Kong-based Chinese language […]Read More