For years Myanmar Beer dominated bars and supermarket shelves, but after the generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government last February many turned their backs on produced with a junta-backed conglomerate, along with a host of other goods made by companies linked to the armed forces, from soap to coffee. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar military’s beer sales tumble after junta boycott

When Japanese brewing giant Kirin called time on its Myanmar operations last month, the news made little difference to Kyaw Gyi — like many drinkers, he had long boycotted the…

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In this file photo taken on February 17, 2021, model, actor and singer Paing Takhon (C) attends a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. – Paing Takhon, a leading Myanmar actor, singer and model jailed for supporting pro-democracy protests has been pardoned and released, his legal team said on March 2, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar junta pardons actor jailed for dissent

Yangon (AFP) – A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model jailed for supporting pro-democracy protests has been pardoned and released, his legal team said on Wednesday. Paing Takhon, 25 — a…

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ASEAN envoy seeks Myanmar junta blessing to meet its opponents

PHNOM PENH, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A special Southeast Asian envoy to the crisis in Myanmar on Thursday said he was seeking to visit the country next month and appealed…

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A poster with pictures of people killed by Myanmar’s junta troops is seen at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) office in Mae Sot, Thailand, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Fearing junta, hundreds of Myanmar parents disown dissident children

(Reuters) – Every day for the last three months, an average of six or seven families in Myanmar have posted notices in the country’s state-owned newspapers cutting ties with sons, daughters, nieces,…

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A soldier steps out of a military vehicle outside Myanmar’s Central Bank during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Myanmar – Military and Diplomacy expected to intensify in 2022

In this second year of the Myanmar coup, activities by all parties are expected to accelerate. The stakes are high for all stakeholders as Myanmar’s military digs in. Nine prominent…

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Anti-military government protest being dispersed with tear gas by security forces in Sanchaung township in Yangon, Myanmar on March 3, 2021. (Photo by AP)

Myanmar has descended into quasi-civil war, but neither side has means to win it

While Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s coup against a civilian government one year ago has failed to achieve national unity and peace as promised, the unprecedented uprising of Myanmar’s people is…

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Few commuters ride on a mostly empty bus in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

Myanmar marks coup anniversary with silent strikes

On this day (February 1st) twelve months ago, Myanmar’s promising future, coming out of a COVID-19 lockdown, was squashed by a military coup. The following months were tumultuous, rife with…

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Myanmar shuts shop to defy junta on coup anniversary

Streets emptied and shops shuttered across Myanmar on Tuesday as people defied junta orders to go about their business with a silent strike on the first anniversary of the military coup. The junta that ended the Southeast Asian country’s brief democratic interlude…

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Customers watch Lt. Col. Henri Sandaogo Damiba address the nation on national television in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday Jan. 27, 2022. In his first address to the nation since seizing power earlier this week, Burkina Faso’s new military leader said he was going to bring back security and order to the conflict-ridden nation, and unite the country, but warned that betrayal wouldn’t be tolerated by the new regime. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso will return to constitutional order when conditions are right, military leader says

OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s new military leader Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba said on Thursday that the West African country return to constitutional order when conditions are right….

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In this image made from video, Burkina Faso mutinous soldiers walk outside the Guillaume Ouedraogo military camp in Ouagadougou, Monday Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo)

Soldiers declare military junta in control in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen mutinous soldiers declared Monday on state television that a military junta had seized control of Burkina Faso after detaining the democratically…

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Somchai Srisutthiyakorn: The man behind efforts to ‘switch off’ Senate’s power

Staunch government critic Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, who was sacked as an election commissioner in 2018 by the post-coup junta, is back in the limelight with a campaign to “switch off” the…

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Cambodia shelves first ASEAN meeting over attendance ‘difficulties’

Cambodia said on Wednesday it had postponed a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) scheduled for next week, because some ministers had expressed “difficulties”…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV and taken from a broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in Myanmar on March 2, 2021 shows Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin taking part in virtual meeting of foreign ministers and representatives of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in capital Naypyidaw. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Myanmar Radio and Television

Myanmar’s FM to attend Jan 19 retreat

Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will attend the ASEAN ministerial retreat in Siem Reap on January 18-19 in person, according to a highly placed source. The source said that…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Yangon (AFP) – A Myanmar junta court on Monday convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of three criminal charges, sentencing her to four years in prison in the latest in a slew of…

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This handout photo taken and released by National Television of Cambodia (TVK) on January 7, 2022 shows Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing waving as he meets with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in Naypyidaw. (Photo by An Khoun SamAun / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Myanmar’s junta invites resistance forces to join ceasefire talks

The military junta in Naypyidaw has asked the country’s resistance forces to join ceasefire talks and to work together to deliver effective humanitarian assistance to the needy people of Myanmar….

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) board a boat in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Save the Children says two Myanmar staff missing after burnt remains found

Save the Children said two of its Myanmar staff were missing on Saturday, after the charred remains of more than 30 people were found, in an attack a monitoring group and local media blamed on junta troops. Myanmar has been in chaos since the February coup,…

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An empty street on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in Mandalay, central Myanmar. (AP Photo)

First journalist death reported in Myanmar since February coup

(AP) — A local freelance photojournalist in Myanmar has died in military custody after being arrested last week while covering protests, colleagues and a friend of his family said Tuesday….

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“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Thai parliament votes down bills aimed at rescinding junta’s post-coup orders

Thailand’s House of Representatives today (Wednesday) rejected two bills aimed at repealing all announcements and orders, deemed to be violations of the principles of human rights and democracy, issued by…

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Battle to cancel ‘anti-democratic’ orders of Thai junta enters Parliament

A draft law seeking to repeal the post-coup junta’s executive orders is the latest attempt by civil society to uproot the legacy of the military government which ruled from May…

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This handout photo taken and released on April 24, 2021 by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing (L) being greeted during his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis. HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP

Op-Ed: Will Myanmar’s military junta soften up?

Just a few days after being sentenced to 11 years in prison, American journalist Danny Fenster was freed to go home. It was the first clear indication that Naypyidaw is…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2019 (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Myanmar junta charges Suu Kyi with fraud during 2020 polls

Yangon (AFP) – Myanmar’s junta has charged ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi with committing electoral fraud during the 2020 polls, state media reported Tuesday. Myanmar has been in turmoil since a…

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U.S. journalist Danny Fenster works out of his van that he made into a home/office in Detroit in 2018. (Fenster Family photo via AP, File)

Ex-US diplomat says Myanmar frees jailed American journalist

(AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson says American journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar. Richardson said in a statement Monday that Fenster…

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Southeast Asian summit begins without Myanmar after junta snubbed

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders kicked off an ASEAN summit Tuesday but Myanmar refused to send a representative after being angered by the bloc’s decision to exclude the…

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Junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun speaking during a live press conference organised by the military government in Naypyidaw. Myanmar’s junta threatened on October 25 to skip an ASEAN summit after the bloc said its chief could not attend over doubts of the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis. Handout / AFPTV / Myanmar Radio and Television / AFP

Myanmar threatens to skip ASEAN summit over junta chief’s exclusion

Myanmar’s junta threatened on Monday to skip an ASEAN summit after the bloc said the country’s military chief could not attend over doubts about the government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the generals ousted civilian…

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Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attends the IX Moscow conference on International Security in Moscow on June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

Myanmar says it’s committed to ASEAN peace plan, despite general’s snub

Myanmar’s military rulers pledged on Sunday to cooperate “as much as possible” with a peace plan agreed with ASEAN, despite a stern rebuke of the regional bloc for excluding the…

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Newly-released prisoners wave from a bus as they depart the Insein Prison in Yangon on October 18, 2021, after authorities announced more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s military releases prisoners, retracts court cases following ASEAN decision

Myanmar’s junta government has decided to release prisoners and cancel arrest warrants issued against thousands of people just days after ASEAN announced that it will exclude Myanmar’s representative from future…

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This photo taken on June 30, 2021 shows Myanmar Pressphoto Agency (MPA) journalist Ye Myo Khant (R) and Myanmar Now photographer Kay Zone Nway (L) posing after being released from Insein prison in Yangon, as Myanmar authorities released more than 2,000 anti-coup protesters from prisons across the country, including local journalists. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar to free more than 5,000 jailed for anti-coup protests: junta chief

Yangon (AFP) – Myanmar will release more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup which ousted the civilian government, the country’s junta chief said Monday. A total…

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In this file photo taken on February 15, 2021, Khin Maung Zaw (C), a lawyer representing detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted president Win Myint, speaks to the media outside Dekhina district court in Naypyidaw. – Khin Maung Zaw, the chief lawyer for Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said on October 15, 2021 he has been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Lawyer for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says gagged by junta

Yangon (AFP) – The chief lawyer for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations….

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Protesters prepare to burn the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping, as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Op-Ed: Myanmar’s membership of ASEAN challenged

It becomes clearer by the day that Myanmar’s military regime, headed by Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, is moving painfully slowly towards the implementation of the five-point consensus agreed in…

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(Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Death of the independent press

Since the February 1st military coup, led by the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (military), Myanmar had endured a great deal of turmoil. Several journalists have been…

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A boy walks on a bamboo bridge by his home in a poor community on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

Six months after the February 1st coup, Myanmar remains conflict-ridden as anti-coup protests continue and armed civilian militia proliferate. What is following the political crisis is an economic one, with…

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Myanmar Report: COVID-19 festers in Myanmar amidst coup woes

Amidst the political and economic turmoil, brought on by the military coup in February, Myanmar is facing yet another threat. Cases of COVID-19 have increased rapidly since May 27th, averaging…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2019 (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to overrun as prosecution needs more time

A junta trial of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will run longer than scheduled, her lawyers said Monday, with the prosecution still to call nearly two dozen witnesses. The coup-ousted…

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They turn militia when hope was lost and the killing began

What started as a largely bloodless attempt by the Tatmadaw (military) to take the reins of power in the nation, on its “correct” path, due to alleged voting fraud committed…

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Invest Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial on Monday, appearing unwell as the first witnesses took the stand in cases against her of illegally possessing…

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The wreckage of a military airplane that crashed in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region is seen on Thursday.

Myanmar military aircraft crashes, monk worshipped by Senior General dies

A military aircraft, carrying the chief monk of Zaygon Monastery and donors, has crashed due to bad weather as it tried to land at Anisakhan Airport, in the Mandalay region…

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Protesters hold banners and masks with the face of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit during a protest outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on December 3, 2020, six months after his alleged kidnapping in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

A year on from Thai activist’s kidnap in Cambodia, family in anguish but authorities silent

This month marks a year since Thai government critic Wanchalearm “Tar” Satsaksit disappeared following his apparent abduction in Cambodia on June 4, 2020. His family, friends, and fellow activists have…

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This photo taken on April 24, 2021 and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows leaders attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis in Jakarta. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Indonesian Presidential Palace” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

ASEAN delegates to visit Myanmar this week

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is currently ASEAN chairman, will lead an ASEAN delegation to visit Myanmar on Thursday in an effort by the regional grouping to help find a…

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In this April 1, 2021 photo provided by Dawei Watch news outlet, a man raises his hand with a clenched fist as he carries the coffin of 17-year old Kyaw Min Latt during a funeral procession in Dawei, Myanmar. Since the military seized control of Myanmar in a takeover on Feb. 1, more than 825 people have been killed _ well over two times the official tally _ according to watchdog group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. (Dawei Watch via AP)

73 Children Killed by Myanmar Junta Forces Since Coup

At least 73 children were killed by regime forces across Myanmar from Feb. 15 to May. 15, according to the Ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government (NUG)….

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing on Monday for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in a…

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Myoma band members on a vehicle greet water festival revelers in Mandalay in 2018. / The Irrawaddy

Beloved Myanmar Band Tarnishes Reputation by Playing for Junta Leaders

Just four years before its centenary, the longest surviving music band in Myanmar, Myoma Music Band, has found itself losing its reputation as the most prestigious band in the country….

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on March 26, 2021 shows white uniforms with black ribbons hanging on the fence of th University of Medicine, Mandalay as part of protest by members of the medical community in Mandalay against the military coup. (Photo by Handout / FACEBOOK / AFP)

Myanmar military shoots at protesting medical workers

Myanmar’s military opened fire on protesting healthcare workers Thursday, killing at least one bystander as the demonstrators fled for safety to a nearby mosque.  The country has been in turmoil…

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A man uses his mobile phone to check Facebook in Naypyidaw on March 16, 2021, as Myanmar authorities ordered telecommunication companies to restrict their services on the mobile data networks, following the February 1 military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Fueling the fear and division, it all began with the internet cuts

Digital communication has become a key factor in the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, using social media applications, from the most popular platforms like Facebook to more secure messaging apps. It…

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Police fire tear gas on protesters during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 6, 2021. (AP Photo)

UN fears ‘crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military is likely committing “crimes against humanity” in its attempt to stay in power, a UN expert said Thursday, as the junta claimed that ousted civilian leader Aung San…

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Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador vows to fight after junta fired him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use “any means necessary” to…

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A protester holds up a poster with artwork showing the moment after Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was shot during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 12, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

First death hits Myanmar’s anti-coup movement as pressure swells against generals

A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as international pressure grows…

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Residents escort police from a neighbourhood after they visited the area in an attempt to force Myanmar Railways staff to return to their jobs, following their refusal to work as part of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in protest over the military coup, in Yangon on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar junta warns public not to hide fugitive protesters

Myanmar’s new military regime warned the public not to harbour fugitive political activists on Sunday after issuing arrest warrants for veteran democracy campaigners supporting massive nationwide anti-coup protests.  Much of…

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Police stand guard along a road in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of the parliament on February 1 following the November 2020 elections which Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP)

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a…

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Pheu Thai-led alliance vows to fight on to end junta’s pursuit for power

The Pheu Thai-led coalition of seven parties today reaffirmed their determination to stop the junta and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in their efforts to retain power. Core members of the…

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TDRI slams junta for helping mobile operators at taxpayers’ expense

Thailand’s highly regarded economic think-tank has voiced its strong disagreement with the National Council for Peace and Order’s executive order extending the payment schedule of concession fees for the country’s three mobile phone operators, claiming the move…

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Chaturon accuses  junta of taking advantage of rival political parties

Thai Raksachart party strategy committee chairman Chaturon Chaisaeng has accused the junta of “taking advantage to the last minute” of rival political parties by allowing the Election Commission to redraw…

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Junta accused of seeking to replace Democrat leader Abhisit with a “nominee”

If Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is really serious about returning to power after the next elections, support from the Democrat Party would be very crucial.  And that’s why some…

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