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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Protesters holding National League for Democracy (NLD) flags and raising three-finger salutes shout slogans during flash protests against the military coup at Bahan township in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Journal: Fake social media accounts spring up to spread false information in Myanmar

June 24 – Suddenly, there are many new accounts, disguised as both established media and general users, appearing on social media platforms, such as Facebook, spreading false information. One piece…

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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: Thailand’s dilemma in Myanmar’s crisis 

Last week Thailand joined other 35 UN members in abstaining from a major UN Security Council resolution on the situation in Myanmar. The country did so with a heavy heart…

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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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A protester uses a fire extinguisher as others holding homemade shields run during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution for arms embargo on Myanmar

Thailand was among 36 countries which abstained from voting on the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution calling for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar, urging the military…

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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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Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

Leader of Myanmar’s military junta Gen Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that he didn’t expect to see huge popular opposition to his rule and acknowledged that more than three months…

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Students wait outside classrooms in Sittwe, capital of western Rakhine State on June 1, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Schools reopen amidst political conflict and COVID-19 outbreak

Basic education schools across Myanmar finally reopened on June 1st, after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, followed by the coup in February. While critics say the forced…

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Myanmarese residents in Japan and supporters protest against the military takeover, outside the Fukuda Denshi Arena where the Asian qualification soccer match between Myanmar and Japan for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is held, in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Friday, May 28, 2021. The placard reads “Myanmar soccer team does not represent the country.”(Kyodo News via AP)

Myanmar Journal: “The laws of an illegitimate government mean nothing”

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the June Myanmar Journal. May 29 – As the…

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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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People use their mobile phones to check the connection an internet shop in Naypyidaw. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: The internet resumes to encourage more use of online banking services

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the May Myanmar Journal. April 28 – Myanmar’s…

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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 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. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Stability before ASEAN proposals to be considered — Myanmar junta leader

Myanmar military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said he will consider proposals by ASEAN to solve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar after peace and stability is restored in his country….

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Anti-coup protesters hold a banner as they march along a street in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: ASEAN five-point consensus and the reality of the people of Myanmar

Despite Indonesia being adamant that the invitation of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to the ASEAN summit is not, and should not be seen as any form of legitimization of…

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Southeast Asian leaders met Myanmar’s top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, April 24, 2021. (Laily Rachev, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

ASEAN leaders reach consensus on Myanmar crisis

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached a five-point consensus on the crisis in Myanmar on Saturday, calling for an immediate cessation of violence in the country…

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This handout photo taken on April 24, 2021 and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows leaders attending the ASEAN summit on the Myanmar crisis in Jakarta. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Myanmar agreed to end violence against civilians

Myanmar has accepted a proposal to stop violence against civilians, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday after an ASEAN meeting on the crisis in Myanmar. Malaysian news agency…

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(Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

A missed opportunity in Jakarta for PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday that he would not attend the special ASEAN summit in Jakarta this Saturday to address the ongoing crisis…

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Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing

Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN summit

Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing will attend the ASEAN summit scheduled to be held in Jakarta on April 24, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanee Sangrat has confirmed. Tanee…

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Members of the medical community hold up the three finger salute at the funeral of Khant Nyar Hein at his funeral in Yangon on March 16, 2021, after the first year medical student was shot dead during a crackdown by security forces on protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: “They want students to be stupid”

It is now over 2 months since Myanmar’s military coup on February 1st, ousting the elected civilian government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Over 700 people have…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 4, 2021 shows a protester making the three-finger salute while holding posters with others featuring detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Insein township. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta’s tough crackdown on dissent rolls on. The 75-year-old Nobel laureate…

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Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: The coup and the use of all weapons possible

When it comes to Myanmar’s military, under the leadership of its commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, it is no surprise that religious and other superstitious beliefs play a big role in…

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Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing

Global condemnation after bloodiest day since Myanmar coup

Defence chiefs from a dozen countries on Sunday jointly condemned the bloodbath in Myanmar a day earlier, when at least 107 people — including seven children — were killed as…

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Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reviews the troops during an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Saturday, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: Armed Forces Day sees bloodiest crackdown

As Myanmar’s military (Tatmadaw) celebrates its annual Armed Forces Day, anti-coup protestors across the country are steadily being slaughtered. By midday, at least 20 have been killed in places like…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV and taken from a broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in Myanmar on March 23, 2021 shows junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun speaking during a news conference held by the military government in Naypyidaw. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar junta defends crackdown, vows to stop ‘anarchy’

Myanmar’s junta on Tuesday defended its seven-week crackdown that has left more than 260 democracy protesters dead, insisting it would not tolerate “anarchy”. The junta has unleashed deadly violence as…

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Anti-coup protesters abandon their makeshift barricade and run as policemen charge in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photos)

BBC journalist ‘missing’ as junta crackdown triggers Yangon exodus

A Burmese journalist with the BBC’s Myanmar language news service went “missing” on Friday, as civilians fled the coup-hit country’s largest city after the junta’s deadly crackdown on dissent. Myanmar…

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(file photo) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo attends the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held over video conference due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, from the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on June 26, 2020. (Photo by SIGID KURNIAWAN / POOL / AFP)

Indonesia president urges halt to Myanmar violence, wants ASEAN talks

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for bloodshed to be halted in military-ruled Myanmar and for Southeast Asian leaders to hold a high-level meeting to try to find a…

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Protesters stand near makeshift barricades during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 15, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

At least 20 dead in Myanmar crackdown, and more than 150 reportedly killed since coup

At least 20 people were killed in Myanmar on Monday after another day of unrest and protests against the junta, a local monitoring group said. While the United Nations said…

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A protester holds a poster with an image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a candlelight vigil to honour those who have died during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 13, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Suu Kyi to face court after bloodiest day in Myanmar

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to appear in court on Monday, after dozens of people were killed in the bloodiest day since a military coup…

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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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Social Punishment and Civil Disobedience, the weapons of Myanmar people

In the ongoing conflicts between military and the anti-coup protesters, the civilians have two main weapons; the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and Social Punishment (SP). While the CDM is aimed…

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Protesters run after police fired tear gas to disperse them during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Sunday saw some protestors fight back, enraged by images of the indiscriminate killings and arrests

Daily round-up of the latest events in Myanmar by ThaiPBS World correspondent David Tun. The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest,…

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The left-handed pen

As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered the news media to submit to reporting the military’s propaganda, while…

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Social media resistance

Across the South-East-Asian nation, millions have marched against military dictatorship. Both private and public workers have engaged in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), in an attempt to shake the military…

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Anti-coup protesters raise their hands with clenched fists during a rally near the Mandalay Railway Station in Mandalay, Myanmar, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Huge anti-coup rallies in Myanmar after junta threat

Tens of thousands of anti-coup protesters rallied across Myanmar again on Monday despite a clear threat from the junta that it was prepared to use lethal force to crush what…

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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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Protesters hold up signs with an image of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi and demanding her release during a demonstration against the military coup in front of US embassy in Yangon on February 16, 2021. (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP)

Myanmar under pressure at UN

The UN’s top rights body demanded Friday that Myanmar’s military restore civilian rule and immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 47-member Human…

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Myanmar draft cybersecurity law adds to protests over coup

A draft cybersecurity law due to be implemented in Myanmar has raised protests that it will be used to quash dissent rather than protect privacy. Human rights advocates issued statements…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathered behind a barbed-wire fence at a temporary settlement setup in a “no man’s land” border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Maungdaw district in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. – Myanmar’s stateless, conflict-scarred Rohingya community are on edge with the return of military rule, fearing further violence in a restive part of the country where others have shown support for the new regime. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rohingya on edge with return of generals

Myanmar’s stateless, conflict-scarred Rohingya community are on edge with the return of military rule, fearing further violence in a restive part of the country where others have shown support for…

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In this image made from video provided by the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a protester holds a sign that says ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’ with an image of the deposed Myanmar leader as they march in Yangon, Myanmar Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (DVB via AP)

Myanmar coup to take big toll on trade with Thailand, the world: Experts

Thai and other foreign companies are expected to delay their investments in Myanmar following a military coup that threatens Thai border trade and migrant labour. Myanmar’s military seized power on…

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How one Myanmar restaurant in Bangkok supports anti-coup activity

As expatriates from Myanmar around the world react to the military’s lightning takeover of their homeland, one restaurant in neighboring Thailand is working a diner at a time to help…

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Motorists pass military vehicles near a guesthouse, where members of parliament reside, in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on February 3, 2021, as Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was formally charged on Wednesday two days after she was detained in a military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Facebook disrupted in Myanmar as UN chief warns coup must fail

Facebook services in Myanmar were disrupted on Thursday, days after the army seized power, as UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world must rally to ensure the military putsch fails. Myanmar plunged back…

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A medical staff wearing a red ribbon on his uniform attends to a patient at a hospital in Yangon on February 3, 2021 as calls for a civil disobedience gather pace following a military coup detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Photo by STR / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar medics lead sprouting civil disobedience calls after coup

Calls for a civil disobedience campaign in Myanmar gathered pace  Wednesday as the United States formally declared the military’s takeover a coup and vowed further penalties for the generals behind the putsch….

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2019 shows people participating in a rally in Yangon in support of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

The Lady vanishes: Suu Kyi back under house arrest

The Myanmar military’s detention of Aung San Suu Kyi during this week’s coup has revived memories of her more than 15 years of house arrest at a lakeside villa in…

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This screengrab taken from AFPTV video footage shows soldiers at the entrance to a guesthouse, where members of parliament reside at, in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on February 2, 2021, as Myanmar’s generals appeared in firm control a day after a surgical coup that saw Aung San Suu Kyi detained. (Photo by STR / AFPTV / AFP)

Myanmar generals in firm control after coup

Myanmar‘s generals were in firm control Tuesday after a surgical coup that saw democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi detained, although her party issued a defiant demand she be released…

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All eyes on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing as military seizes power

 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s powerful military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is in the spotlight after politicians from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained and the…

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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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(Photo) Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing/AFP

US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States on Tuesday banned visits by Myanmar’s army chief and three other top officers due to their role in the “ethnic cleaning” of the Rohingya minority, urging accountability…

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Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, right, during his visit to Thailand in June this year. Photo from senior Gen Min Auang Hlaing’s Facebook

Thai-Myanmar military ties reach new heights under Min Aung Hlaing 

YANGON—Relations between the Myanmar and Thai militaries have reached new heights during the tenure of Myanmar’s military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, according to a report published by a Yangon-based…

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