Unwilling to accept military rule, many in Kachin are looking to the Kachin Independence Organization to fill a void in governance. As the KIO strengthens its influence, it is facing mounting pressure to regulate environmentally destructive gold mining.
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The coup is worsening the long-standing tendency to judge cultural output – and film in particular – based on moral convictions.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh staged demonstrations on Sunday demanding repatriation back to Myanmar, where they fled a brutal military crackdown five years ago.
Over-extraction of groundwater was already a problem before the coup but experts say it is likely to worsen in the years ahead due to stalled policies and laws, and lack of investment in much-needed infrastructure.
Executing prisoners may seem like just another day at the office for Myanmar’s murderous junta but it would be a deeply provocative act that will worsen the country’s deadly political crisis.
Importers say strict new foreign currency controls are unworkable and are likely to lead to recurring shortages and the return of a black market for fuel.
Military raids, an internet blackout and other challenges have not prevented the opening of schools under the National Unity Government in villages throughout Myaing Township.
As demonstrations against the coup in most of the country have become a rarity in the face of brutal repression, a small, defiant group in Kalay is nearing 500 days of continuous protests.