Ethnic armed groups in Shan State have long used intimidation to recruit fighters, but the brutal tactics of the Shan State Progress Party are terrorizing villagers and prompting some to flee their homes.
A boycott of state schools under military rule has caused a spike in enrollments at ethnic community schools and created opportunities for ethnic armed groups to broaden and strengthen trust and understanding with the public.
Since being banned from Facebook, some of the most prominent spreaders of hate speech and disinformation have moved to Telegram, and fact-checkers say the messaging app is doing little to regulate its platform.
A national civil servant housing project with high-level political support that will be built using a new public-private development company has already run into opposition from local farmers, after their paddy fields were covered in sand just months before the harvest.
Civil society groups say an investment protection agreement being negotiated by Myanmar and the European Union lacks transparency and exposes the government to the possibility of compensation payouts it cannot afford.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.