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.
The recent arrest of a man who gave an interview about his past as a child soldier has brought the issue to a wider audience but also raised fears about the military’s commitment to ending underage recruitment.
The proposed expansion of a Shwe Taung cement plant in Tharzi has run up against opposition, but supporters of the International Finance Corporation-backed project argue it will raise standards in the sector.
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.