The woes of war in western Myanmar have been exacerbated by Cyclone Mocha, with already-struggling residents saying they have still received no assistance, and even accusing the military of launching fresh attacks during the storm.
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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.
After suffering successive humiliating election defeats, the military is rewriting the rules in a bid to legitimise its illegal coup – but will anybody take the bait?
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.
Min Aung Hlaing’s power grab made Myanmar’s COVID-19 Delta outbreak in mid-2021 even worse. Military doctors should not be given an international platform to claim credit for containing the virus.
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.