An activist places cutouts on the ground in Mahabandoola Park in Yangon on August 8, 2016 to mark the 28th anniversary of a general strike, one of the key events of the 1988 uprising. (AFP)
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
A television drama that extols the role of the Tatmadaw in Myanmar’s modern history is a failure of art and propaganda but provides insights into the psychology of the armed forces.
In recent months the KIO’s armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army, has come under sustained attack by the Tatmadaw, resulting in the loss of several key mountain posts and bases. These offensives have put IDPs in the firing line, prompted the Northern Alliance counter-offensive in northern Shan State in late November and jeopardised progress at next month’s planned 21st Century Panglong – Union Peace Conference.
Since the NLD government took office, Japan has promised billions in aid and investment, much of which will be administered through its development aid arm, the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The agency’s chief representative in Myanmar, Keiichiro Nakazawa, spoke to Frontier’s Thomas Kean about the government’s donor coordination efforts, the next phase of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone and plans for a new port and airport in southern Yangon.

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