Trapped in an economic mess of its own making, Myanmar’s military regime is seeking to recoup drops in revenue through new tax measures – with seemingly limited success so far.
Under sanctions and desperate for hard currency, the military regime is forcing Myanmar workers abroad to remit earnings through formal channels, with some warning it will only push more migrants to become undocumented.
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A boycott campaign that has sent sales of military-owned beers plummeting has created shortages of rival products, with breweries unable to meet demand and facing a shortage of cans.
Pro-military Facebook accounts are seeking to drive a wedge between ethnic armed groups and civilian resistance with disinformation, but are struggling to break the unity of the anti-coup opposition.
Security forces are increasingly arresting the family members of activists who are on the run – effectively holding them hostage without charge.
The United States on Friday renewed calls on Myanmar's junta to free a jailed US journalist as concerns grow about a Covid-19 outbreak in prisons packed with detained activists.
China has supplied over 10,000 Covid vaccines to the Kachin Independence Army, which operates near China's southern border, the KIA spokesman said Saturday, as Beijing seeks to halt the influx of cases from Myanmar.
The World Bank has warned in a new report that Myanmar faces severe economic losses and a doubling of poverty as a result of the combined impact of the coup and COVID-19, with the military regime unable to govern effectively.
A batch of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Myanmar on Thursday, an AFP reporter said, the country battles a devastating new surge in cases.