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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With bars shuttered, universities empty and hook-up apps poleaxed by internet blackouts, dating got much harder in post-coup Myanmar, but young people are still finding love -- often in the heady rush of anti-junta protests.
Opposition to the military regime is complicating efforts to combat a COVID-19 third wave that a government doctor in one of the worst-affected areas says is “out of control”.
The overwhelming rejection of state education since the coup has spawned the emergence of learning alternatives, including plans for both physical and virtual universities.
The participation of tens of thousands of government medical personnel in the Civil Disobedience Movement has created gaps in healthcare that striking doctors and colleagues working at private hospitals are struggling to fill.
Anti-coup protesters donned flowers in their hair on Saturday to mark the birthday of the ousted civilian leader, who remains under house arrest and is due to face court again next week.
Frontier Myanmar’s managing editor Danny Fenster today appeared in a special court in Yangon’s Insein Prison to face a charge under section 505-A of the Penal Code, which carries a potential three-year prison term.
The military regime’s snap closure of the border with Thailand reflects its poor handling of the COVID-19 response, migrant rights groups say, but the Thai government and employers are also making life difficult for workers.
Anti-coup activists have been forced to leave behind their families, friends and careers to escape the military's brutal crackdown on dissent.