The Struggle for Myanmar – Podcast

Is Myanmar heading into civil war — or already there?

Nikkei – Nikkei staff writers – February 5, 2022 09:29 JST

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Myanmar’s troubled history: Coups, military rule, and ethnic conflict

cfrThe 2021 coup returned Myanmar to military rule and shattered hopes for democratic progress in a Southeast Asian country beset by decades of conflict and repressive regimes.

A protester holds an image of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during an anti-coup march in February 2021.
A protester holds an image of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during an anti-coup march in February 2021. Getty Images

WRITTEN BY Lindsay Maizland

Last updated January 31, 2022 11:00 am

Summary

  • Myanmar, also known as Burma, has suffered decades of repressive military rule, widespread poverty, and civil war with ethnic minority groups.
  • The transition away from full military rule starting in 2011 spurred hopes of democratic reforms. But the military maintained control over much of the government and began a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.
  • The military launched a coup in February 2021 and then cracked down on protests. The opposition formed a shadow government and fighting force, leading to a civil war and humanitarian crisis that could spill over Myanmar’s borders.

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How will China’s New Silk Road shape Myanmar’s economy?

ChannelNewsAsia

Series:
– What are China’s plans for the Belt and Road initiative in ASEAN?
– How will China’s New Silk Road shape Myanmar’s economy?
– How will China’s New Silk Road change Thailand and Cambodia?
– How is China’s New Silk Road transforming Vietnam and Laos?

The New Silk Road is China’s grand trillion-dollar strategy to link up 65 countries and 4.4 billion people.

In this episode, we look at a massive Chinese petrochemical hub which has been built in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar, close to where the Rohingya crisis is still unfolding. How will this project shape Myanmar’s economy?

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Al Jazeera

Bangladeshi border guards say troops fired mortars and machine guns at Rohingya civilians trying to escape bloodshed.

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence.

On Saturday, an AFP news agency reporter at Bangladesh’s Ghumdhum border post counted more than a dozen mortar shells and countless machine-gun rounds fired by Myanmar security forces in nearby hills onto a large group of Rohingya desperately trying to cross.

It was not immediately clear if any were hit, but the civilians scattered to evade the barrage.

“They have fired on civilians, mostly women and children, hiding in the hills near the zero line,” Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) station chief Manzurul Hassan Khan confirmed. Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks”

Myanmar đau đầu với đập thủy điện Trung Quốc

Thứ Hai,  10/4/2017, 09:25 (GMT+7)
Người dân sống ở hai bên sông Irrawaddy sẽ bị ảnh hưởng nặng nề bởi dự án thủy điện. Ảnh: AFP

(TBKTSG) – Myitsone – dự án đập thủy điện lớn nhất của Trung Quốc tại Myanmar – đang có nguy cơ bị khai tử do vấp phải sự phản đối dữ dội từ người dân. Nhưng, đối với các nhà lãnh đạo Myanamar, nói “không” với Trung Quốc chẳng phải dễ dàng.

Tiến thoái lưỡng nan

Bà Daw Kaw Bu đã chờ đợi suốt sáu năm qua ngày trở về ngôi làng mà bà buộc phải chuyển đi để nhường chỗ cho đập thủy điện Myitsone. Con đập này đến nay đang được xây dựng dở dang và bị đình chỉ vì gây tranh cãi. Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar đau đầu với đập thủy điện Trung Quốc”