Myanmar Now

Junta says hefty new telecoms taxes will curb ‘extreme use of internet services’

The price of accessing telecoms services in Myanmar is set to soar after the junta announced it will levy a 20,000 kyat commercial tax on the sale of SIM cards and a 15% tax on the incomes of internet providers.  The new tax law comes after ...

Aung Naing

Why indigenous land rights matter in Myanmar

The customary land rights of Myanmar’s indigenous peoples have been a much-discussed subject for decades, including during the “democratic transition” period that ended on February 1. The most striking aspect of this discussion, however, is how reluctant Myanmar policymakers—regardless of their political orientation—have been to ...

Esther Wah

Conspirators accused of plotting attack on Myanmar’s UN Ambassador have military ties, sources say

Two Myanmar citizens—charged in New York on Friday in an alleged plot to threaten and possibly kill Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN)—have family and community ties to the military and were backed by a Thailand-based arms dealer, according to a source close to ...

Myanmar Now

Total: “We have taken the call to limit the income going to the military junta. We have tried everything to reduce this.”

Energy giant, Total was forced to justify its response to the Myanmar coup to shareholders yesterday amid growing pressure from international campaigners to halt payments to the military regime. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, Total’s chairman and chief executive Patrick Pouyanné said the company ...

Myanmar Now

For some the nightmare has returned, but for ethnic people the nightmare never stopped

When the military seized power on February 1, arresting elected National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, the current nightmare started.   The people of Myanmar already know what life is like under a military regime: No ...

Esther Wah

How China Pushes Its Agenda In Myanmar Media

The plight of thousands of women from Kachin and Shan states trafficked into forced marriages in China has attracted global attention, with numerous major news outlets and human rights groups covering the crisis. But one Myanmar language publication recently gave a different take on the ...

Tin Htet Paing

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