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UN condemns violence against Myanmar protesters and deaths

The U.N. Security Council late Thursday strongly condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, but dropped the threat of possible future action against the military following the Feb. 1 coup. The British-drafted press statement approved by ...

EDITH M. LEDERER

Myanmar Internet Shutdown Chokes News Flow, Raises Citizens Fears

Myanmar’s embattled citizens struggled with a drastic cut-off of internet and wireless data services Friday following a military junta order aimed at staunching the flow of videos and photos of atrocities to a global audience, activists and web users said. The Ministry of Transport and Communications ...

RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane, Ye Kaung Myint Maung and Kyaw Min Htun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

Chaos in Myanmar poses threat of meth trafficking surge for Thailand

A village watchman trains his binoculars on a suspicious fishing boat – the first line of defence as Thailand braces for a fresh methamphetamine influx after a coup in neighbouring Myanmar. The kingdom’s narcotics bureau has already seized more than 80 million “yaba” pills just in ...

AFP

Myanmar’s Descent into Chaos to Further Fuel Mekong Drug Trade: UN

The chaos in Myanmar could see a surge in meth production across the’ Golden Triangle’, the United Nation’s organized crime agency said Tuesday, as ethnic militias seek quick cash to firm up their positions in lawless borderlands whose fragile equilibrium has been disrupted by the ...

Vijitra Duangdee

Myanmar’s environmental record was weak but improving. Then came the coup

It started with the water changing color. Soon after that, the fish began to die. When the villagers bathed, they became itchy and covered in sores like an allergic reaction. Later, women and farm animals in the area started having miscarriages at an unusually high ...

Andrew Nachemson

China’s rare earth supplies disrupted by Myanmar tumult

Fears are growing of a global shortage of rare earth minerals used in the manufacture of high-tech devices as unrest in Myanmar following the February 1 coup disrupts exports to China.  Chinese companies started complaining about delays in shipments of the minerals since mid-March, reportedly due to ...

DOMINIC OO

Myanmar garment workers urge global brands to denounce coup

Tin Tin Wei used to toil 11 hours a day, six days week sewing jackets at a factory in Myanmar. But she hasn’t stitched a single garment since a coup in February. Instead, the 26-year-old union organiser has been protesting in the streets — and trying ...

Myanmar’s Women Are on the Front Lines Against the Junta

In recent weeks, Nandar has taken to cycling. Armed with a hard hat, a face mask, and a paper sign stuck to her bike showing the words “No to dictatorship, no to patriarchy,” the 26-year-old feminist activist spends most days traversing Yangon, Myanmar, as part ...

JESSIE LAU

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

EU suspends development funds for Myanmar

The European Union has suspended its support for development projects in Myanmar to avoid providing financial assistance to the military after it seized power last month, officials said on Thursday. The 27-nation EU informed a committee of the World Trade Organization that it had put on ...

REUTERS

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