Folks, this week we learned that the detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi was moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in Naypyidaw prison. Regardless, the resistance keeps on growing. The NUG said its PDFs have controlled 90% of the villages in Sagaing and Magway plains. Read all about it in our latest weekly update. … Continue reading Weekly Update: 020
Internal Politics Aung San Suu Kyi turns 77 Another birthday of the lady passed under house arrest. Many may disagree with her political moves, but millions, if not tens of thousands, still show their love and support to Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday. From Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan to resistance fighters in … Continue reading Weekly Update: 019
Internal politics USDP annual meeting ended up in rift The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the military proxy party, held a two-day convention in Naypyidaw on June 8-9 with tightened security. Prior to the convention, USDP spokesperson Yin Min Myint Swe told Myanmar Now that the political party aimed to freshen the leadership from … Continue reading Weekly Update: 018
A family of three—a mother, a father and a young child, temporarily living in Bangkok, Thailand for a few months in 2021 had to dejectedly return home to Yangon in early 2022 because their visa applications to the United States were rejected with no reasons given. This was, however, not a singular event. Two separate … Continue reading Are Myanmar Citizens Facing Visa Rejections on the Basis of Being Myanmar?
Challenging power is the heart of journalism. Be it a democratic government or a military dictatorship, media outlets challenge the authorities by questioning their work. In post-coup Myanmar, journalists, both from mainstream and alternative media, take up the duty of recording and reporting the military regime’s crimes and atrocities, yet, the work gets harder when … Continue reading Truth over the Junta: The Choice that Myanmar Journalists Make
Internal politicsJunta upheld death sentence for two resistance leadersOn June 3, the junta court sentenced two resistance leaders Ko Jimmy, 88 Generation democracy activist, and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, former NLD lawmaker, with death penalty. The two were arrested separately last year, and were accused of planning armed attacks at the junta’s lackeys. Since death sentences … Continue reading Weekly Update: 017
May had come and gone, but our anti-regime struggles continue. As the time drags on, the stake is only getting higher and higher: one million people displaced from their homes, children deprived of education for three years, youths taking up arms and giving their lives for the cause, and the state economy collapsing. The hardship … Continue reading Freedom Memoirs (May Issue)