Videos Show Extent of Myanmar Military’s Bloody Crackdown

A trove of visual evidence reveals how soldiers and the police used rifles and other lethal weapons against anti-coup protests across the country.

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Myanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown

The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.

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China Appears to Warn India: Push Too Hard and the Lights Could Go Out

As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning.

#china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #industrial-espionage, #mumbai-india, #phishing-computer-fraud, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #territorial-disputes

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With Strikes in Syria, Biden Confronts Iran’s Militant Network

Using a carefully calibrated approach, the president hopes to restrain Iran’s regional militia allies without undercutting efforts to reach a new nuclear deal.

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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

While much has been made of tech’s unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry’s decades-long ties to the military.

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Biden Orders Airstrike in Syria Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed U.S. Troops in Iraq

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Accounts in Aftermath of Coup

The move plunges the social network into the post-coup politics of the roiled nation, after years of criticism over how Myanmar’s military had used the site.

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How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.

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The Life of a Soldier

New books look at what it was like to be in the Roman military 2,000 years ago and in the American military today.

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4 Aid Workers Are Shot Dead in Pakistan

The attack could portend a resurgence of militant violence in the former tribal areas of Waziristan, once a hub of the Pakistani Taliban.

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Denies Role in Libya Mercenary Operation

In an interview, the contractor pushed back against a United Nations report accusing him of breaching a decade-old arms embargo on Libya.

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Israel Secretly Agrees to Fund Vaccines for Syria as Part of Prisoner Swap

To secure the release of an Israeli civilian held in Syria, Israel agreed to finance a supply of Russian-made Covid-19 vaccines for Damascus, an official said.

#assad-bashar-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #syria, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China Acknowledges 4 Deaths in Last Year’s Border Clash With India

It was the first explicit admission by the People’s Liberation Army that it had lost soldiers in the June brawl. India says 20 of its troops were killed.

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Support the Resistance in Myanmar

The world must get behind Burmese protesters fighting against military rule.

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

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Where Do the Rohingya Go After the Coup in Myanmar?

In the countrywide protests against the coup, nobody is talking about the future of the persecuted Rohingya minority.

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In Myanmar Coup, Paint, Poems and Protest Art Equals Defiance

The creative classes are providing a mass uprising in the country with an imaginative verve and rebellious spirit that has caught the military generals off guard.

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North Korean in Diving Gear Crosses Border Into South Korea Undetected

The South Korean military admitted to a lapse in its border security. The crossing marked the second embarrassing breach for the country in recent months.

#border-barriers, #defectors-political, #defense-and-military-forces, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #korean-war, #north-korea, #south-korea

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British L.G.B.T. Veterans Stripped of Medals Can Get Them Back

Britain’s defense ministry said it was “committed to addressing this historical wrong.”

#defense-and-military-forces, #discrimination, #great-britain, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

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Trial for Aung San Suu Kyi Begins in Secret

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader appeared in court via video conference without her lawyer’s knowledge. She faces an additional charge that had not been previously made public.

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

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European Court Backs Germany in Case Over 2009 Killings of Afghan Civilians

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Germany sufficiently investigated the bombing in Afghanistan that killed up to 90 civilians.

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Deaths of Soldiers and Policemen Held by Kurdish Guerrillas Roils Turkish Politics

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the United States and opposition Kurdish politicians in an effort to deflect responsibility for a failed rescue operation.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kurdistan-workersparty, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #turkey

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Myanmar’s Protesting Workers Are Unbowed

Two weeks after the military took power in a coup, growing work stoppages are undermining the ruling generals’ attempt to assert authority over an angry population.

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Is Democracy in Myanmar Dead?

No. But the deposed government and its backers urgently need a concrete plan to foil the military’s divide-and-conquer strategy.

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

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Protesters Rally Across Myanmar, Defying Coup and Risking Crackdown

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities and towns nationwide nearly a week after the military took back power. It has met demonstrations with deadly force in the past.

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To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge

Dozens of arrests, beatings by mysterious thugs and telecommunication cutoffs are the new reality across the country. But civil disobedience defiantly persists.

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Biden Ends Military Aid for Saudi War in Yemen. Ending the War Is Harder.

Nearly six years of war have shattered Yemen in a way that could thwart efforts to make peace, regardless of whether American bombs are no longer used.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #houthis, #yemen

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In Geopolitical Struggle Over Myanmar, China Has an Edge

As the United States and other nations denounce the coup, China has a chance to build up its influence. But Myanmar’s generals are difficult partners.

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Gulalai Ismail’s Father is Jailed After She Escapes Pakistan

Mohammed Ismail, father of the women’s rights activist Gulalai Ismail, now faces harsh terrorism charges that critics say are about revenge, not justice.

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Myanmar Military Charges Aung San Suu Kyi With Obscure Infraction

The move against the deposed civilian leader was a curious coda to the army’s rapid dismantling of the country’s nascent democracy.

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Myanmar’s Army Is Back in Charge. It Never Truly Left.

With the coup, the generals are ripping apart their prized project: a democratic front for a political system that still heavily favored them.

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How a Deadly Power Game Undid Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes

Myanmar seemed to be building a peaceful transition to civilian governance. Instead, a personal struggle between military and civilian leaders brought it all down.

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In Myanmar Coup, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Ends as Neither Democracy Hero nor Military Foil

The army’s detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi brought an abrupt end to the theory that she might strike a workable balance between civilian and military power.

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Modi’s Budget for India Reflects Stark Choices

Health care and infrastructure spending received significant increases, but fears about inflation could hold back efforts to get the economy surging again.

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Myanmar’s Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Is Detained Amid Coup

Communications were suspended and flights disrupted as the military took power from an elected government and declared a one-year state of emergency.

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Myanmar’s Coup in Pictures

Images from the day when the country’s democratic experiment collapsed.

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Myanmar’s Coup, Explained

The coup returns the country to full military rule after a short experiment in quasi-democracy. Here is what we know.

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Biden’s Nightmare May Be China

Think dealing with Mitch McConnell will be tough? Managing a reckless Xi Jinping will be even harder.

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Macron Tells Biden That Cooperation With U.S. Cannot Be Dependence

In a “very agreeable call,” the French president told his American counterpart that Europe wanted “strategic autonomy.” In an interview with foreign media, he also reflected on the pandemic and threats to democracy.

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

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Biden Administration Reviewing Trump Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia

Officials called the review standard for a new administration, but many Democrats critical of the Gulf States want the president to cancel the deals.

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Buhari Fires Nigeria’s Top Generals and Appoints Replacements

With just two years left in President Buhari’s tenure, can a new approach defeat the militants and bandits who are killing, kidnapping and traumatizing Nigeria’s people?

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #defense-and-military-forces, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #terrorism

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Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

Indian officials played down the events, which come as Beijing continues to encroach on disputed Himalayan areas.

#arunachal-pradesh-india, #building-construction, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sikkim-india, #territorial-disputes

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China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

The exercises, which included 13 warplanes on Saturday and 15 on Sunday, were the biggest so far this year and the first under the new U.S. administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #military-aircraft, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship

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Senate Confirms Austin in Historic Vote, Installing First Black Defense Secretary

The former general was approved overwhelmingly, after Congress granted him a waiver from a law that bars anyone who has been retired from active-duty military service for fewer than seven years from leading the Pentagon.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kremlin Welcomes Biden’s Offer to Extend Nuclear Treaty

The response from Moscow suggests that Russia will engage in talks to continue a disarmament pact, despite the new U.S. administration’s pledge to take a harder line on other issues.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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