In Tulsa, a Burmese Cooking Tradition Takes the Spotlight

The food of the Zomi people of Myanmar isn’t easy to find in America, even in this city so welcoming to refugees. But this weekend it will move front and center.

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Biden Should Cut Off the Gas Revenues That Fund Myanmar’s Junta

He should cut off the gas revenues that fund Myanmar’s junta.

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Assassinations Become Weapon of Choice for Guerrilla Groups in Myanmar

A movement to restore democracy has evolved into deadly warfare between a ruthless military and a resistance force with limited weaponry.

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Biden to Host Southeast Asian Leaders as He Tries to Return Focus to China

The leaders at the two-day summit in Washington will discuss a variety of topics, but the president plans to use it to show a united front against Beijing.

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Bangladesh Shutters Dozens of Schools Set Up by Rohingya in Camps

More than 30 schools, teaching tens of thousands of Rohingya students, were closed in Bangladesh, where officials are said to have feared the schools would encourage the refugees to stay permanently.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty in Myanmar Ahead of Biden Summit

The elected civilian leader, who was detained in a military coup last year, was sentenced to five years in prison in a corruption trial that was closed to the public.

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Myanmar’s Health System Is in Collapse, ‘Obliterated’ by the Regime

The country is also now one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a medical worker. At least 30 doctors have been killed since the coup, a rights group says.

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Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

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Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide Against Rohingya, U.S. Says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the official designation. More than 9,000 people were killed in the violence.

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Myanmar Is Mired in Conflict and Chaos a Year After a Coup

Daily protests, once loud and colorful, have been replaced by an eerie quiet. To mark the anniversary of the military takeover, protest leaders have called for a “silent strike.”

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Pay Your Power Bill, Myanmar Soldiers Say, or Pay With Your Life

Facing a huge loss of revenue amid economic turmoil, the military has sent soldiers to act as debt collectors.

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Indonesia Accepts Stranded Refugee Boat After Vowing to Turn It Away

The boat was being towed ashore with more than 100 Rohingya refugees on board. Indonesia initially said it would turn the vessel away, but relented under pressure from rights groups.

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Stay or Go? For Myanmar’s Latest Wave of Refugees, There’s No Good Choice.

Hundreds of thousands who fled deadly unrest at home confront an uncertain future abroad. Yet for many who remained, conditions are dire.

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Myanmar’s Army Is Accused of Massacring Dozens of Civilians

At least 35 people were killed and their bodies burned, according to an international aid group and opponents of the military regime.

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လိမ္မာပါးနပ်သည်၊ နှစ်လိုခင်မင်ဖွယ်ကောင်းသည်၊ ကြမ်းကြုတ်သော စစ်တပ်တစ်တပ်ကို တိတ်တဆိတ် လက်နက်တပ်ဆင်ပေးနေသည်။

ဗမာ-အိုင်ယာလန် ကပြားမိသားစုတစ်စုက ပိတ်ဆို့အရေးယူမှု စစ်ဆေးမှုများကို ရှောင်ကွင်းလျက် မြန်မာ စစ်အစိုးရအတွက် လေယာဉ်များ၊ ကာကွယ်ရေး ရေဒါ၊ အခြားနည်းပညာနှင့် ကိရိယာများကို ကူညီဝယ်ယူ ပေးနေသော်လည်း အမြဲသူတော်ကောင်းစကားသာ ဆိုကြလေသည်။

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In Myanmar, a Notable Burmese Family Quietly Equipped a Brutal Military

A Burmese-Irish family said all the right things, even as it helped Myanmar’s rulers avoid sanctions scrutiny in buying airplanes, defense radar and more.

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‘I Didn’t Look Like a Human’: Journalist Tells of Myanmar Torture

When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.

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Jailed Journalists Reach Record High for Sixth Year in 2021

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom monitoring group, said 293 journalists were behind bars this year, more than a quarter of them in China.

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Landmark $150B lawsuit seeks to hold Facebook accountable for Rohingya genocide

A woman clings to the back of a younger man.

Enlarge / A young Rohingya man carries an older Rohingya woman in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Some 750,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar as a result of the genocide. (credit: Michał Fiałkowski/iStock Editorial)

Rohingya refugees have filed a lawsuit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, for its alleged role in the ethnic cleansing currently underway in Myanmar, sometimes known as Burma. The lawsuit says the social media giant is on the hook for “at least $150 billion” for “wrongful death, personal injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of property.”

This lawsuit claims that Meta’s Facebook product is defective and that the company acted negligently. The complaint was filed this week in San Mateo County Superior Court, the jurisdiction in which Meta is headquartered, on behalf of a Rohingya refugee living in Illinois. It’s seeking class-action status to encompass all of the more than 10,000 Rohingya refugees who have resettled in the US since 2012. 

The lawsuit is among the first to leverage allegations made by former Facebook employees and whistleblowers, including Frances Haugen, who shared over 10,000 documents with Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Falls, but Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes Move On

The ousted civilian leader faces years in custody after being sentenced on the first of several charges. In her absence, a new generation of younger, more progressive politicians is emerging.

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Fatalities Reported After Military Truck Rams Protesters in Myanmar

Witnesses said soldiers also fired into the crowd and kicked wounded demonstrators, the latest in a series of confrontations in which the military’s behavior has infuriated citizens.

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U.N. Seats Denied, for Now, to Afghanistan’s Taliban and Myanmar’s Junta

A powerful United Nations committee deferred a decision on applications by the ruling authorities of both countries, widely regarded as pariahs, to replace envoys of the governments they had toppled.

#afghanistan, #international-relations, #myanmar, #taliban, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #united-nations

Myanmar’s Notorious Army Is Facing a Morale Crisis

The number of defectors, while not enough to topple the Tatmadaw, is growing, galvanized by the nationwide anti-coup movement.

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U.S. Journalist Danny Fenster Is Freed From Myanmar Prison

The release was a rare positive development in the country, which has been torn apart by violence since a February coup.

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In Myanmar, Danny Fenster, American Journalist, Gets 11-Year Sentence

Danny Fenster, who was arrested in May by the military government, was given the maximum sentence on Friday after being convicted on three charges, his employer said.

#fenster-danny, #myanmar

American Journalist Held in Myanmar Faces 2 New Charges

Prosecutors filed charges of terrorism and sedition against the journalist Danny Fenster, who once worked at a hard-hitting news outlet hated by Myanmar’s governing military.

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Veteran U.S. Diplomat Comes Under Criticism for a Trip to Myanmar

Bill Richardson, a former ambassador to the U.N., said that he had held “productive” talks with the general who led the February coup. Rights activists said he gave the junta an air of legitimacy.

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Aung San Suu Kyi to Defend Herself in Myanmar ‘Show Trial’

The United Nations has described the charges against the former leader as politically motivated. If convicted, she could face a maximum of 102 years in prison.

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Thousands Flee Myanmar for India Amid Fears of a Growing Refugee Crisis

For decades, armed conflict, political repression and targeted campaigns against minorities have forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave the country. Now many more are expected to follow.

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Myanmar Announces Amnesty for Thousands of Anti-Coup Protesters

The junta, which seized power in February, said it was releasing the prisoners to mark the Lighting Festival, a three-day holiday that begins Tuesday.

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Mohib Ullah, 46, Dies; Documented Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

Shot dead by gunmen, he had compiled a list of those who perished in the hope that the data could be used as evidence in international courts.

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A Family, a Dream and a Season of Fear

Than Than Htwe and her husband moved to America in hopes of better opportunity for their son. They were greeted with violence instead.

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Danny Fenster, U.S. Journalist, Told to Stay in Myanmar Prison

Danny Fenster, who has become an international symbol of the military’s crackdown, was ordered on Monday to remain in confinement.

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Glimpses of ‘Lost Tribe’ Jewish Communities in India and Myanmar

Often overlooked, the communities in South and Southeast Asia complicate notions of Jewish identity while emphasizing its malleability.

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Myanmar’s Army Escalates Attacks on a Struggling Resistance

The army has escalated attacks on militias that oppose its rule, driving thousands of people into the hills. A shadow government has called for a nationwide uprising.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #myanmar, #peoples-defense-force-myanmar, #tatmadaw-myanmar

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

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Myanmar’s Monks, Leaders of Past Protests, Are Divided Over the Coup

Some senior members of the Buddhist clergy have given their blessing to the generals in power. But hundreds of lower-ranking monks have been jailed for protesting.

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Ko Pyae Lyan Aung, Myanmar Soccer Player, Wins Asylum in Japan

Pyae Lyan Aung had defied the military junta’s rule at home after its coup, and had gambled he could win the right to stay in Japan.

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Confident in Its Impunity, the Myanmar Junta Ignores Diplomacy

The generals who seized power five months ago have shown no inclination to heed international pleas to reverse themselves, even as Myanmar slides into a failed state.

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Resistance Fighters Battle Myanmar’s Military in Mandalay

A shootout in Myanmar’s second-biggest city was the first time the military and a group of armed civilians known as the People’s Defense Force clashed in a major urban area.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #mandalay-myanmar, #myanmar, #peoples-defense-force-myanmar, #tatmadaw-myanmar

U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

A resolution adopted Friday by the General Assembly is the most widespread condemnation yet of the Feb. 1 coup, a sharp diplomatic slap that contradicted the junta’s claim it has not been isolated.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #general-assembly-un, #international-relations, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #united-nations

In Myanmar, Health Care’s Collapse Takes Its Own Toll

Since the February coup, many physicians have refused to work at state-run hospitals. “I will never blame the doctors,” said a patient whose treatment stopped.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #mandalay-myanmar, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #united-nations, #yangon-myanmar

The Real Kingmakers of Myanmar

Only the ethnic armed groups can break the stalemate between the military and the democratic opposition.

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Where Myanmar Sends Its Political Prisoners

For 134 years, Insein Prison has stood as a monument to brutality. Since the Feb. 1 coup, journalists, elected leaders and pro-democracy protesters have been held in the aging facility.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #rumors-and-misinformation, #torture

Poets in Myanmar Are Killed After the Coup

More than 30 poets have been imprisoned since the military seized power in Myanmar, a country where politics and poetry are intimately connected.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #maung-saungkha, #monasteries-and-monks, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #poetry-and-poets, #political-prisoners, #writing-and-writers

Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Court Appearance Since Coup

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, is facing a raft of charges after being detained by Myanmar’s military. If she is found guilty, she could be imprisoned for the rest of her life.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar

Miss Universe Myanmar Arrives in Florida With a Message for the Junta

Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin hopes to use her international platform as a pageant contestant to criticize the country’s military coup and support the pro-democracy movement.

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Three Months After Coup, Myanmar Returns to the ‘Bad Old Days’

Police are now stopping random people on the streets. A group of secret informers has reappeared. The killings continue, but so does the resistance.

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‘Now We Are United’: Myanmar’s Ethnic Divisions Soften After Coup

Amid the resistance to military rule, some are saying that democracy can’t flourish without respecting the minorities that have been persecuted for decades.

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Myanmar Coup Leader Arrives in Indonesia for Asean Summit

Critics feared that Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing’s presence at the meeting in Indonesia would give his regime the appearance of legitimacy.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #international-relations, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity