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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Generals Plot Together, in Myanmar and Thailand

An unholy alliance between the two military governments will delay a return to democracy in both countries.

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Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

The oil company is arguing against efforts to restrict its involvement in a gas operation in Myanmar that provides funding for the junta there.

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Myanmar’s Protesters Face Down the Military With Slingshots and Rocks

What began as peaceful demonstrations against the military coup has rapidly grown into a resistance movement in which citizens use improvised weapons to fight the junta.

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How to Defeat Myanmar’s Military After the Coup

Elected legislators deposed in the February coup have a plan for building a new federal democratic union. We need help.

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Myanmar Coup Puts the Seal on Autocracy’s Rise in Southeast Asia

Not long ago, democracy seemed to be surging in the region. But in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and elsewhere, it is in trouble.

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Myanmar Protests, and Killings, Continue

The death toll has passed 700, with more than 80 killed on Friday in one city alone, a rights group said.

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Myanmar Envoy Who Critiqued Coup Is Locked Out of London Embassy

After Myanmar’s military seized power, its ambassador to Britain had called for the release of political leaders who were detained in the coup.

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Myanmar’s Ambassador to the U.K. Was Locked Out of London Embassy

After Myanmar’s military seized power, its ambassador to Britain had called for the release of political leaders who were detained in the coup.

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Myanmar’s Military Has Killed Over 40 Children Since the Coup. Here’s One Child’s Story.

Myanmar’s security forces have killed more than 40 children since February. Here is the story of one, Aye Myat Thu. She was 10.

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Myanmar’s Bloodshed Reveals a World That Has Changed, and Hasn’t

How the country became primed for a sort of violence, and a sort of dictatorship, that had grown rare.

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Myanmar Soldiers, Aiming to Silence Coup Protests, Target Journalists

The security forces have arrested at least 56 reporters, outlawed online news outlets and crippled communications. Young people have stepped in with their phones to help document the brutality.

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US cuts trade ties to Myanmar, risking internet outages

The U.S. government has cut trade ties to Myanmar, two months after the country’s military staged a coup overthrowing the country’s president and also its de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and killed at least 200 protesters resulting from its offensive.

In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the trade suspension would be “effective immediately” and will remain in place “until the return of a democratically elected government.”

“The United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform,” said Tai. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. The killing of peaceful protestors, students, workers, labor leaders, medics, and children has shocked the conscience of the international community. These actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese people to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future,” the statement read.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) and the U.S. began trading in 2013 following the easing of U.S. sanctions a year earlier after elections saw Suu Kyi’s party win by a landslide.

The trade suspension is designed to target the ruling military junta, but leaves millions of internet users across Myanmar in uncertainty as U.S. cloud and internet companies wrangle with the U.S. government order, at a time where protesters are struggling to stay online amid government-ordered internet shutdowns across the country.

Myanmar already blocked Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram “until further notice.”

Sanctions are designed to prevent the shipping of goods, money and certain services to other countries. Companies operating in the U.S. have to follow U.S. sanctions or face heavy financial penalties. ZTE pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by knowingly shipping products to the country, and agreed to pay a near-$1 billion fine.

But cloud companies fall into a gray area and have different interpretations of the rules. Quartz reported in 2016 that internet users across Syria, Cuba, and Iran — all subject to U.S. trade sanctions — couldn’t access sites hosted by IBM, because the U.S. cloud host blocked visitors from those countries from accessing its services. Rackspace and Linode, two other large cloud providers, do not block internet traffic to users in embargoed countries but instead prevented users from those countries from signing up for their service.

Myamnar has about 17 million internet users, some 30% of the wider population. A spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Myanmar Coup and Protests Explained

Demonstrations and a deadly crackdown have roiled the nation since a Feb. 1 coup brought back full military rule following years of quasi-democracy.

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Inside Myanmar’s Army: ‘They See Protesters as Criminals’

Four officers spoke about life in the feared Tatmadaw, which has turned its guns on civilians again. For most soldiers, one said, “The Tatmadaw is the only world.”

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Images From a ‘Day of Shame’ in Myanmar, With Scores Shot Dead

Children, including a 5-year-old-boy, were among those killed on Saturday as the country’s security forces cracked down on nationwide protests against a coup. A New York Times photographer was there.

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Dozens Gunned Down in One of Myanmar’s Bloodiest Days Since Coup

The killings took place on a holiday honoring the army. A dissident called it “a day of shame for the armed forces.”

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Beaten, Cuffed, Hauled Away: When Myanmar’s Military Comes Knocking

Security forces have responded to protests with increasing ruthlessness, shooting people in the streets, raiding homes and arbitrarily carrying out beatings and arrests.

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‘I Will Die Protecting My Country’: In Myanmar, a New Resistance Rises

As the nation’s military kills, assaults and terrorizes unarmed civilians each day, some protesters say there is no choice but to fight the army on its own terms.

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Fire at Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh Leaves Thousands Homeless

The blaze at a refugee camp in Bangladesh left at least 15 people dead and hundreds missing. “This is the second time I lost everything in my life,” said one person whose home was destroyed.

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U.S. Joins Allies to Punish Chinese Officials for Human Rights Abuses

The sanctions come days after the Biden administration’s heated encounter with Chinese officials in Alaska, and will most likely widen tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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For Rohingya Survivors, Art Bears Witness

They escaped traumatic circumstances in Myanmar and now live in harsh conditions. But refugees are creating murals drawn from their flourishing cultural traditions, reborn in Bangladesh camps.

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Myanmar Protesters Answer Military’s Bullets With an Economic Shutdown

From hospitals, railways and dockyards to schools, shops and trading houses, the country is at a standstill. Strikers hope their actions will force the army to return power after its coup on Feb. 1.

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Latest Claim in the Effort Against Aung San Suu Kyi: A Bag of Cash

The Myanmar military’s latest accusations against the ousted civilian leader suggest a monthslong campaign to neutralize the country’s most popular politician.

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Myanmar Coup Protests Show No Sign of Waning, Despite Killings

At least 18 people were fatally shot over the weekend, but the nationwide protest movement shows no sign of waning.

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Myanmar’s Defiant Garment Workers Demand That Fashion Pay Attention

Female garment industry union leaders are emerging at the forefront of the deadly anti-military protests, and asking global brands to take their side.

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A Small Town and a Spray of Bullets in Myanmar

Police officers shot into a cluster of unarmed civilians in a tiny town on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 20.

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How President Biden Can Support Myanmar

Economic sanctions and an arms embargo can help pressure the Burmese military to restore democracy in Myanmar.

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‘It’s Better to Walk Through a Minefield’: Victims of Myanmar’s Army Speak

The military’s brutal practices go beyond killing protesters. Its soldiers have systematically raped women and forced villagers to be their human shields.

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Myanmar Military Storms Universities and Hospitals, Revokes Press Licenses

The military said the public had requested that the generals take more control “for the benefit of the people.” At least three protesters were killed in further crackdowns.

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After Coup in Myanmar, a Career Diplomat Takes a Stand

At the United Nations, U Kyaw Moe Tun declared his new military masters illegitimate. They fired him, but he has no intention of leaving.

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YouTube Removes Myanmar Military Channels

The video platform became the latest American internet giant to take down the military’s content since the coup last month.

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