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🧵#Thailand's foreign minister has invited his fellow #ASEAN counterparts to an "informal" dialogue to discuss ways to help resolve #Myanmar #coup crisis, into its 3rd year. Invite also extended to Myanmar #military… #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #เมียนมา #พม่า
I understand that a few @ASEAN foreign ministers from nations like #Malaysia #Singapore & current @asean_ri chair #Indonesia will not participate in the talks mooted by #Thailand to take place in #Bangkok June 18-19. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
In the #Thai invite letter to @ASEAN foreign ministers, which I've also seen, @MFAThai minister Don says the "meeting is intended to be an informal dialogue that could be part of the initial steps of the #Myanmar peace process" #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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1. This History Thread is about relations of Burma (Myanmar) with Bangladesh & Pakistan. Burma’s western neighbor Bangladesh was part of Pakistan from 1947-1971. In a region of turmoil, Bangladesh/Myanmar river border has been a lifeline for refugees. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
2. Arakan, now Rakhine State of Myanmar (Burma) was inhabited by Mro & Chakma people, later Rakhines & Rohingyas. Coastal & valley trading cities rose in Arakan from 3rd-4th C. By 14th C. Arakan a “vassal state” of Bengal Sultanate which spread out from Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta. Image
3. 1406 Burmese (Ava) invaded Arakan’s Lemro cities, whose ruler Min Saw Mon fled to Bengal Sultanate. 1430 Bengal’s Sultan Nasir-ud-din Shah helped Min Saw Mon retake Arakan from Ava. 1512–16 Bengal Sultanate conquered Kingdom of Mrauk U (Arakan.) Image
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(1/x) Great news to see the (modified) Burma Act included in the US 2022 NDAA (Subtitle E). What does this mean for Burma? What comes next? Working on a more comprehensive piece, but wanted to give a short overview first 🧵👇:
(2/x) What is the NDAA? It's the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual piece of legislation that lays out US defense priorities and authorizes appropriations. Because it's so important, non-defense legislation is often included as amendments.…
(3/x) Though the House of Representatives passed the BURMA Act of 2021 in April of this year, the Senate (frustratingly) never passed it. This NDAA amendment is thus a replacement for the version passed in April, though it has been modified extensively.…
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Charles Petrie offers an excellent critique of the UN system in Myanmar

But he and others need to put more faith in vast segments of the population trying to end military rule and establish a federal democratic system

Like Steinberg and many others, Petrie surmises that the "democratic opposition [lacks] sufficient traction on the ground to bring the disparate pieces [of the country] together."

What kind of standards need to be set for this revolutionary movement to be taken seriously?
Until the federal democracy movement is steamrolling to immediate success, it just seems like so many commentators won't even take it seriously.

The alternative to junta rule is apparently just a jumbled chaotic mess without any agency or purpose. So sad.
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Hi. Our team at @MyanmarWitness has just published extremely insightful resources detailing the locations of Myanmar military air force bases, detailed guides on air assets, and a comprehensive guide on the small arms used by the Myanmar army.
One of our biggest resources is the Myanmar Small Arms Guide, the result of a huge effort by @leone_hadavi and others to document domestically manufactured small arms systems used by the military.

You can view it here:
We have documented some of the air assets responsible for directly/indirectly destroying communities in Myanmar. The guide goes in-depth to show supply chains, armaments and identification points. Read it here:
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1. This History Thread is about relations between Burma (Myanmar) and the continent of Africa. Although far apart geographically there have been interactions in trade, diplomacy & affinities in the Colonial + post-Colonial experience. Background on #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
2. Ancient Indian Ocean trade routes connected Southeast Asia and East Africa. Seafaring lands like Arakan, Pegu, Tavoy in what would become Burma could exchange goods with great African ports like Kilwa Kisiwani & Songo Mnara. Image
3. Britain conquered Burma late 18th Century. Britain colonized lands across Africa during 18th-19th Centuries. Most resource trade was between the colonized lands & Britain but some commodities were traded colony to colony, such as Burmese teak for the carved doors of Zanzibar. ImageImage
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Victims buried in a mass grave after #Myanmar #military launched air strikes on a #Kachin Independence Organization #KIO anniversary celebration Oct 23. At least 80 people said to be killed, 100s more injured. Fatalities may rise over hindered medical aid #whatshappeninginmyanmar ImageImageImageImage
Despite atrocities committed, #Myanmar #military remains defiant by calling air strikes & killings of civilians in #Hpakant #Kachin "fabricated" & "rumours". They've now cited own "sources" saying only ethnic #Kachin Independence Army #KIA personnel & resistance fighters killed ImageImageImageImage
#Myanmar #military again takes issue with foreign embassy/UN statements condemning air attacks, insisting comments made "without proper verification" & can be seen as "intentional dissemination of rumours" & "meddling of the internal affairs" of Myanmar. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
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THREAD: 1 of #Myanmar's most powerful #ethnic army #Kachin Independence Army #KIA/political wing #KIO has refuted #Myanmar #military's claim that their air strikes were aimed at a KIA base camp. KIA said the attacked site was a marketplace with civilians. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar #military's air attacks on #Hpakant #Kachin during a Kachin Independence Organization #KIO concert Oct 23 killed at least 80 people & 100s more injured. #KIA says the army carried out a "mass killing" which is "1 of the most cruel & deplorable action" against civilians.
#Myanmar's #ethnic armed group #KIA/#Kachin Independence Organization #KIO adds that the #military regime's latest attack only "encourages stronger revolution against" the Myanmar army. KIA has been clashing with the military for over 60 years. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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🧵@leone_hadavi and I have spotted what may be the first satellite image of a Myanmar Su-30 on the tarmac in Naypyidaw. These Russian-built planes have been elusive and kept quite secret but recent reports indicate regular training flights have commenced. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
A better view of it shows on timelapse (2 frames). The imagery surrounding this capture shows it is not there for long, suggesting the object is active. Dimensions roughly match Su-30 rather than Mig-29 (currently high margin of error due to low-res imagery)
Around the time of the alleged arrival of the Su-30, two new buildings were being constructed at Naypyidaw Airbase. It is notable that the known aircraft normally residing here (helicopters) do not have the blue livery seen in recent imagery.
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#Myanmar #military air strikes on #Hpakant northern #Kachin said to have killed/injured over 50 people. Victims were in an #ethnic armed group #KIO #Kachin Independence Organization music celebration. Its army #KIA has clashed with #military for 70 years #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Some prominent singers/artists said to have been killed/injured in #Myanmar #military air attacks aimed at #Hpakant, Kachin. #Kachin Independence Army has upped its clashes with military since Feb 2021 #coup. #KIA had rejected army's offer of peace talks #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Videos of aftermath of #Myanmar #military air strikes on #Hpakant #Kachin sent to me for use. Increasingly, Myanmar military has been/will be using air attacks to target #ethnic territories controlled by ethnic armed groups/civilian resistance forces #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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Fires continue to be used to destroy civilian property and entire villages in Myanmar, with devastating consequences for those that live there.

Below are 17 SERIOUS FIRE INCIDENTS added to the MW Fire Map in August 2022.

🚨Village burnt following clashes
☑️ Kale, Sagaing
☑️ 23.09851, 94.01889
☑️ 05 Aug 2022;d:2……

#MWFires #Myanmar
🚨Thantlang burning again
☑️ Hakha, Chin
☑️ 22.6922, 93.42308
☑️ 06 Aug 2022;d:2…

DM with links to footage if safe to do so.
#MWFires #Myanmar
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🧵In less than 2 months, #Myanmar & #Russia met at least 3 times via high-level physical visits. #Military chief now making 2nd trip to Russia with his last one only in mid-July. Attending Eastern Economic Forum, he'll likely engage Russian defence again #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Russia's Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum's aimed at attracting investments into Russia. Unclear if Russian President Putin will attend. Since #Moscow attacked #Ukraine 5 months ago, nations like #US & #EU have introduced/expanded sanctions on Russia #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Economic sanctions & #RussiaUkraineWar have certainly impacted #Russia. Same goes for #Myanmar where prolonged #militarycoup for over a year has caused many foreign firms to pull out/stop investments & brought economy to its knees… #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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🔴 Lay Kay Kaw
🟡 Report out soon

Lay Kay Kaw (လေးကေ့ကော်) in Kayin (ကရင်) State, once designated a ‘town of peace’, has been the site of violent clashes between the Myanmar military and the Karen National Union (KNU), since December 2021.

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Instead of providing a site of refuge to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returning refugees and KNU families, fighting in Lay Kay Kaw (လေးကေ့ကော်) has forced many residents to flee for their lives. Image
MW have published the first in a series of reports that document events in the region. It provides a detailed chronological reconstruction of the clashes between the military and oppositional forces between 13 and 28 December 2021. Image
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17 claims involving the burning of victims or their bodies in Myanmar (July 2021 - August 2022).

This list is not exhaustive and includes some credible but unverified claims where further evidence is required.

A thread👇TW//GRAPHIC
🔴 Burnt Bodies in Myanmar
🟡 Claim 1/17
Unverified media report

27 March 2021

“Armed forces burnt a Mandalay resident alive”…

Please upload evidence
🔴 Burnt Bodies in Myanmar
🟡 Claim 2/17
✅ Geolocated images

KANI, Sagaing
28 JULY 2021

“The 11 men were massacred and set on fire”
Letter from Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun…

“Multiple bodies”
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🚨Vehicle Burning
...can seem insignificant when compared to other reports of #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar.

But vehicles
+ give freedom of movement
+ transport goods
+ often most-valued possession

When they are burnt it often reveals important clues to what happened.

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🚨Burnt vehicles
☑️Yinmarbin, Sagaing
☑️22.073197, 94.789316
☑️14 August 2022

A truck and motorcycles were burnt, following reports of a massacre in Yin Paung Taing village.… ImageImageImageImage
🚨Burnt truck
☑️Pwintbyu, Magway
☑️20.317129, 94.488443
☑️22 June 2022

We geolocated an image of a burnt truck, following reports of military activity in Pwintbyu. Image
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THREAD: Tough to see any real improvement if @ASEAN & #Myanmar #military fail to see eye-to-eye on how far 5-point consensus has come in last 16 months. #ASEAN has just given #Myanmar #military 3 more months till Nov to show results of 5-point plan. 1/5 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
But in latest rebuttal to @ASEAN, #Myanmar #military remains obstinate & defiant as it objected to #ASEAN's accusation that military has shown "lack of progress" in implementing 5-point plan to resolve crisis. Military staged #coup on Feb 1, 2021. 2/5
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#Myanmar #military in turn accuses @ASEAN of making "1-sided assessment" of its 5-point consensus implementation efforts & that bloc was not appraising results in an "objective and fair manner based on the factual updates and situations on the ground" 3/5 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
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“The #Myanmar junta’s execution of four men was an act of utter cruelty. These executions, including of activist Ko Jimmy and opposition lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, followed grossly unjust and politically motivated military trials" said @hrw today. #WhatsHappeninginMyanmar #Burma
"This horrific news was compounded by the junta’s failure to notify the men’s families, who learned about the executions through the junta’s media reports" added @hrw, decrying the executions of these 4 political prisoners. #WhatsHappeninginMyanmar #Myanmar #SaveMyanmar
"The junta’s barbarity and callous disregard for human life aims to chill the anti-coup protest movement. European Union member states, the United States, and other governments should show the junta that there will be a reckoning for its crimes" says @hrw. @POTUS @WHNSC @eu_eeas
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Myanmar statement on the panel discussion on the Rohingya and other minorities (HRC50)
Myanmar will:
• submit a motion to its legislature – the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw – seeking the repeal of the Race and Religion Protection Laws of 2015
• prioritise the amendment or replacement of the Citizenship Law of 1982 with a law that bases citizenship on birth in Myanmar or birth anywhere as a child of Myanmar citizens…
• ensure that all new national laws and policies are developed in consultation with the Rohingya and other minority communities and their representatives
• advocate for the formal acceptance of Myanmar’s Article 12(3) Declaration under the Rome Statute,
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#Myanmar #military soldier recounting cruel, senseless killing in @RadioFreeAsia report described as "horrifying" by at least 1 #Yangon diplomat. Diplomat told me this "provides damning evidence" of military crimes. Urges @CIJ_ICJ & @ASEAN to take note. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar-based diplomat adds @ASEAN should ban #military from upcoming June 22 defence ministers' meeting as report shows "Myanmar military is not a professional military". Calls regime’s promise of investigation "a farce" as army enabled atrocities
2 other diplomats agree with condemnation of #Myanmar #military actions telling me @RadioFreeAsia report shows "awful reality of the junta's repression & the war it wages on its own people." (All pics are from @RadioFreeAsia report) #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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🧵Lone Ma | A Sad Story From Myanmar

"Give Me Water my son, I had drunk 3 bottles of poison", a 17 years old boy woke up to his mother's call on the morning of April 2, 2022, in Myanmar. Even though the boy had called the neighbors, and relatives and(1/)
tried his best, his mother had passed away within minutes.

His mother, Lone Ma, a 45 years old woman who had been suffering due to oppression of the Junta since her birth had committed suicide in April. So, Is Lone Ma such a weak person who chose suicide? (2/)
How much did she suffer before the decision of suicide?

Lone Ma Nyein Chan is the daughter of famous Poet AungPwint who was detained for 4th time for his bitter opposition to Coup and General Nay Win from 1977-to 1988. She was born while her father was detained in the prison(3/)
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1. This History Thread is about Britain’s relations with Burma (Myanmar.) A fraught legacy with centuries of trade, conflict, colonization, Independence, more trade, sanctions. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
2. Lands that would become Burma were of interest to British East India Company due to rivalry w. Portuguese, Dutch, French. Ralph Fitch visited 1587 for BEIC. 17th-18th C. British trade, teak shipbuilding, diplomatic relations w. Ava. Conflict on Arakan border w. British Bengal.
3. As Ava expanded west (Arakan, toward Assam, Manipur) 1st Anglo-Burmese War 1824-26. British military moved into Assam, Arakan & Irrawaddy River area but ravaged by diseases. Ava’s Gen. Maha Bandula killed. Treaty: British kept Arakan, Tenasserim + Assam, Manipur buffer zone.
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@TheEconomist seems to claim we are 'post-truth' in Myanmar becayse local and social media are overhyping successes of resistance

This seems like a straw man and is deeply misleading about the situation on the ground

Firstly, local media and Myanmar Twitter/Facebook are constantly reporting on:

- Funerals of resistance fighters
- Desperate lack of weapons
- Lack of effective leadership
- Capture, torture, burnings of fighters & civilians believed to support resistance

What is being ignored?
There are indeed reports of the very real and historic losses that the Myanmar military faces on all fronts.

The following are happening every week

- Attacks on mil bases
- Losses of whole platoons
- SAC retreats from roads
- Defections
- Admin abandoning entire areas
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People's Soldiers Production Team has released their latest version of drone-dropped bomblets, claiming to have twice the energy of similar sized bombs.
This design looks interesting.
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For those who dont know, these bomblets are developed by resistance groups in the jungle of Myanmar to fight against Russia-backed junta.
We have been using drone for months.
This is the example:
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