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My latest for @crisisgroup looks at Myanmar’s decades-old ethnic conflicts, how the coup has transformed the conflict landscape in #Myanmar, and what should be done. Thread below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Jan13coup 1/16
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Prior to the coup, most of Myanmar’s 20-plus EAOs had ceasefires with the central govt but political negotiations had stalled. Coup has killed the peace process launched in 2011 (despite what the regime and some EAOs say). 2/16
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Enter the National Unity Government. The federal army or “united front” against the regime that some hoped for was not plausible in wake of coup, but the cooperation to date between NUG and several EAOs has been very significant. 3/16
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As #Myanmar 🇲🇲 enters 2022 the #PDF and allied resistance groups are taking the initiative across the country, launching multiple hit-and-run attacks on the military.

Fighting is especially heavy in the #Demoso Township in #Kayah state irrawaddy.com/news/burma/mya…
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: one example was an attack by the Eagles Army (#PDF group in Tigayaing Township) on two military patrol boats going down the Ayeryawady river.

Around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed by mine attacks on the boats. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: another attack was launched by the Aung San Force (#PDF group in #Magway) who dropped explosives from a drone down on a military convoy of 150 soldiers below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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It's the end of 2021. I'm going to tweet out some favorite stories I did this year. And let me remind you that @MotherJones is a nonprofit. If you like the independent, kickass journalism my colleagues & I do, please consider sending in a few bucks. 1/19
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A wild tale that I spent two years working on. 2/19
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Something of a farewell to Trump's presidency. 3/19
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THREAD: After a beautiful day celebrating #Christmas in freedom & peace with my family, I received this truly heartbreaking and horrific news from #Myanmar/#Burma

#SaveMyanmar #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

Myanmar: more than 30 people killed in Kayah state theguardian.com/world/2021/dec…
As well as this horrific news yesterday aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/2…
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Today we release a database showing WHERE, WHEN and HOW more than 38,000 buildings were destroyed in Myanmar's Rakhine State between 2017 & 2020.

Here is the data: bit.ly/ocellirakhine. Here is an explainer thread on the work by @ocelliproject @KayleighRuiter & @C4ADS👇🛰️
The data has been turned into a visualisation and interactive website by @C4ADS & @Jack_Mrgln. We wanted to make sure that this data is accessible to all levels of researchers, so please do click around and use it to further your investigations & research ocelli.c4ads.org/datainteractive
First, WHO are we?

We're a group of volunteers (yes we do this in our spare time) specialised in mapping and databases. You can see more of what we do at @ocelliproject.

We focus on making publicly available geodatabases to help journalists, investigators and researchers.
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Police & soldiers have killed over 1300 people & arrested over 10,000 protesters & others.

Systematic post-coup abuses, like those inflicted on the Rohingya, amount to crimes against humanity.

hrw.org/news/2021/12/0…

Why do horrific abuses & mass atrocity crimes keep happening?

Because the perpetrators keep getting away with it.
The problem is one of IMPUNITY, which is unfortunately not a very common word & maybe sounds a bit legalistic, so many people may turn off when they read it.

Strange it's not a very common word, though, given it's so central to so much of what's wrong with the world today. Image
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In Myanmar's Chin State, a Tatmadaw convoy of 75 vehicles has been making the 150km - 3hr drive from Matupi to Mindat for the past 9 days. Since Nov 4 - when attacks began by the CDF - they've only been able to move an average of 8.5km per day, approx 60 troops have been killed.
Since a surge of Tatmadaw troops to Chin state in early October (well documented by @ChinHumanRights), these troops have only been able to move in large crawling convoys, essentially ceeding the areas away from limited garrisons and the convoys to resistance groups.
@ChinHumanRights This has allowed parallel administration structures in Chin state to flourish - for example the Mindat Public Administration Team has reopened practically every school under a NUG-supervised curriculum, with over 2k students returning to school under their control.
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THREAD: #UN #IIMM Independent Investigative Mechanism for #Myanmar @koumjian updated since Feb 1 #coup, he has received over 200,000 communications, collected over 1.5 million items of evidence. Says facts show "widespread & systematic attacks" amounting to #CrimesAgainstHumanity
#UN #IIMM head @koumjian when asked what he thought of #US ex-governor @GovRichardson's visit to Myanmar meeting #military chief on Nov 2. Mr Richardson was said to be on 4-day humanitarian mission to #Myanmar. Since then, little information been released #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#UN #IIMM @koumjian declines to specify exactly how many files he has compiled related to the atrocities committed in #Myanmar since his mechanism was formed 2018. But says those who have committed the offences "should worry that the files are on them" #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
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397 organizations signed a letter urging IFIs to repurpose funds into Covid assistance for border communities and prisoners in #Burma. See our press release: tinyurl.com/tfh9v7hm and the full letter for more: tinyurl.com/3d363275 #Altsean #Myanmar #Covid19 #MyanmarCoup
These funds were supposed to go to the democratically elected gov't in 2020 for #Covid relief and frozen after the coup, leaving hundreds of millions unspent. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #SaveMyanmar #Pandemic #NUG
Vulnerable communities urgently need #aid against #covid19. The junta is persecuting health workers and preventing medical distribution to those who need it most. #Burma #Myanmar #HumanRights #ICRC #NGO
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THREAD on #Myanmar army sending 2 large convoys (80+ trucks each with armoured vehicle escort) to Chin State.

- HUGE human rights / humnitarian concern

- Potential int' security concern for #India

- Unlikely to be strategic victory for MM military

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This is a relatively small unit of troops. Report say max. 120 trucks. If 25 men per truck, that is 3,000 troops.

I'd expect only a handful of support personnel (comms, medics, intelligence) for every 100 and they will be greatly isolated, hens the long, high-profile journey
MAJOR THREAT that this relatively weak and poorly supported infantry force will lean into Tatmadaw strategem #1:

Abuse, terrorise, destabilise and disperse the local population, destroying food stores, clearing people from the region, and instilling terror in those who remain.
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The best book I have read on any aspect of local governance in #Myanmar.

Deep ethnography by local and int researchers on how actually justice works, mostly outside of the official courts where local leaders, EAOs and others fil void.
It is a must read for understanding how governance is patchworked & why village/ward level is so important.

Written pre-coup but is deeply relevant post-coup as the governance and security environment becomes more fragmented and "mixed" in many areas.

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Also covers customary and ethnic justice practices, in Karen Mon, Naga and Pa-O communities, who - in different ways - handle justice affairs locally without the official state system.

Much needed to go beyond the imaginary and simplistic EAO-controlled / gov-controlled binary.
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Today is #AccessToInfoDay. The #RightToKnow enables the public & civil society to access info held by public bodies, empowers them to hold their leaders accountable, & ensures other human rights. However, many barriers to #AccessToInfo persist.
GxR21👉article19.org/gxr-2021/
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Cambodia’s draft #AccessToInfo Law presents barriers to the realisation of the #RightToKnow. It is crucial that the Draft Law is amended prior to adoption to fully enable the right to information in #Cambodia. #AccessToInfoDay
Read the full analysis👉 article19.org/wp-content/upl…
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The Official Secrets Act is a barrier to the right to information in #Malaysia. The Act may be used to stifle critical journalism and should be immediately repealed. #AccessToInfoDay #RightToKnow
Read ARTICLE 19’s analysis of the Official Secrets Act👉 article19.org/data/files/pdf…
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(1/8) “Whenever we hear soldiers coming, we run.”

@NuNuLusan & I wrote about the experiences of women in Sagaing region's Depayin & Kani townships, where 73 ppl were killed in July. Art by @jchser
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27…
(2/8) As armed resistance to the coup increases, the regime has cracked down on entire villages. Since April, Sagaing region has been a hotspot for deadly military incursions. 109 people have been killed since July, according to a recent NUG report.
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27…
(3/8) Hiding in the forest, locals face food & water shortages.
“Some days, we had only one meal, & sometimes, only rice with salt & oil or fish paste. I feel really depressed, and sometimes I don’t even want to live anymore"- woman from Depayin township
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27… Image
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I know the pile on has already stared in response to this take, so my goal is not to dunk. But it’s worth pointing out that dialogue here isn't just challenging because "people are angry" or because "the Tatmadaw is bad and irrational" 🧵 1/11

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So far, there has been no indication that the Tatmadaw is interested in dialogue. But even if it were, the coup created a rupture that itself undermined the potential for future negotiations 2/11
Successful dialogue requires all parties to be able to *credibly commit* to a negotiated settlement. That is, to be able to convince the other side that they will follow through on promises they make at the negotiating table 3/11
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KNU Chairperson of Dooplaya District (southern Karen State) has requested NUG withdraw its declaration of war.

He is "terrified" of exepcted impacts on civilians and calls for political talks.

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Sep8Coup

kicnews.org/2021/09/nug-%E…
Worth noting that ppl in Dooplaya probably suffered more than any other Karen district after DKBA formed in 1995 and the constant fighting, forced labour, land confiscation and other abuses that followed.
Ceasefires brought dramatic improvements to security and well-being and relative peace and stability between the Karen groups allowed huge advancements in rebuilding Kawthoolei governance systems, laws etc. alongside improved economy etc.
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The declaration of #DDay and defensive war means a series of implications:
1) TMD's scrutiny of underground youth resistance groups is expected to increase. Already, we are seeing TMD taking bases in supermarkets etc.

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#Sep7Coup
It's worrying that we might see indiscriminate roundups of youths in urban areas.
2) Looking at TMD's movement in navy and fighter jets etc, it seems that TMD is alrdy preparing for an intense crackdown. On the other hand, we aren't sure of how prepared the @NUGMyanmar is.
3) The military might and could take many preemptive actions: village raids, airstrikes, internet shutdown etc. I hope that the declaration took into account these considerations and has contingency plans on how to mitigate them.
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#Myanmar foreign ministry issues statement accusing the #UN of "selectively targeting" the nation by using "exaggerated numbers & figures which are not verifiable". Accuses UN team in #Yangon of not communicating/verifying information with the ministry #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
This comes just ahead of upcoming Sept 14 #UN's 75th General Assembly where world leaders will gather & where it'll be determined whose credentials of the #Myanmar representative UN will accept. That of a #Military nominee or 1 by civilian @NUGMyanmar? #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Seemingly in a tit-for-tat, #Myanmar #military also targeted foreign, local aid staff working inside nation by asking organizations to fire at least 230 of them. @WHO & other #UN agency staff identified. Concerning as their work vital especially now #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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"The international community and health experts have warned of the escalating threat of Covid-19... However, the junta have ignored these warnings. As it is preoccupied with maintaining its grip on power; it has lacked the capacity to ensure adequate disaster preparedness."
"Yet, the junta's priority is lopsided towards political control and bringing the situation back to normal. It opened public schools in early June -- through pressure and coercion -- despite a widespread boycott by teachers and students."

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"Public outrage against the authorities surged after the military government took control of oxygen supplies. Local media reported the regime's forces fired warning shots to disperse a crowd waiting to get oxygen cylinders refilled."
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#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar. “One very reputable public health specialist expects that the population will be decimated by at least 10-15 million by the time Covid is done with Myanmar.” I did not write 10-15 million will die of COVID.
tinyurl.com/4trexsxh. /1
I expect the fallout from the politics of Covid to last 5-8 or even 10 years & be intertwined with legacy of the coup. We will never know how many contracted or died of Covid. Anecdotally, the elderly and people with co-morbidities appear to have been hit hard, as expected. /2
But what had been perfectly healthy young people are also now struggling to breathe, while taking care of their parents and grandparents, with no access to proper healthcare or medicine. /3
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I’ve reworded this tweet more times than I care to admit, but it always boils down to one simple notion…

Social media has destroyed us.
If articles aren’t your thing…👇
netflix.com/us/title/81254…
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1. This History Thread is about Burma (Myanmar) relations with Russia. Over many years the relationship has had some interesting twists & turns. Currently the connection consists mainly of Russian arms deals + diplomatic enabling for Myanmar coup regime. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImage
2. Among earliest descriptions of lands that would become Burma by travelers from far away: 15th C. Russian merchant Athanasius Nikitin told his readers about Pegu, “a not inconsiderable port” inhabited by “Indian dervishes” (Muslim mystics) who traded in rubies & other gems. Image
3. Britain colonized Burma in late 19th C. during a time when Britain & Russia were rivals in HImalayas & Central Asia “Great Game.” Ivan Minayev of the Russian Geographical Society traveled in Burma 1885-6 to study Buddhist manuscripts & archeology. Image
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The divide and conquer strategy along ethnic lines is used as a common strategy among authoritarian rulers across Asia in China, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore, who use racial supremacy to suppress others and stay in power.

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"The Tatmadaw knows well about these issues and uses them to divide and control us. They promise to grant the older generation’s demands and give them their own territory."
"Since the coup, people have become more divided. Some view the coup as an opportunity, if they side with the military.

Now, many Lisu are uncertain about their stance. Some might support the KIA because it is fighting against the military and they want the coup to fail."
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"The junta commandeered most of the shots, but ignored plans to prioritize vaccinations for the elderly. Some shots went to vaccinate soldiers, according to a doctor at a Yangon military hospital. In protest, many doctors refused to get a second dose from the regime."
“The military government is doing nothing for Covid here so people have to take care of themselves,” Mr. Lal said. “Now, the situation is very bad. Every house has Covid patients because there are not enough places to isolate.”
"Bual Cin Par, 37, was struggling to breathe and about to deliver her baby when a soldier turned her away from the understaffed general hospital at gunpoint and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t leave, said a family member who accompanied her."
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Here's Part 2 of "Behind the Façade of MAH's Army".
The origin & extremism of Myanmar Army explained why subsequent dictators Saw Maung & Than Shwe wanted a title grander than General Nay Win so they inflated the number of battalions from 300 to 500.. 1/
burmese.dvb.no/archives/461391
… without actually expanding the strength & created the title “Senior General”. However, there are not enough ground troops or foot soldiers in the battalions as very few willingly join the TMD. The only way they recruit the soldiers are through inhumane & incorrect ... 2/
… recruitment techniques like having a quota of new recruits for every sergeant in exchange for a few lakhs and a promotion. 3/
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