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.​@ParamiUni in #Burma will be offering FREE online courses, subject to admission criteria, to further provide #learning opportunities.
This summer program will be eight weeks long, starting from June 7th to July 30th.

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Upon conclusion of summer courses, students will receive a certificate of completion.

𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆?
As these online courses will be taught in English, interested candidates are required to have completed high school and have competent English language skills ImageImageImageImage
(minimum: Intermediate level).

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆?
Click on each photo for the course descriptions and schedule (on FB). The summer courses catalog and registration form will be posted soon, so please stay tuned for more updates on the courses on their FB page.

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These days I am often asked whether a Federal Army (FA) in #Myanmar can actually materialise to the point that it poses a challenge to the Tatmadaw, one of the world's largest militaries

IMO such questions are framed in the wrong way

Some thoughts on why FA is important 🧵 1/10
Sure, the creation of a Federal Army faces many challenges, not least real resource constraints, such as a lack of funds and access to weapons & collective action problems across the spectrum of armed groups in Myanmar. That's a no-brainer which everyone involved understands 2/10
That said, I believe that what is happening here is significant and can indeed pose a challenge to the Tatmadaw, not necessarily as a fighting force on the ground but as an idea in the formation of a new Myanmar. I believe this for several reason: 3/10
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#Myanmar is NOT becoming 'like Syria' and is not 'descending into chaos'

No doubt, Myanmar is facing a catastrophic emergency of immense proportions and requires urgent support.

But...

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #May4coup #MyanmarCoup
Myanmar is NOT taking in thousands of 'foreign fighters' from Afghanistan or other protracted int'l war zones.

Myanmar is NOT seeing millions of dollars of funding handed to all sides of the conflict by regional and global powers, nor international Islamist networks
Myanmar is NOT being taken over by ISIS

Myanmar is NOT prone to sectarian violence between communities (despite a few elite-orchestrated anti-Islamic attacks in '12-13 and '16-17).

Myanmar has almost NEVER seen communities of different ethnicities fight each other directly.
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A wider war coming to #Myanmar

Unclaimed rocket attacks on military airbases signal a possible spread of the long-running, low-intensity civil civil war from remote ethnic frontier areas to urban centers.
asiatimes.com/2021/05/a-wide…
2) No group has yet claimed responsibility for several, almost simultaneous rocket attacks on military targets in central Myanmar, including air bases recently used to target ethnic armed groups in the nation’s frontier areas.
3) The shadowy attacks are likely the work of an alliance between ethnic rebels and urban-based pro-democracy dissidents, with the former providing the explosives and the latter knowledge of local conditions in the Myanmar heartland.
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🟧Alors que tous les regards sont portés vers l'Inde et ses chiffres #Covid assez impressionnants, de nombreux pays qui lui sont frontaliers connaissent aussi une très forte hausse de leur cas de #COVID19.

➡️Voyons la situation des pays concernés proches de l'#Inde :

#India
➡️🇳🇵Le #Nepal subit actuellement une très forte hausse de son nombre de cas de #Covid_19 ! En 7 jours, la moyenne journalière est passée de 1174 à 3273 cas par jours !

Soit une hausse de +178%😯

Le taux de positivité a lui aussi fortement augmenter, atteignant 26% le 25/04 !
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➡️🇵🇰Le #Pakistan, lui aussi a vu sa courbe de cas #COVID19 augmenter très rapidement !

🧐En revanche, il semblerait que la courbe tende à la baisse après avoir atteint un maximum de 5573 cas journalier en moyenne !

La positivité a quand à elle augmentée pour atteindre 10,6%
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A MYANMAR HISTORY THREAD:

I saw this great piece, and I wanted to add some context about just how much the cause of Myanmar women has been set back after 60 years of brutal and misogynistic oppression by the Burmese military.

aljazeera.com/features/2021/…

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Before military dictatorship in 1962, women had much more power, especially in commerce.

This extract from “Debating Democratization in Myanmar” (ed. Nick Cheesman) talks of businesses that were owned by Myanmar women.

Naga Daw Oo was my great-aunt.

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
This extract is from my book Mandalay.

My grandmother’s first business The Burmese Paper Mart was requisitioned by the Myanmar military.

My grandmother never forgave them.

And she was just one of many women who they did this to.

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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While @ASEAN leaders and #Myanmar's junta leader were having the meeting, more deaths were reported. @Myanmar_Now_Eng reported that a man was shot dead and taken away by the military in the second largest city Mandalay on Saturday. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar myanmar-now.org/en/news/man-sh…
"At around 10:30am on Saturday, regime forces began stopping motorcycles to search under their seats and seize their owners’ phones. To distract them, a young man started setting tires on fire at the corner of 65th and 107th streets."
“They were checking people and he was trying to distract them. But he didn’t know there were police in plain clothes nearby,” a witness said.
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On Sunday, people in #Myanmar criticized the agreement reached between the country's military leader and Southeast Asian leaders to end the months-long violence that has pushed the country into a crisis. usnews.com/news/world/art…
They said the agreement fell short of restoring democracy and holding the army accountable for hundreds of civilian deaths. There were no immediate protests in Myanmar's big cities a day after the meeting of @ASEAN with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
"ASEAN's statement is a slap on the face of the people who have been abused, killed and terrorised by the military," said a Facebook user called Mawchi Tun. "We do not need your help with that mindset and approach." #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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As @CrphMyanmar announces National Unity Government of #Myanmar

This 'external analysis' commissioned by the Karen National Union provides useful background and context

#WhatsHapppeningInMyanmar #Apr16Coup #HearTheVoiceOfMyanmar
It emphasises the important alliance between (mostly Bamar) pro-democratic forces from the heartland alongside ethnic pro-federal movements

It analyses and supports Part 1 of the Federal Democratic Charter, also known as "The Declaration of Federal Democracy.
It notes that the charter:

- Is a crucial and impressive first step given practical situation
- Represents 4 blocs that 2gether can stop the coup
- Contains unprecedented agreement on federal principles
- Includes robust diversity & protection measures for women and minorities
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"I urge you to support the public and the worker's movement against the military dictatorship in Myanmar."
- Moe Sandar Myint

@adidas @Chevron @adidasWomen: Get in formation! Take a stand to support these people, or else risk their blood on your hands. Your silence is violent.
friends, please sign these petitions! This one is asking @adidas, and @Beyonce as their affiliate, to take concrete action for their 20,000 workers in Myanmar:

actionnetwork.org/petitions/beyo…
This one is asking the Biden admin to put sanctions on Myanmar Gas and Oil Enterprise (if this happened, it would result in @Chevron, @Petronas, Posco, @Total being forced to stop paying taxes to the junta):

actionnetwork.org/petitions/pres…
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#BREAKING Britain says notified by Myanmar that UK ambassador's post terminated
#UPDATE Britain confirmed Thursday that it could no longer recognise #Myanmar's ambassador in London, Kyaw Zwar Minn (pic, L), after the ruling junta issued formal notification that he had been withdrawn for supporting the deposed government
#VIDEO: 🇲🇲🇬🇧 #Myanmar's ousted UK ambassador (seen, L), in a statement read on his behalf outside the country's embassy in London, says embassy staff are being "threatened with severe punishment" if they don't agree to work for diplomats loyal to the Myanmar military authorities
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1/. QUESTION: What’s the worst day of the year for dictators, despots & populist autocrats?

ANSWER: April 7

Tomorrow, @amnesty release our annual 2020/21 report covering the state of #HumanRights in 149 countries

JOURNALISTS: For a copy or to an interview👉 press@amnesty.org
“How's life in your country?"
"We can't complain"

This cartoon was about #Turkey but it also applies to:
#Myanmar
#China
#SaudiArabia
#NorthKorea
#Syria
#Egypt
#Turkmenistan
#Eritrea
#Yemen
#Uzbekistan
#CAR
#Vietnam
#Sudan
#Iraq
#Bahrain
#Belarus
#Bangladesh
#Laos
#Somalia etc.
“I don’t care if they respect me, so long as they fear me.” (Caligula)

At @amnesty we don’t respect dictators, autocrats & human rights abusers

We don’t fear them either

As we publish Annual Report, here’s a guide for dictators human on ‘how to respond’ amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
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A rare and devastating look at the risks, violence and danger facing civilians in #Myanmar's second-largest city through the lens of a journalist from @FrontierMM. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar frontiermyanmar.net/en/in-the-line…
"The protests in these wards escalated from March 20, when demonstrators set up a series of large barricades of sandbags and bamboo poles and sheets to block the residential streets running north-south between Manaw Hari and Theik Pan roads. Also known as 110th Street, ...
... Manaw Hari is usually one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares but when I visited it was deserted, and the barriers gave it the appearance of a city under siege."
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Myanmar Twitter is fighting over CNN reporter on a military guided tour. Legit Qs & concerns ard her added value, self importance & reductive reporting while putting ppl at risk but let’s not patronize many who seem to appreciate & support her coverage of #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
And let’s focus on the military that arrested ppl simply for speaking to CNN’s @clarissaward. Condescending to see those arrested merely as victims of her poor judgement? Think ppl don’t have agency and know the risks of speaking to her at this point, solicited or not ? #Myanmar
Sad people feel it’s only way to get info out. It’s not. Perhaps they want saviors. Can’t fault them when international system specifically designed to protect them in times like this is failing them miserably while govts continue w/ their empty rhetorics #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
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The recent turmoil in #Myanmar exposes Washington's retreating influence; an emerging "Asians' Asia" scenario is becoming more evident,
Russia, a European power, increasingly aligns its interests with those of Asia while Japan, an Asian country, continues to buck the trend in sticking with its pro-Western anti-China orientation.
“Xinjiang’s biggest mistake is that it has been too peaceful and happy over the past five years” and the West hates it,
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Supporting #Myanmar’s generals has a long tradition for Germany and its companies since the dictatorship of Gen Ne Win. The most immediate relic of this is the wide-spread use of German-designed G3 rifles by Myanmar’s security forces
Some thoughts 🧵 1/6 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
While more modern Chinese MA rifles have gradually become the Tatmadaw’s murder tool of choice, the G3 has long been the standard rifle of Myanmar’s security forces, be it in their wars against EAOs, the genocide against Rohingya or massacres of civilian protestors then & now 2/6
This is not least because Germany’s Heckler and Koch did not only sell thousands of G3 rifles (& MG42 machine guns) to Myanmar since 1960s. Germany also helped the Tatmadaw to establish weapon factories in order to produce these murder tools itself. This started in 1953 ... 3/6
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“Bloodbath is imminent” if we don’t act—A UN special envoy warned the 15-nation Security Council on Wednesday that "a bloodbath is imminent" in Myanmar if it does not act to curb the violent military crackdown against protesters. #Myanmar (HT @PamelaFalk)
cbsnews.com/news/myanmar-u…
2) "Looking back ten years from now, how will history judge this inaction?" Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Christine Schraner Burgener asked the diplomats. "I hope you can act while there is still time to avoid the worst outcome by overcoming caution and disagreement."
3) violence in Myanmar, sparked by February 1 coup of the nation's democratically elected leader, intensified over the weekend, when activists say more than 100 people were killed by the military junta's security forces in what appeared to be the bloodiest day yet of the conflict
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China said on Wednesday at the @UN Security Council that it rejects sanctions #Myanmar and calls for "democratic transition." newsus.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-0…
"We hope that all parties in Myanmar can keep calm, exercise restraint," adding that any attack on the people and businesses in Myanmar "is unacceptable," Ambassador Zhang Jun said.
On the other hand, @UN Special Envoy on #Myanmar told a session of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that “a bloodbath is imminent” because of the military’s intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters. reuters.com/article/us-mya…
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One of Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers said she looked in good health as she awaits her next trial which is set on Thursday. Conflicts along #Myanmar's border also sent thousands of ethnic minorities across the border to seek refuge. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

reuters.com/article/us-mya…
“Amay looks healthy, her skin complexion is good,” Min Min Soe said, using an affectionate term meaning “mother” to refer to Suu Kyi. Only the legal cases against her filed since the coup were discussed during the video conference, the lawyer said.
Fighting has also flared between the army and ethnic minority insurgents in frontier regions. Refugees fleeing the turmoil are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.
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Two weeks ago, 37 orgs coordinated by Market Forces successfully convinced @SPGlobal to review the concerning inclusion of @Adaniports in its @DowJones Sustainability Index.

#StopAdani @SPDJIndices @CDP @RepRisk @MSCI_Inc

reuters.com/article/idUSKB…
The case for review is based on Adani's links to the #Myanmar military, expansion of thermal coal mining and enviro damage at its port sites.

The review is ongoing with no decision date revealed by @SPDJIndices. Full case via link:

#StopAdani

marketforces.org.au/djsi-review-ad…
Since then, we have updated @SPGlobal with several developments that weren't in the original case.

First up is @PIMCO - a US$2.2 tr investor, banning further investment in Adani Ports due to the Carmichael thermal coal project.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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#BREAKING Myanmar crackdown death toll passes 500: monitoring group
#UPDATES The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says it has confirmed a total of 510 civilian deaths in the Myanmar junta's brutal crackdown on protests, but warns the true toll is probably significantly higher
The grim toll of more than 500 civilian deaths in the Myanmar junta's brutal crackdown on protests is passed as world powers ramp up their condemnation of the military's ruthless campaign against protests u.afp.com/UgZ8
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A report released by @theACIJ and @JusticeMyanmar has revealed the extent of the relationship between @Adaniports and MEC - a company owned by the #Myanmar military.

#StopAdani

abc.net.au/news/2021-03-3…
Documents show Adani Ports is paying up to $US52 million to the #Myanmar military via the development of a container port in Yangon.

The same military that has killed and is still killing hundreds of innocent people protesting its 1 Feb coup.

#StopAdani
.@Adaniports claimed it never "engaged with military leadership" of #Myanmar - but now photos and video have emerged of Adani Ports execs schmoozing the top Myanmar general in 2019.

#StopAdani
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Thousands of #Myanmar protesters took to the street again on Monday, as the military killed 14 civilians following a new round of sanctions being announced. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar reuters.com/article/worldN…
Monday’s dead included at least eight in the South Dagon suburb of Myanmar’s main city, Yangon. Security forces there fired a much heavier-calibre weapon than usual to clear a barricade of sand bags, witnesses said and a video clip showed.
State television said security forces used “riot weapons” to disperse a crowd of “violent terrorist people” who were destroying a pavement and one man was wounded.
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#THREAD MEDIA RELEASE: New report by @theACIJ @JusticeMyanmar exposes Adani Ports' commercial ties to #Myanmar military company #MEC, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing- accused war criminal & coup leader. We call on investors to #divest #StopAdani acij.org.au/joint-media-re…
Yadanar Maung, @JusticeMyanmar:"We therefore call on Adani Ports' #shareholders and #creditors to uphold their human rights responsibilities by cutting ties with #AdaniPorts for its continued business with the criminal junta. Stand with the people of #Myanmar." #StopAdani #Divest
Ahsan Haque from @BRCA_Australia: "It's time to hold such businesses accountable in the same light. We call on investors to immediately divest from #AdaniPorts."
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