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Freelance journalist/researcher with a passion for the struggle for democracy, human rights & wildlife preservation. Reporting on wars, uprisings & conservation
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Apr 10 β€’ 22 tweets β€’ 16 min read
I just came back a trip around the resistance territories of southern Karenni state (Myanmar).

During my time I went to the frontlines, visited IDP camps in the jungles, stayed the night at an abandoned junta base, met resistance fighters, refugees and community leaders.

Karenni state (also known as Kayah state) as around the size of Qatar, which makes it the smallest of Myanmar's different states and regions.

Yet because of its proximity to the capital Naypyidaw (120 km) it is still a very strategic region.
Nov 16, 2023 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Strong indication from this Fox News report that the IDF is moving guns around in order to "proof" that Hamas was using al-Shifa hospital.

IDF video claims that "minutes ago" they found a single gun behind the MRI machine, same spot in the FOX report: two guns were added.

Seriously watch the original IDF video (re-uploaded minutes ago). At 1:48 the IDF spokesman literally said they found a single gun "just minutes ago", same room as where @TreyYingst walks through in his report. Yet Trey's report shows two extra guns placed in the exact spot
Nov 14, 2023 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
#Palestine πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ BREAKING: AJE reports that Israeli forces have informed the staff of al-Shifa that they will storm the #Gaza hospital tonight. Image #Palestine πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ: multiple reports now that Israeli forces are INSIDE al-Shifa hospital in #Gaza city and are "carrying out operations" within the facility.
Oct 23, 2023 β€’ 144 tweets β€’ 98 min read
The dry season is starting in #Myanmar πŸ‡²πŸ‡². The drier weather and more accessible roads will mean an intensification of fighting between the junta and resistance across the country.

In the north the #KIA as already taken initiative & seized three bases… #Myanmar πŸ‡²πŸ‡²: junta warplanes have repeatedly targeted the village of Nyaung Kone in the Mogok Township (#Mandalay region) as fighting between junta forces and #TNLA & #PDF resistance groups is ongoing in the region.

Sep 19, 2023 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 4 min read
#NagornoKarabakh BREAKING: Azerbaijani military forces have launched an artillery assault on the city of #Stepanakert. #NagornoKarabakh: the sounds of artillery fire and air raid siren s fill the air over #Stepanakert this clouded Tuesday afternoon.

Azerbaijani rethoric strongly suggest they're intending to start another war to finish off Armenian self-rule in the region.
Aug 7, 2023 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Taking about events in #Ethiopia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ή in a group chat and it is striking that outside of the select view so many in international press, diplomacy, politics etc seem totally unaware that the most powerful country in Africa, with a population of 100M is about to implode. If you thought the breakup of Yugoslavia (with a total pop. of 23M) was bad, wait until the same thing happens to an Ethiopian state of 100M, in a country already susceptible to famine, in a region already enflamed, with a totally clueless & divided international community
May 27, 2023 β€’ 50 tweets β€’ 32 min read
#Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦: it looks like the Ukrainian military is setting the stage for the long expected spring offensive as the Commander-in-Chief posted this video today.

"Give us your blessing, for our decisive attack" #Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦: pro-Z channels are reporting several Ukrainian attacks along the frontline in #Zaporizhzhia, in between the Dnipro river and Velyka Novosilka Image
Apr 15, 2023 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 5 min read
The #SAF-#RSF war across #Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡© is not just a power struggle between #Burhan and #Hemedti, it is a clash of two military generations. Two vastly different cultures of warfare, each with a desire to dominate Sudan and have the other one be the scapegoat of decades of misery. Image Burhan represents the old guard, the generals who took power in 1989 and have basically ruled #Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡© ever since. The SAF is a responds to ower struggles with coups and to rebellions with sieges and bombardments. It is a classic Arab military, similar to the EGA πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬or the SAA πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ύ Image
Apr 15, 2023 β€’ 30 tweets β€’ 30 min read
#Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: residents of #Khartoum woke up this morning to the sound of gunfire and plumes of smoke rising into the air as clashes appear to have erupted in the capital city.

These armed confrontations follow weeks of rising tensions between the SAF and RSF military factions. #Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: many Sudanese see loyalists of the former #Bashir regime as being behind the recent tensions, sowing chaos as a way to derail any transition process and attempt a possible return to power…
Feb 22, 2023 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 5 min read
#Palestine πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ: horribly bloody day in the occupied #WestBank today as Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinians and injured over 100 with live ammunition during a raid in the city of #Nablus.

Ages of those killed range from 16 to 72 years old. #Palestine πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ: as this CCTV footage shows some of the Palestinians who were killed today were civilians.

Like this man who was running away from gunfire when an Israeli sniper struck him down
Feb 19, 2023 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 5 min read
#Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: during a speech today #RSF warlord #Hemedti was trying to save his own skin by saying he regretted his role in the #SudanCoup.

He stated the coup of October 25th was a mistake which opened the door for the former regime (Bashir loyalists) to return to power. Image #Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: meanwhile #Khartoum based Resistance Committees are calling for anti-military protests on 21 February. Image
Dec 5, 2022 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 8 min read
#Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: a deal has been reached in order to end the #SudanCoup which has been going on for over a year now.

Both the #FFC and the military have agreed to a 24-month transition, under the leadership of a civilian PM, with elections at the end.

But there's a but πŸ‘‡ #Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡©: just as with the previous transition deal there is very little that holds either #Burhan or #Hemedti to honor their promises, meaning the country is and remains very vulnerable to another #SudanCoup at any moment.

There is also no mention of any reform of the military
Dec 5, 2022 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Air sirens are sounding all over #Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦, as #Russia is reported to have launched dozens of missiles from the Caspian Sea.

For the past weeks Monday has usually been a day of missile attacks on the Ukrainian energy infrastructure. #Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦: a Russian cruise missile was spottee flying over the city of #Dnipro.
Dec 4, 2022 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
#Syria: incredible scenes from the city of #Suwayda today as protesters have stormed the governorate office, setting fire to several regime vehicles and tearing down #Assad portraits #Syria: this is what happened when regime forces tried to break up the on-going protest in the center of #Suwayda.
Oct 15, 2022 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 6 min read
#Iran BREAKING: Evin Prison in #Tehran, the country's most notorious prison which is filled with countless political detainees is on fire tonight. #Iran: gunshots can be heard as smoke rises and the alarm has been raised at the Evin prison in #Tehran.

Something is going on...
Oct 12, 2022 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
BREAKING: #Armenia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡² and #Azerbaijan πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ώ have agreed to sign a formal peace deal which includes an official delimitation of the border by the end of the year. This deal (if successfully followed through) would be a major diplomatic victory for the European Union.

Just last week intens negotiations between πŸ‡¦πŸ‡²πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ώ were taking place under πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί supervision. The Kremlin was completely left out of the process
Oct 10, 2022 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 7 min read
#Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦: Russian missiles and kamikaze drones are terrorizing the capital #Kyiv this morning. Several civilization sites have already been hit. #Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦: one missile hit a playground in the center of #Kyiv, leaving behind a massive crater.
Oct 9, 2022 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 6 min read
#Iran: riot police were smashing up cars in #Mashhad today in a hunt for anti-regime protesters.

#Ω…Ω‡Ψ³Ψ§_Ψ§Ω…ΫŒΩ†ΫŒ #Iran: anti-regime protest are taking place at the Amirkabir University in #Tehran.

Sep 22, 2022 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 5 min read
#Russia πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί: mobilization has started in #Yakutia in #Siberia.

Unsurprisingly ethnic minority regions of Russia are the first to be called up. #Russia πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί: conscripts reporting for mobilization in #Chechnya.
Sep 21, 2022 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 12 min read
Day five of anti-regime protests in #Iran.

It's getting crazy. #Iran: Iranian students write the name #MahsaAmini everywhere across the country to make sure people don't forget her name.
Sep 21, 2022 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Photo reportedly taken at the πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί/πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ tonight. Image Long lines at the πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί/πŸ‡°πŸ‡Ώ border this morning.

Russians are fleeing wherever they can to escape the conscription.