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Ethnic Armed Organizations Reject Myanmar Junta Peace Talk Bid
April 26, 2022

Ethnic Armed Organizations Reject Myanmar Junta Peace Talk Bid

By Sebastian Strangio
Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing's promise of fresh negotiations is a transparent attempt to split the anti-coup resistance.

Anti-Junta Forces Shoot Deputy Governor of Myanmar’s Central Bank
April 08, 2022

Anti-Junta Forces Shoot Deputy Governor of Myanmar’s Central Bank

By Sebastian Strangio
Credit for the attack was later claimed by a civilian anti-regime militia calling itself the Yangon Region Military Command.
The Emergence of Civilian Resistance to Military Rule in Myanmar
March 08, 2022

The Emergence of Civilian Resistance to Military Rule in Myanmar

By Jasper Picard
In a matter of months, the People's Defense Forces have evolved from rag-tag groups into organized, and increasingly well-armed, military outfits.

Myanmar Junta Accused of ‘Hostage Taking’ During Sagaing Raids
March 02, 2022

Myanmar Junta Accused of ‘Hostage Taking’ During Sagaing Raids

By Sebastian Strangio
The northwestern region of Myanmar has become a hotbed of resistance to the junta.

Myanmar’s Drone Wars
February 26, 2022

Myanmar’s Drone Wars

By Robert Bociaga
Myanmar’s anti-coup forces are rigging civilian drones to carry bombs, while the Tatmadaw uses UAVs for surveillance.

Myanmar Air Force Launches More Air Strikes in Kayah State
February 25, 2022

Myanmar Air Force Launches More Air Strikes in Kayah State

By Sebastian Strangio
The air assaults, which displaced thousands of civilians, reflect the unusually robust nature of the resistance in the eastern state.

Myanmar: From Hopeful Spring to Scorching Summer
February 22, 2022

Myanmar: From Hopeful Spring to Scorching Summer

By Naw Theresa
The intensifying conflict between the military junta and its opponents shows few signs of resolution in 2022.
The Dilemma Facing Myanmar’s National Unity Government
February 21, 2022

The Dilemma Facing Myanmar’s National Unity Government

By Benjamin Mok
The country’s opposition shadow government faces a difficult choice between condoning attacks on civilians and promoting civilian immunity.

Chinese Pipeline in Myanmar Damaged in Attack by Anti-Regime Forces
February 17, 2022

Chinese Pipeline in Myanmar Damaged in Attack by Anti-Regime Forces

By Sebastian Strangio
Chinese facilities and enterprises are increasingly being caught in the crossfire of the struggle between the PDFs and the Tatmadaw.

The Battle for Myanmar
February 01, 2022

The Battle for Myanmar

By Allegra Mendelson
The strong, armed resistance movement surprised the regime, but without greater international support, the situation will likely continue to deteriorate.

Save the Children Confirms Two Staff Killed in Myanmar Massacre
December 29, 2021

Save the Children Confirms Two Staff Killed in Myanmar Massacre

By Sebastian Strangio
The terror attack in Kayah State portends a dry season military offensive against the anti-coup resistance.
Myanmar Troops Massacre 11 Civilians in Sagaing: Reports
December 10, 2021

Myanmar Troops Massacre 11 Civilians in Sagaing: Reports

By Sebastian Strangio
The killings come amid an upsurge of civilian militia activity in Sagaing Region and other parts of central Myanmar.

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