The Strategic Consequences of Myanmar’s State of Emergency: The Quad vs. China & Russia?
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The Strategic Consequences of Myanmar’s State of Emergency: The Quad vs. China & Russia?

The Tatmadaw’s decision to impose a year-long state of emergency in response to the formerly ruling National League for Democracy’s refusal to seriously investigate the military’s accusations of fraud stemming from last November’s contested elections will temporarily revert Myanmar back to its prior regional pariah status, one which will be exposed to multidimensional pressure from…

Myanmar Needs International Support During Its State of Emergency
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Myanmar Needs International Support During Its State of Emergency

The worst-case scenario would be if some governments refuse to recognize what happened and continue to regard Suu Kyi as the “State Counsellor”. That could create a destabilizing situation somewhat resembling what’s happening right now in Belarus and Venezuela where a handful of countries recognize opposition figures as those states’ legitimate leaders after contested elections…

Bangladesh-Based ‘Rohingyas’ Mustn’t Agitate for Regime Change in Myanmar
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Bangladesh-Based ‘Rohingyas’ Mustn’t Agitate for Regime Change in Myanmar

The aggressive statement by Bangladesh-based ‘Rohingya’ leader Dil Mohammad imploring the international community “to come forward and restore democracy at all costs” in Myanmar following Monday’s dramatic developments there is extremely counterproductive and risks confirming accusations that this Muslim minority group is being exploited as proxies for carrying out regime change in the Southeast Asian…

China’s Myanmar Policy: Peace, Conflict – Whatever Works
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China’s Myanmar Policy: Peace, Conflict – Whatever Works

As Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week sought to make progress on ending decades of civil war by bringing the country’s military and myriad ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, the influence of Myanmar’s looming neighbour, China, weighed large on proceedings. Although bringing peace was a campaign promise when Suu…

Western Media Consumed by Myanmar Monster of Own Creation
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Western Media Consumed by Myanmar Monster of Own Creation

Years ago, those confronting and questioning the Western media’s “pro-democracy” narrative regarding Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party and her supporters including saffron-clad supposed “Buddhist monks,” were ridiculed and dismissed. Warnings that Suu Kyi’s political movement was nothing more than a foreign-funded attempt to co-opt the…

The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets
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The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets

To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China. Aung San Suu Kyi played…