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Myanmar/Burma Thread Strelok 02/21/2021 (Sun) 08:09:46 No.13491
We should have a Myanmar/Burma thread. I think it's a big enough topic to justify having it separate from the Chink/Pajeet thread. >What happened? Long story short the Myanmar military has guaranteed 1/3rd representation in their version of congress. Aung San Suu Kyi had introduced a bunch of progressive reforms over the last few years and had frequent visits with Chinese despite Myanmar and China being in a technically hostile relationship. This is a big deal because Chinese nationals have been actively waging a civil war in Northern Myanmar. Suu Kyi lost international support after she approved the Muslim genocides back in 2017 in order to avoid a death sentence by the Myanmar military. The Myanmar military claims there was election fraud, but the evidence is more that this was a move to ensure national sovereignty as the current leader of the military would have been forced to step down/retire following the elections due to anti-military legislation congress passed in recent years. The military is using the excuse of Wu Flu to keep Myanmar's congressional body from officially convening by claiming that public officials violated COVID restrictions and utilized communication means to contact foreign countries when they were under investigation (something that is extremely illegal in Myanmar). Currently civil servants are protesting by manipulating the markets to crash the Myanmar economy with no survivors in order to try to justify UN interference in the form of foreign aid. Health workers, education workers, transportation workers, and banks are refusing to operate and holding protests. Foreign interference is expected. >Why does this matter? The military coup is aiming to restore the balance of power between military and civilian offices in government. If this fails, you can expect a war between Myanmar and China before the end of Biden's presidency as a means of China acquiring more territory. Specifically gemstone/mineral-rich territory that Myanmar already heavily exploits. This could give China an unprecedented economic edge to manipulate the precious metals market. Despite the military crackdown on communications and being an active part of the government, it is likely that the international community will use the protests as an excuse to start civil war in Myanmar since it could give them an excuse to plant western government military bases near China. >Who are the good guys? There are none. Suu Kyi is a progressive bitch, but the military are equally power-hungry and mostly working to preserve power structures that they failed to keep over the 2000s/2010s. Stop crashing and let me post the thread, damn it. >Flood Detected >When the thread didn't even fucking post God damn it.
>>15168 I mean from the sounds of it, Min Aung Hlaing basically told them what they wanted to hear and plans to get right back to what he was doing. He didn't agree to any negotiations involving political prisons, he didn't agree to end the violence, all he said was "yeah we don't want to be at war with these rebellious youth either, sure you can come in if you think you can act as negotiators." From the very start I don't think the Myanmar military actually wanted a civil war, they were just securing their power from an old cunt trying to depose them in favor of foreign investors, and then watched people flip shit when the narrative turned it into a military coup. I imagine they probably intended to return control of the political process to the civilians as their initial statements suggested before all this shit happened, and being stuck in their ways, the only real response they could give was brutalism to try to make the civilian sector shut the fuck up. Whether that's morally/ethically right or wrong isn't up to me to decide, but I don't honestly believe this "coup" was ever intended to be long-term.
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>>15164 Followup confirming the fun will continue. Myanmar activists slam ASEAN-junta consensus, vow to continue protests https://archive.is/3Mtc0 https://archive.is/OIeId Myanmar's pro-democracy activists sharply criticized an agreement between the country's junta chief and Southeast Asian leaders to end the nation's violent post-coup crisis and vowed on Sunday to continue their protest campaign. >Some scattered riots took place in Myanmar's big cities on Sunday, a day after the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Jakarta, Indonesia, reached a consensus to end the turmoil in the country, but gave no timeline. >In the final statement at the end of Saturday's meeting, the language on freeing political prisoners had been unexpectedly watered down and did not contain a firm call for their release >The "five-point consensus" in the chairman's statement at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting did not refer to freeing political detainees. However, the statement separately mentioned that the summit "heard calls" for their release. The summit was attended by Myanmar's junta leader Min Aung Hlaing. >The absence of a strong position on this issue caused dismay among human rights activists and opponents of the coup, fuelling criticism by them that the meeting had achieved little in the way of reining in the country's military leaders. >The five consensus points, however, include an undertaking for "all parties" in Myanmar to be involved in dialogue. >The other points of consensus were an end to violence, a special ASEAN envoy, humanitarian assistance and a visit by a delegation to Myanmar to "meet all parties concerned". >"Whether it is ASEAN or the U.N., they will only speak from outside saying don't fight but negotiate and solve the issues. But that doesn't reflect Myanmar's ground situation," said Khin Sandar from a resistance group called the General Strikes Collaboration Committee. >"We will continue the protests. We have plans to do so," she told Reuters by phone. >According to a statement from ASEAN chair Brunei, a consensus was reached in Jakarta on five points - ending violence, a constructive dialogue among all parties, a special ASEAN envoy to facilitate the dialogue, acceptance of aid and a visit by the envoy to Myanmar. >The five-point consensus did not mention political prisoners, although the chairman's statement said the meeting "heard calls" for their release. >"We realized that whatever the outcome from the ASEAN meeting, it will not reflect what people want," said Wai Aung a protest organizer in Yangon. "We will keep up protests and strikes till the military regime completely fails." >"ASEAN's statement is a slap on the face of the people who have been abused, killed and terrorized by the military," said a Facebook user called Mawchi Tun. "We do not need your help with that mindset and approach." >Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it was unfortunate that only the junta chief represented Myanmar at the meeting. >Phil Robertson also said political prisoners would need to be "involved in any negotiated solution to the crisis". >"Not only were the representatives of the Myanmar people not invited to the Jakarta meeting but they also got left out of the consensus that ASEAN is now patting itself on the back for reaching," he said in a statement. >Myanmar's parallel National Unity Government (NUG), comprised of pro-democracy figures, remnants of Suu Kyi's ousted administration and representatives of armed ethnic groups, said it welcomed the consensus reached but added the junta had to be held to its promises. >Besides the junta chief, the leaders of Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei were at the meeting, along with the foreign ministers of Laos, Thailand and the Philippines. The NUG was not invited but spoke privately to some of the participating countries before the meeting. >At the summit, leaders and their representatives gave speeches on the situation in Myanmar, with coup leader Ming Aung Hlaing presenting his views last, said Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsieh Loong. >"He said he heard us, he would take the points in which he considered helpful," Lee said.
>Karen ethnic rebels capture Burmese military base on Thai border The memes are amplifying again.
>>15234 I'll never get over the fact that they're called Karens. Makes me chuckle every time.
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FNN had a nice photo collage of recent events so I'm stealing it. >1. The 19-year-old said he was repeatedly beaten while held in military detention. >2. His back shows the scars from being whipped with cable wires, after he was released from military detention. >3. The 19-year-old said he was detained after soldiers found images on his phone of him at protests. >4. An undated photo of dance teacher Khin Nyein Thu. >5. A former army cadet from Myanmar's military who defected across the border to India after being ordered to take part in raids and beatings of protesters.
Nevermind, thought there was only like 20 images, there's actually 106, so just have an archive link: https://archive.is/XfyBq
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>Images didn't post
>>15260 I feel sorry for them, they just want to speak with the country's management.
to what extent has the internet been shutdown, is it just at certain times? they can still get photos and videos out
>>15302 Officially as of the beginning of April, Myanmar has banned all wireless communications (radio, wifi, 4G, etc.) that are not for military use (since this is how the rebel groups communicate). All hardwired connections have mandatory overnight blackouts at the ISP level from curfew until the next morning and in theory are only supposed to be used by banks, large corporations, and government institutions. People using the few and far between hardwire connections are using them over tor, VPNs, etc. Journalists began to be arrested and shot at as regular protests about two weeks ago, which is why almost all of the photos in that CNN article are post-dated April 12th or earlier since most news agencies either pulled out or had their journalists pull out for them when they started getting shot at/tortured.
>>15304 So much for freedom of the press checking tyranny.
>>15305 This is Myanmar. They don't have freedom of the press. They never even signed the international conventions banning torture, anon.
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>>15305 >So much for freedom of the press checking tyranny. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt friend, and not assume you're some laughable neoLib cuck or some kind of glownigger gayop and just say >LOL what a farce Back when Benjamin Franklin was an important part of the press, it may have served some good purpose. For the past 150 years or so, it's primary aim has been to support the globalist kikes in their usurpation of every White nation's natural lords. BTW, you're not some kind of golem for the globalist kikes are you friend?
>>15304 All they really needed to do was simply fully block two sites: (((Kikebook))) and (((Twatter))). The Fucking CIA Niggers utilize those two platforms for this kind of rabblerousing far, far more than any others. They were stupid not to pull those two plugs from day one, and then everything else would have proceeded as normal. No muss, no fuss.
>>15311 Most American social media sites including Facebook, Instagram Twitter, Wikipedia, and most of the major news organizations were already blocked in Myanmar before this point. They banned them all on February 6th. The coup happened February 1st.
>>15312 Certainly a good idea. Mind providing some sauce Strelok?
>>15310 I'm pointing out that the global media is just a bunch of spineless grifters that are just there to be tourists, take photos, sell tall tales; when the shit hits the fan they scatter like the rats they are. They go around to the UN, the NGOs, they preach to the choir about how necessary they are, but they are just spineless cowards looking to make a quick buck. They use the reputation of men with far greater character than they like Franklin to justify their existence, pretending like they inherited that tradition of principled defense of rights and liberty unto death, but the fibre of the worst shitposter on /k/ has more mettle than them. And all this before taking into account that they sell any values they do have to be a mouthpiece for those that pay them.
>>15313 >Mind providing some sauce Strelok? Myanmar’s new military government orders to temporarily block internet access Tech Crunch: https://archive.is/YoI5U TheVerge: https://archive.is/0t27i Myanmar blocks Twitter amid outrage at coup DW: https://archive.is/uh1zq All of this happened during the /100rads/ period of the Burma discussion.
>>15315 I see, good move you ask me. But then again, presuming that was actually true and not just corporate-controlled media hysterics posturing, why were all those sites filled with eye-witness images and accounts then?
>>15316 Are there not still foreign journalists and embassies in Myanmar? It would behoove the West to acquire and disseminate these images both inside and outside the country to undermine the junta.
>>15316 Why were all those sites filled with eye-witness images and accounts then? See >>15318 and third image from >>15193 Thailand is pro-west, Bangladesh is anti-Burma even if they aren't pro-west, and all of the news articles either take place in Yangon which has plenty of banking hardwired internet lines to run VPS services through, several days late out of the ethnic minority northern regions, or along the Thailand border. If you look past the major news outlets which just parrot whatever hearsay comes out of Yangon/Thailand, the stories are typically about a week or two apart and rarely "breaking news" suggesting a journalist is gathering scoops and then crossing the border to report them, such as the torture cases that have been emerging.
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>>15153 It seems I was wrong in >>15164 it would appear Russia is actually backing Burma based on this opinion piece. Since it's an opinion piece I'm not going to bother with my usual cleaning-up to make it more neutral. Why Russia is betting on Myanmar’s military junta Authors: Artyom Lukin, Far Eastern Federal University and Andrey Gubin, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies https://archive.is/FmwD3 >On 1 February 2021, Myanmar’s military junta declared a state of emergency and seized power from the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup immediately created a political crisis and resulted in mass bloodshed, but the international response has been divided. >While the US-led West and its key Asian allies such as Japan and South Korea condemn the coup and imposed sanctions on the junta, other key powers are more ambivalent. In the UN Security Council, China, India and Russia have made efforts to shield the perpetrators from harsher censure and potential UN sanctions. >From the very beginning Russia has refused to condemn the coup, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs merely expressing hope for ‘a peaceful settlement of the situation through the resumption of political dialogue’. In the same statement, Moscow noted as an encouraging sign that the military intended to hold a new parliamentary election. Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti justified the coup by arguing that the Myanmar army, the Tatmadaw, is the only viable guarantor of the multi-ethnic country’s unity and peace. >The most visible manifestation of Russian support for the junta came in late March, when Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin became the highest-ranking foreign official to attend Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day parade in the capital Naypyidaw. While the military was violently cracking down on protestors, Fomin held talks with junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. He called Myanmar ‘Russia’s reliable ally and strategic partner in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific’ and emphasised that Moscow ‘adheres to the strategic course of enhancing relations between the two countries’. >There are several reasons why Russia is emerging as the most high-profile supporter of the Myanmar military government. >Moscow’s close ties with Myanmar date back to the 1950s. Given that for most of its modern history the Southeast Asian country has been governed by the military, Russia has developed a working relationship with its uniformed rulers. Incumbent strongman general Min Aung Hlaing has visited Russia on numerous occasions, most recently in June 2020 to attend the Victory Day parade in Moscow, and is known as a champion of Myanmar–Russia ties. >Under Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar–Russia military cooperation has received a boost. After China, Russia is the country’s second largest supplier of arms, being the source of at least 16 per cent of weaponry procured by Myanmar from 2014–2019. Myanmar’s military is now awaiting the delivery of six Su-30 fighter jets ordered in 2019, and in January 2021 the two sides signed contracts for a Russian air defence system and a suite of surveillance drones. >Thousands of Myanmar’s military officers have also received training in Russia’s military academies. Tellingly, the Myanmar commander-in-chief maintains an official account on Russia’s VK social network while being banned from Facebook and Twitter. It is not coincidental that the Kremlin’s main interlocutor with Myanmar is defence minister Sergey Shoigu, who happened to visit the country just several days before the 1 February coup. >Given this long-standing and profitable relationship with the Myanmar military, it stands to reason that Russia is not going to condemn the coup, let alone sanction the junta. Russian President Vladimir Putin has never been known for his sympathies for pro-democracy movements backed by the West, and the Kremlin hardly sees the English-educated Aung Sang Suu Kyi, whose two sons are British nationals, as a desirable alternative to uniformed rulers. >Moscow’s support for a military dictatorship could damage its international reputation, but with what has already transpired between Putin and the West, the Kremlin could hardly care less about its reputational fallout from Myanmar. In defence of its stance on Myanmar, Russia could also point to Western hypocrisy — neighbouring Thailand is ruled by generals with dubious democratic credentials, but the country remains in the West’s good graces due to being a ‘treaty ally’ of the United States. >It is unclear to what extent Moscow will coordinate its Myanmar policies with Beijing, Russia’s main strategic partner and a fellow autocracy. The Chinese government has refrained from condemning the military takeover, but compared to Russia it has been conspicuously less supportive — China’s relationship with the Tatmadaw has always been complicated, and Beijing is hardly happy about the coup. Article too long.
>>15320 >Whereas Moscow’s relationship to Myanmar is mostly limited to military-to-military ties, with scant social and economic interactions, China’s relations with its southern neighbour are more multi-dimensional. Beijing cannot afford to antagonise pro-democracy segments of Myanmar’s population, so it needs to adopt a more complex approach. >Moscow and Beijing are likely discussing the situation in Myanmar, but their strategies differ. Russia is driven by the desire to keep lucrative military contracts and possibly gain a foothold in the Indian Ocean. By contrast, Beijing is guided by more long-term strategic interests dictated by Myanmar’s immediate proximity to China’s Yunnan province. >Viewing itself as a global great power, Russia has a stake in maintaining a strategic presence in Myanmar, a geopolitically important country in the Indo-Pacific. To retain and expand Russia’s links with Myanmar, the Kremlin has banked on the generals. It remains to be seen if Moscow’s calculus will turn out to be the right one. >Artyom Lukin is Associate Professor at the Oriental Institute, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok. >Andrey Gubin is a Senior Researcher at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Moscow. Let this be a reminder to Strelok that I am just one man who looks at things from the angles presented to him, and that I am prone to mistakes. Makes sense why all of a sudden the news media picked this shit up when it was largely only international and Asian-oriented sources discussing it for months.
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Based on the types of articles floating around the last couple days, I do believe all foreign journalists have been effectively kicked out of the country or sent into hiding, so I will likely be posting fewer news articles mostly about when such journalists in hiding are captured/smuggled out to share findings, and the ones posted will probably mostly be border skirmishes where foreign actors can view the carnage unless the situation changes.
I don't want to get too political we already seem to have a new batch of posters who see /k/ and read /pol/, but it looks like a defeat for the global democratic movement. similar to what happened with the Arab Spring. And if it turns into a civil war, then that gives more legitimacy to violence. Add in that the US doesn't seem to counter Russian and Chinese influence in Myanmar, and we can see this whole situation as one more step towards a warlike world.
>>15385 You plainly took a wrong turning somewhere in back of you. You clearly write and think just like some neoLib, aka, some over-socialized, highly privileged and coddled White woman. Politics and weaponry are inextricably-interlinked together, and have been since pre-history. All men know this instinctively. A people that survives, survives only because it has smart, powerful men to lead them and protect them. Females are plainly worse than worthless in any kind of major leadership role over a people. With extraordinarily few exceptions in history, it's simply a recipe for emasculation of a people and their eventual destruction. Look no further than the current crash of the West (if you can take the rose-colored glasses off for a moment) as clear evidence of the evil of allowing women to be involved in politics. Let the women manage the kitchen, while barefoot and pregnant. And any so-called 'democratic movement' is anything but a positive effect on a nation or a people group. The people themselves know far better how to manage themselves than a council of ultra-rich oligarchs in Brussels and Tel-Aviv do. Don't expect /k/ to have favor on such leftist views as you obviously are espousing here. One day -- under the Kingdom to come -- we'll all be able to beat our swords into plowshares. But that day isn't today. And until it comes fighting and warfare will always tend towards conservatism and wisdom, as well it should.
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>>15389 >thinking I've endorsed democracy in that post >not understanding that /k/ is inherently pro-war >>>/reddit/
>>15391 >Addressing one point out of the whole post. >Democracy=/=war >Doesn't even mention the other points made in the post, instantly sends to Reddit (a.k.a. Internet gulag). Did you even read his post? Or did you just forget the first half of the post while reading the second half?
>>15385 I mean I see democracy as the god that failed so I don't see this as a bad thing since it would seem to me that Western influences aren't actually interested in protecting "democracy" but rather in using "democracy" to force Myanmar to bend the knee to globalist rule. That being said, I don't particularly like the idea of the only two factions being a group of globalist cocksuckers and a boomer-tier outdated military junta with no sense or desire for compromise. This isn't the 1970s any more but it sure looks like it seeing Burmese military doctrine up until now. The only reason I have even an inkling of support for the military junta is because I'd rather a nation that handles its own problems first and international ones second instead of a nation that uses French democracy to push for genociding ethnic groups (Muslim or not) and is in the hands of China and the USA simultaneously.
>>15393 I've chalked up the events as a loss for globohomo, and in turn he accused me of being a woman and then started rambling about going barefoot. What the hell am I supposed to address out of all that nonsense?
>>15395 The /pol/ & /k/ question. He pointed out that politics and weapons are intertwined. I think politics are part of a war board, If it's not explicitly reduced to the "hands-on" aspect of war, namely strategies and tactics.
>>15389 Are you the same anon that makes everything about women? or are there more of you?
>>15399 He's probably the anon that periodically shows up every time /k/'s PPH goes up in order to make sure it drops again.
>>15399 I suspect it's this strelok over here >>15336 Same way of talking down to people without a strong point, though I agree that war/weapons and politics are strongly connected.
>>15394 >I don't particularly like the idea of the only two factions being a group of globalist cocksuckers and a boomer-tier outdated military junta with no sense or desire for compromise There are also those various ethnic groups and their small armed forces, but even a cursory reading suggests that their relationships are somehow complicated and yet it's obvious that they will side with the globalist cocksuckers. At least for the time being, I can see at least a few of them trying to carve out their own independent countries, at least if the opportunity arises.
>>15404 An independent small country inbetween Myanmar and Thailand and inbetween Myanmar and Bangladesh would be great. Issue with the Bangladesh one would inevitably demand control of the jade & ruby mines (or somehow put it in Chink hands). I can see the Karens telling the NUG to fuck off and shooting them in the back if the NUG gets any traction beyond demanding people recognize they "exist" when they're just a bunch of city children propping up ousted politicians for free.
>>15405 >An independent small country inbetween Myanmar and Thailand and inbetween Myanmar and Bangladesh would be great. Great for whom and why? I genuinely don't know enough about the region to understand the implications and consequences.
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>>15407 Myanmar's western border is full of Muslims (that's where the genocides happened in 2017 when all the Muslims fled to Bangladesh). Thailand is a military junta aligned with America while Myanmar's military junta has military ties to Russia and economic ties to China. A buffer state between them would be a good thing for everyone except journalists. Myanmar itself is a conglomerate of different ethnic groups all packed into one swamp country because none of them are independently able to defend themselves without international backing of some kind. Images related.
>>15408 What a fucking mess, I'll have to study the country's geography to make sense of it. But do they have any actual long-standing conflicts going back centuries; or is it simply a case of random tribes and villages being forced to exist in a single country after their areas were conquered by some ruler, and now they can't function in a Western-style state? Is there a single ethnicity (or group of related ethnicities) in charge, or is it even more complicated?
>>15409 The Bamar and Shan can be considered the ruling groups. Only the Kachin and Karen have long-standing conflicts with the Burmese central government, and the Kachin largely don't give a shit so long as they can mine jade/rubies unhindered, which is why this current government crackdown has them up in arms. The Bamar make up 68% of the country's population with the Shan making up 9% and the Karen making up 7%. All the other groups make up 5% or less of Myanmar's population. They've swapped hands for different governments, but they've basically been a multi-ethnic set of kingdoms working together since the 1050s, got split up by the Portuguese in the 1600s, and then ganged up again to kick out the Portuguese. Then they got conquered by the East India Company in the 1800s because some British nobles likes using the country as a retirement home until the Japanese kicked them out in the 1940s. You could say it's always been a multi-ethnic region, but British and later Japanese conquerors upset the balance of power to allow the Bamar people to gain an ethnic majority foothold after World War II and they've been holding onto power since the 60s more or less uncontested outside of the Karen regions.
>>15404 Aren't the rebel groups, at least the larger ones like the Karens, practically their own countries in all but name? It seems like a lot of those border areas are almost devoid of government control and are only significantly populated with minority rebels.
>>15408 >>15410 This looks like a real-life Free-for-All. I hope this won't end in another puppet state of the U.S.
>>15414 I can't speak for the others, but the Karens are to Myanmar as the Chechens are to Russia, just with smaller ethnic armies on both sides, if that helps explain things. The central Burmese military would crush the Karens under normal circumstances, but since everyone is rebelling, they can't direct their armies to any one region out of fear of another region gaining a foothold. Realistically this is a war of attrition where the longer the conflict continues, the more power the central Burmese military can consolidate/eliminate political dissidents. That's part of why the West is so eager to point out every little detail in the hopes of some politician in some western country gaining enough traction to declare war on Myanmar to justify everyone else jumping in. Myanmar's stability is important to the region because of their close proximity/sharing a border with both India and China (which is the only reason the UN hasn't called for peacekeepers to be sent to the region since it could spark a China-India conflict).
>>15419 There's also a chance if that seem likely to happen, you'll see a minor rappoachment of India-China to keep the west out of Myanmar, mainly because they both hate the west more than each other on such an issue. Neither side is willing to see a repeat of the migrant "crisis" in the EU caused by the US blowing shit up in Syria/Libya and would prefer a semi-stable Burma to a western warlord Somalia one. Now, what would be REALLY interesting is the Chinese taking back the land they ceeded to Myamar earlier. My guess, by the ASEAN meeting with the military it's a tact Chinese/India agreement of leting the ruling juntra stay. Because Cambodia/Laos/Singapore are Chinese aligned and the rest are India/US aligned (and vietnam is just anti-china in general). So the score so far is: Junta aligned: >Russia Lean juntra >China (begrudgingly) >Thailand (Maybe) >Laos Protester aligned >EU >US >Bangladesh Lean protesters >Australia Unknown, still in the wait and see bag: >India It's gonna be a fun show in a few months lads.
https://archive.is/QJedZ https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-myanmar-military-business/ Bloomberg ran an interesting article basically explaining how the Myanmar Junta is able to avoid sanctions because domestic industry is ran in a sort of hyper-capitalist nationalist-lite format where most of the country's core industries are partially if not fully owned by the military and where active duty and retired military are largely the shareholders as part of their benefits packages. It's apparently extremely inefficient, but because they focus on domestic goods like beer and rice where in some cases they have 60% market shared or greater, they're able to turn a hefty profit which is then distributed through the shareholders (current and former military).
>>15658 North Korea already proved that you can run a country on nothing but starvation and military power, and now Myanmar goes even beyond that, because the military doesn't even have full control, and yet they can still rake in the money just fine. Of course, having China to trade with helps a lot, especially because they have gems to trade with, but it's still hilarious that the best US and co can do is to issue some economic sanctions and tell everyone how very concerned they are.
>>15678 My favorite is still Thailand demanding the release of leaders/journalists while simultaneously deporting refugees back to Burma.
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>>15680 They've paid their lip service, and this is what really matters in this fucked up world.
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>>15680 https://archive.is/MTK8o >Three reporters and two activists from Myanmar have been arrested in Thailand for illegal entry and face possible deportation, the reporters' news organisation and local police said on Tuesday. >Broadcaster DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma) said the five were arrested on Sunday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and it appealed to Thai authorities not to deport them to Myanmar, where the news organization has been banned by the junta. >"Their life will be in serious danger if they were to return," said Aye Chan Naing, DVB's executive director, in a statement, which also appealed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for help. >The statement said they had fled the army crackdown in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup, during which dozens of journalists have been among thousands of people arrested. DVB and several other independent media organizations had their licenses revoked. >Thapanapong Chairangsri, the head of police in the San Sai district outside Chiang Mai, told Reuters that five Myanmar citizens had been arrested for entering the country illegally and would be brought to court on Tuesday. >He said they would be deported in accordance with the law, but added that because of the coronavirus outbreak they would be held in detention for 14 days before being handed to immigration authorities.

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