Urban warfare intensifies in Mandalay between security forces and civilians

On Tuesday morning, fighting escalated in Mandalay after an early morning raid by junta forces triggered clashes between soldiers and recently formed local civilian forces, local media reported, marking a new chapter of intensifying urban warfare in Myanmar’s anti-coup movement. Armored vehicles were seen patrolling city streets as soldiers and civilian defence forces exchanged shots ...

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Pope prays for peace, calls for ‘humanitarian corridors’ in Myanmar

Pope prays for peace, calls for ‘humanitarian corridors’ in Myanmar

In a Sunday address at the Vatican, Pope Francis joined calls from Myanmar bishops to allow places of worship to remain “neutral spaces of refuge” and called for the...

Min Aung Hlaing visits Russia after UN calls to ‘prevent flow of arms’ to Myanmar

Min Aung Hlaing visits Russia after UN calls to ‘prevent flow of arms’ to Myanmar

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing is currently in Russia for a three-day security conference, according to Myanmar state media, just days after the UN General Assembly passed a...

#FlowerStrike and #RedLipsSpeakTruthtoPower put Myanmar women in the center of the Spring Revolution

#FlowerStrike and #RedLipsSpeakTruthtoPower put Myanmar women in the center of the Spring Revolution

On Saturday, supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and around the world wore flowers to defy the Myanmar military and mark the 76th birthday of deposed State Counselor Aung...

Detained American journalist seen in first court appearance since arrest: Frontier

Detained American journalist seen in first court appearance since arrest: Frontier

Frontier Myanmar’s managing editor Danny Fenster appeared yesterday in a special court in Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison where he was charged with incitement under section...

Myanmar goalkeeper famous for three-finger salute seeks asylum in Japan

Myanmar goalkeeper famous for three-finger salute seeks asylum in Japan

Myanmar national football team player Pyae Shan Aung, who is in Japan for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, has refused to return to Myanmar and has expressed his desire to seek...

Trial begins for detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Trial begins for detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on Monday in a closed courtroom in Naypyidaw where she faces several politically-motivated charges levied against her by...

Independent media ‘sluts’ and ‘whores,’ Myanmar military spokesman says on state TV

Independent media ‘sluts’ and ‘whores,’ Myanmar military spokesman says on state TV

In a press conference aired on state broadcaster MRTV, military spokesperson Zaw Min Tun blasted independent media as “sluts” and “whores.” He also aired a...

World renews call for Spring Revolution, #Black4Rohingya solidarity

World renews call for Spring Revolution, #Black4Rohingya solidarity

Over the weekend, protestors around the world rallied in 48 cities across 25 countries including Myanmar demanding the international community take concrete action against the...

Aung San Suu Kyi asks lawyers for money and food as she refuses military junta assistance

Aung San Suu Kyi asks lawyers for money and food as she refuses military junta assistance

Former State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has asked for assistance from her lawyers to provide her with money and food during her detention, all the while refusing provisions from...


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Coconuts Yangon Politics

This was the big buzzword of 2015 and 2016. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to election victory in November of 2015 and formed a government in April 2016. This ended some five decades of military-controlled rule. In September 2016, the US dropped its remaining sanctions on Myanmar. But many problems remain. The military still controls 25 percent of parliament. Suu Kyi was barred from the presidential post because of a clause in the 2008 constitution – written by the military – preventing anyone with a foreign spouse or children from holding the post. She has one British son and one American son. Instead, she took the jobs of foreign minister and state counsellor, and her close aide Htin Kyaw was nominated for the presidency, giving her the leeway to still make all the decisions and represent the country as its de facto leader. For her administration to succeed, it will need to address an intimidating list of priorities, including making peace with several ethnic armed groups in the country and helping to resolve tensions in Rakhine State between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Needless to say, stories about Myanmar politics are abundant on Coconuts Yangon.