‘We own the word as we have been using it for decades’: Myanmar users push back against Facebook’s attempts to block term ‘kalar’

Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word “kalar,” often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country. Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, violent threats or deliberately misleading information on their platform —

Politics

Dock workers who held signs to greet Sagaing Regional Minister face charges for ‘peacefully protesting’

Planning on welcoming your local government officials when they pop by for a visit? Be careful how you welcome them, or you might find yourselves being charged for...

Dock workers who held signs to greet Sagaing Regional Minister face charges for ‘peacefully protesting’

Wife of military chief wishes ‘best of luck’ to jailed USDP supporter

After she was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday for insulting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on social media, well-known USDP supporter Sandi Myint Aung posted a...

Wife of military chief wishes ‘best of luck’ to jailed USDP supporter

Myanmar must investigate ‘army beating’ video: rights groups

Myanmar authorities must investigate a video showing men in military uniforms viciously beating and threatening to kill handcuffed detainees suspected of being ethnic rebel...

Myanmar must investigate ‘army beating’ video: rights groups

Secession fears cloud Myanmar peace talks: government

Talks to end decades of bitter civil war in Myanmar have faltered, a government spokesman warned Sunday, blaming ethnic rebel demands for greater autonomy, which the military...

Secession fears cloud Myanmar peace talks: government

UN slams Myanmar, Thailand for deporting Turk

The UN raised “serious concerns” on Saturday over the fate of a Turkish man deported by Myanmar and Thailand this week for alleged links to Fetullah Gulen, the cleric...

UN slams Myanmar, Thailand for deporting Turk

Myanmar-based family abducted by Turkish embassy from Yangon airport

Myanmar-based education professional M. Furkan Sökmen and his family were detained yesterday at the Yangon International Airport while trying to board a flight to Bangkok. The...

Myanmar-based family abducted by Turkish embassy from Yangon airport

Peace activists among 250 Myanmar prisoners granted pardon

Myanmar granted amnesty to more than 250 prisoners ahead of peace talks being held Wednesday with ethnic rebel groups, including two activists sentenced to hard labour for their...

Peace activists among 250 Myanmar prisoners granted pardon

Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process

Hundreds of representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic insurgent groups gathered in the capital on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Aung San Suu Kyi’s stuttering...

Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process

‘Kyat Pha Gyi’ among prisoners granted amnesty

Among the 186 Myanmar prisoners who were granted amnesty today by the Myanmar government ‘as a gesture to welcome the [21st Century Panglong Conference]’ was Hla Phone, also...

‘Kyat Pha Gyi’ among prisoners granted amnesty

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.