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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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Daily news – February 3, 2022 a.m.

AFRICA Artificial intelligence creeps on to the African Battlefield. Nathaniel Allen, Marian “Ify” Okpali, Brookings: Even as the world’s leading militaries race to adopt artificial intelligence in anticipation of future great power war, security forces in one of the world’s most conflict-prone regions are opting for a more measured approach. In Africa, AI is gradually making its […]

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Myanmar’s year of turmoil since the military took power in a coup (Reuters)

Myanmar’s military took power in a coup on Feb. 1 last year after complaining of fraud in a November 2020 general election won by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. Election monitoring groups found no evidence of mass fraud. Myanmar’s year of turmoil since the military took power in a coup | Reuters

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Myanmar tumbles into the abyss (Nicholas Farrelly, East Asia Forum)

Until the 1 February 2021 coup, Myanmar was gradually leaving behind the worst aspects of military dominance. The steps forward were still usually tentative and too often accompanied by steps backwards, but the general direction of change had proved positive for the past decade. Myanmar tumbles into the abyss (eastasiaforum.org)

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Singapore PM backs continued exclusion of Myanmar junta from ASEAN meetings (Reuters)

Singapore’s leader said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should continue excluding Myanmar’s junta from its meeting until it cooperates on an agreed peace plans. Singapore PM backs continued exclusion of Myanmar junta from ASEAN meetings | Reuters

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Ousted Myanmar leader Suu Kyi faces five new corruption charges (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar’s military-installed government has filed five new corruption charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in connection with granting permits to rent and buy a helicopter, an official said. Aung San Suu Kyi, detained since last February’s military coup, is already being tried on five other corruption charges. Each is punishable by up to […]

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Voices of concern at ASEAN over Hun Sen’s Myanmar visit (Al Jazeera)

Malaysia’s foreign minister has said that some Southeast Asian countries had reservations about last week’s visit to Myanmar by Cambodia’s leader, with concerns the trip could be seen as regional recognition of military rule amid continuing opposition to the coup. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty over walkie talkie charges (Al Jazeera)

A military-run court in Myanmar has found civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was overthrown in last February’s coup, guilty on at least three charges and sentenced her to four more years in prison. The 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner was detained as the military seized control of the country nearly a year ago […]

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Fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands camp along Thai border river (Al Jazeera)

Thousands of Myanmar villagers have been forced to live under makeshift tents alongside a river that borders Thailand, fearful of returning to homes they said had been bombarded by military air raids, but reluctant to seek refuge across the frontier. Heavy fighting between the Myanmar military, which seized power in a coup last year, and […]

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Myanmar: WFP plans to aid 4 million through 2022 (UN News)

Ten months since the military takeover in February 2021, food insecurity in Myanmar has risen sharply, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Myanmar: WFP plans to aid 4 million through 2022  | | UN News