Tag: Burma/Myanmar

Myanmar Shifts Suu Kyi Trial to Jail Venue

The military junta in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has ordered all legal proceedings against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be moved from a courtroom to a prison, a source familiar with her cases says. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least…


Prime Minister Calls on Burmese Regime to Release Australian Academic

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called on Burma (also known as Myanmar) to release Australian academic Sean Turnell, who has been held by the military junta since February 2021. Turnell, an Australian advisor to deposed leader Aung Suu Kyi, was arrested five days after the regime staged its coup on Feb. 1, 2021 to remove…


China Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Naval Super Power

Commentary Naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan said that the rise and fall of world trade and empires depends on sea power. Consequently, China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative has been compared to the British Empire strategy of establishing colonies that served as a series of seaports, not only for trade, but also for naval defense and…


US Treasury Sanctions 22 Individuals Linked to Burmese Military

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on 22 people linked to Burma’s military regime and warned of further “increasing costs” over what it called “the military’s suppression of democracy and campaign of brutal violence against” its people. The move comes as the U.S. Commerce Department separately on Friday blacklisted four companies for what…


2 Australians Freed From House Arrest in Burma

An Australian couple has been freed from house arrest in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and will be allowed to return to Australia without charge after being detained in the country for two weeks. Christa Avery and her husband Anthony O’Kane—both business consultants in the country—were denied permission to leave the Asian nation in March…


Burma Becomes New Front for US-China Confrontation as CCP Seeks to Regain Influence: Expert

Commentary Daisuke Kondo, a China expert in Japan, recently wrote an article about how Burma is as important to the United States and China as Taiwan is to these two powers. According to Kondo, the situation in Burma now deserves even more attention as Beijing is trying to regain the influence it lost on Burma…


At Least 39 Reported Killed in Burma as Chinese Factories Burn

Security forces killed at least 22 anti-coup protesters in the poor, industrial Hlaingthaya suburb of Yangon, Burma (also known as Myanmar), on Sunday after Chinese-financed factories were set ablaze there, an advocacy group said. A further 16 protesters were killed in other places, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said, as well as one…


Australia’s Ambassador to Burma Speaks To Detained Advisor of Aung San Suu Kyi

Australia’s ambassador to Burma (also known as Myanmar) has spoken with Sean Turnell, the detained economics adviser to the deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Marise Payne says. “Our ambassador and professor Turnell discussed his health, welfare and the conditions in which he is being detained,” Senator Payne said in a statement on…


Tens of Thousands Protest Burma Coup Despite Internet Ban

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burma’s (also known as Myanmar) cities on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi despite a blockade on the internet by the junta. In an upwelling of anger in the country’s largest city, Yangon, protesters…