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Thant Myint-U

Mainly Myanmar (for the moment). New York, Rangoon, Bangkok, & Cambridge. RTs not endorsements.

Joined on 23 April, 2009

http://thantmyintu.com

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Replying to @Myanmar_Now_Eng: Myanmar sees deadliest day since uprising began as junta intensifies attacks on peaceful protesters

At least 18 have…

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Myanmar sees deadliest day since uprising began as junta intensifies attacks on peaceful protesters

At least 18 have been killed and dozens more arrested and injured, though the final toll will likely be higher

Read our full story here:

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Quoted @FrontierMM

Our reporter captures the terrifying moment when police fired on demonstrators in Yangon's Thaketa Township, who had barricaded themselves in a narrow residential lane.
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

The two realities in Myanmar today: (1) a society that doesn't want to live another day under military rule and (2) an army that's been fighting a brutal counterinsurgency war non-stop for over seven decades and will use any means necessary to crush dissent.

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Quoted @FrontierMM

Protesters say one man has been killed after police opened fire on people sheltering in a bus stop at Hledan. Several others have been injured. Police began firing live rounds at around 8:45am.
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#milkteaalliancemyanmar
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Amidst an escalating and violent crackdown these past few days as well as continued demonstrations across the country, terrible scenes in Yangon this morning as lethal force is used against peaceful protestors.

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Essential reading: "Western powers' empty rhetoric is making things worse for Myanmar's people". Exactly right and well said @arongabrielle @Francis_Wade

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What happens to a country's UN delegation after a military coup? Timely and important legal analysis of Myanmar's future representation at the UN:

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Myanmar's Permanent Representative at today's informal session of the General Assembly calls for "strongest possible action" to "restore democracy"

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Villains on the street. Nothing more dangerous than setting armed civilians against other civilians. There is no depth to which Myanmar cannot descend over the coming weeks and months without a peaceful and democratic resolution to the present crisis.

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Quoted @NewStatesman

The historian and former UN adviser @thantmyintu on why the Myanmar military seized power and the prospects of a democratic path for the country.

"Aid should be increased to protect people from the crisis, [which] comes at a time of already acute and rapidly escalating economic distress, in a country already facing multiple internal armed conflicts. If Burma implodes, the impact will be felt right across the region."

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Quoted @TheAtlantic

"China is the biggest loser from this coup." @TMclaughlin3 writes on why the military takeover in Myanmar could spell trouble for its authoritarian neighbor:

Excellent analysis of the (incredibly convoluted) Sino-Myanmar relationship of recent years. China had friendly ties with Aung San Suu Kyi's government and both sides were looking forward to far closer economic relations in the years to come. @TMclaughlin3

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Quoted @TostevinM

Indonesia's foreign minister has now cancelled her trip to Myanmar - which some critics had said would mark recognition of the junta that seized power on Feb. 1 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

Mediation next to impossible now. What's needed are creative ways to support the Burmese people at this critical juncture, in their demands for democracy, including the poorest and most vulnerable, who after a year of economic collapse were already facing a catastrophic future.

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I've been a student of Myanmar history and politics my entire adult life; I've lived and worked in the country for over a dozen years; I know all the key actors in the present drama; and I can honestly say I don't know what the coming months will bring.

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What I'm entirely sure however is that there's no possibility of a better future that doesn't include a radical break from the cultural attitudes as well as the political economies that have made dictatorship Myanmar's default system of government for more than half a century.

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The outcome of the coming weeks will be determined by just two things: the will of an army that's crushed many protests before and the courage, skill and determination of the protesters (much of society) themselves. Two pivotal forces in the raw. Nothing is preordained.

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(1) With widening arrests, increased used of lethal force, window for any peaceful resolution closing fast (2) international reactions of statements & sanctions will have no effect (3) economy at tipping point with banking paralysed & millions unlikely to receive Feb. salaries

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Across Myanmar people organising for the Civil Disobedience Movement, showing extraordinary capacity for collective action that in future, under civilian govt, could & should be harnessed towards creating a fair & equitable, as well as more prosperous society (photo @dvbburmese)

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Quoted @thantmyintu

My piece on Myanmar in today's @FT

Replying to @royngerng: "What’s hobbled Myanmar politics all these years has been gerontocracy and a narrow focus on elections and constitutions...…

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"What’s hobbled Myanmar politics all these years has been gerontocracy and a narrow focus on elections and constitutions... But to succeed they will need to craft a progressive agenda across ethnic lines, centred on inequality and development as well as peace and justice."

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My interview today with @j_tepperman @ForeignPolicy

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Replying to @MabelvanOranje: Want to know more about the Myanmar coup? This @FT piece by @thantmyintu explains what drives the army, the situation o…

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Quoted @thantmyintu

Mon interview aujourd’hui dans Libération @libe

Replying to @mirakamdar: « La vraie histoire est celle d’une société façonnée par la guerre, la pauvreté, la discrimination raciale, l’inégalité et…

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Want to know more about the Myanmar coup? This @FT piece by @thantmyintu explains what drives the army, the situation of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the role of the protestors. Conclusion: Myanmar is on the verge of revolutionary change.

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« La vraie histoire est celle d’une société façonnée par la guerre, la pauvreté, la discrimination raciale, l’inégalité et maintenant le changement climatique, où les opinions de droite et d’ultradroite monopolisent le spectre politique. » #Birmanie

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