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This Happened — September 27: NLD Founded In Myanmar

On this day in 1988, The National League for Democracy was funded in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Partial Pardon, Moscow Building Hit Twice, Endangered Venice

👋 Allo!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Myanmar’s junta reduces former leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s jail time, a skyscraper in Moscow is hit by a drone attack for the second time in as many days, and UNESCO suggests adding Venice to the list of World Heritage sites in danger. Meanwhile, in Italian daily La Stampa, Franco Giubilei looks at how Italy’s nightclubs and discos have been slowly but surely replaced by “nomadic” parties on the beach and in villas.

[*Seychellois Creole]

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How Beijing's Backing Of Myanmar Sharpens China-India Tensions

While the 1,600-kilometer border between India and Myanmar has seen waves of Burmese refugees fleeing to India as the civil war and air strikes have intensified, the Chinese government has been vocal about its support of Myanmar's military junta. Inevitably, already tense relations between China and India

MIZORAM — In early May 2023, reporters entered the Simei Camp in Mizoram, northeast India. The camp, located on the outskirts of Aizawl, the capital of the Indian state of Mizoram, has housed 140 refugees since the coup of Burmese military ruler Min Aung Hlaing in 2021.

Prior to the February 1, 2021 coup, the term "Burmese refugees" was primarily associated with the Rakhine/Rohingya people of Myanmar. The first wave of Burmese refugees was in 2015, when more than 25,000 Rohingya refugees crossed the Indian Ocean on overcrowded and dirty boats to countries such as Malaysia, and became known for being stranded at sea.

The second wave occurred between 2016 and 2017, when armed conflict and genocide erupted in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, home to Rohingya, and a large number of refugees fled to neighboring Bangladesh. As of May 2023, there were 930,000 Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh.

But the Rohingya are not the only refugees in Myanmar, as more than 1.49 million people, regardless of ethnicity, have been displaced or exiled to neighboring countries as a result of the civil war against the military regime that followed the coup d'état in 2021. According to UNHCR, 88,300 people have fled to neighboring countries since the coup until May 1 of this year, with more than 40,000 Chin refugees, who are of Sino-Tibetan origin, fleeing to the neighboring Indian state of Mizoram.

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Turkey’s NATO Green Light For Sweden, Israel Protests Reignite, Hottest Week Ever

👋 Lumela!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where the NATO summit kicks off in Vilnius after Turkey OKs Sweden's bid to join, Israel’s controversial judicial reforms spark fresh protests and after the official hottest month and day ever, meteorologists register a record-breaking week. Meanwhile, Portuguese digital magazine Mensagem looks at how global warming, with its heat waves, could also incite violence in cities.

[*Sesotho, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe]

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Emma Albright, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Sophie Jacquier and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Khartoum Shelling, Cyclone Mocha Aftermath, “Smile Training”

👋 Aссалом!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where airstrikes and artillery fire intensify across Sudan’s capital, rescue operations are underway in cyclone-hit Myanmar and Bangladesh, and post-COVID Japan learns to smile again. Meanwhile, in German daily Die Welt, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek looks at how advanced AI and the explosion of automated trade on the stock exchange may spell the end of capitalism as we know it.

[*Assalom - Tajik, Tajikistan]

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Tharaphi Than

How Many Dead Bodies? Myanmar Military Stops At Nothing To Squash Resistance

Last week, Myanmar's armed forces bombed a gathering in a village in Sagaing Region, killing scores of innocent victims. It was not an isolated incident.


In the early days of a brutal 2021 military crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar, members of the nascent resistance movement began asking “how many dead bodies” it would take for the world community to act.

More than two years on from a coup that installed military rule in the Southeast Asian country, pro-democracy protesters say they have yet to receive an adequate answer.

On April 11, 2023, the country’s armed forces dropped multiple bombs on a gathering in Pazigyi, a village in Sagaing Region, killing at least 165 people, including many children.

Such attacks are not uncommon, if not usually so deadly. The day before the Sagaing massacre, the Myanmar air force dropped bombs in Falam, Chin State, killing 11 people. In fact, since civil war broke out, 3,240 civilians and pro-democracy activists have been killed, according to the human rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. In response, a fierce resistance movement has emerged, with an estimated 65,000 fighters using ambushes and other guerrilla tactics against military targets.

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Ginevra Falciani & Anne-Sophie Goninet

Myanmar Strike Kills 100, More Leaks Revelations, Air Jordan Slam Dunk

👋 Adishatz!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where a military airstrike in Myanmar leaves at least 100 dead, new revelations emerge from the leaked U.S. documents about the war in Ukraine, and a pair of Michael Jordan’s iconic sneakers break a record. Meanwhile, Ukrainian journalist Anna Akage looks at the simmering tensions between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches that have exploded after a video emerged of a priest beating up a wounded Ukrainian soldier.

[*Occitan, France]

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Ginevra Falciani & Renate Mattar

New $2 billion Ukraine Aid Package, Peshawar Suspects Arrested, The Last 747

👋 Ekamowir omo!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the U.S. is readying another $2 billion in military support to Ukraine, suspects are arrested in the Peshawar mosque bombing and the long (jumbo) life of Boeing’s 747 reaches a final milestone. Meanwhile, French daily Les Echos reports on the emerging haute cuisine culture rising around gluten-free.

[*Nauruan, Nauru]

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Laure Gautherin, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Russia Blames Attack On Phones, U.S. House In Limbo, 25 °C In Bilbao

👋 ሰላም*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Moscow blames its soldiers for using illegal phones that allowed Ukraine to locate them and kill scores in Makiivka, in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. House of Representatives fails to elect a leader for the first time in a century, and heat records are smashed across Europe. Meanwhile, Russian-language independent website Vazhnyye Istorii looks at the dangerous rise of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the infamous Wagner paramilitary group.

[*Selam - Amharic, Ethiopia]

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Édouard Tétreau

Strange And Cruel As It Sounds, 2022 Was A Year Of Hope

Many lives have been lost, rights trampled and dreams crushed. But through the haze, the world took the right turn on many fronts this past year, from Ukraine to Iran to China. Trying to take stock amid the suffering.

The starting premise is a bit daring: to associate 2022 with good news seems naïve at best.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused the death, rape and torture of thousands of people.

In China, the iron-fisted 69-year-old Communist leader Xi Jinping strengthened his control over the Chinese population and looks set to stay in power for life. Meanwhile, in Iran, clerics continue to brutally suppress women’s protests for equal rights; in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to invade Greece.

Of course, it’s hard to speak of a “triumph” of Western democracies, many of which are stuck in sluggish, inconclusive elections: a French executive that lacks a clear majority, Liz Truss in the UK and the probably transient Giorgia Meloni in Italy. And yet...

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Renate Mattar, Emma Albright, Sophia Constantino and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Ukraine Cities Targeted, Xi v. Trudeau, Lego Eiffel

👋 Բարև*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russia continues major airstrikes of Ukrainian cities, the Republicans win control of the U.S. House of Representatives with a slim majority, and Lego releases its tallest set ever. Meanwhile, Global Press Journal zooms in on an unlikely leading candidate ahead of next year’s presidential election in Zimbabwe.

[*Barev - Armenian]

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Sophia Constantino, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Bertrand Hauger

Retaking Zaporizhzhia, Iranian Climber Explains, Healthy Sleep

👋 ¡Hola!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Russia reports an attempt by Ukraine to recapture the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power, Iran’s climber explains why she competed without a veil, and researchers conclude that yes, you do need that beauty sleep. Meanwhile, Marc Pfitzenmaier for German daily Die Welt takes the temperature on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, the “last bastion” between Russia and the entire Batlic region.


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