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Poppy McPherson
For Poppy McPherson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Myanmar's junta leader, Min Aung Hlaing, at a parade in Naypyitaw in March 2021
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 10, 2023
Losing ground to rebel alliance, Myanmar junta faces biggest test
The fiercest fighting has been near Myanmar's border with China in northern Shan state.
U.S and Philippine military officials link arms with U.S. Embassy representative Heather Variava during the opening ceremony of the annual Philippines-U.S. joint military exercises at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on April 11.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
U.S. military in talks to develop port in Philippines facing Taiwan
The move could stoke tensions at a time of growing friction with China.
Maung Saungkha at an undisclosed location in the jungles of southeast Myanmar
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 4, 2023
Myanmar poet turned rebel leader seeks new base to confront junta
The growth of Maung Saungkha's BPLA owes much to his skills in building bridges with other armed groups, according to allies and analysts.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 11, 2023
Myanmar junta chief's family assets found in Thai drug raid, sources say
Title deeds and bankbooks belonging to Min Aung Hlaingu2019s daughter and son were found at the home of Tun Min Latt, 53, when he was arrested in the Thai capital.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Dec 15, 2022
Monk militia: The Buddhist clergy backing Myanmar's junta
Buddhist monks in Myanmar previously sought to topple successive military dictatorships that kept citizens impoverished and isolated, but many are now supporters of the new junta.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 14, 2022
Troops burn villages in Myanmar heartland as they seek to crush resistance
The military and pro-military militias have been setting fire to villages in central Myanmar almost every day since December.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Nov 11, 2021
The young generation risking it all to topple the Myanmar junta
The battle has made guerrilla fighters of university lecturers, day laborers, tech workers, students and artists and forced countless young men and women into a life on the run.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 19, 2021
Tradition versus credibility: Inside the ASEAN meet that snubbed Myanmar
Southeast Asian ministers were divided between sticking to a tradition of non-interference and the need to retain credibility by sanctioning coup leader Min Aung Hlaing.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 8, 2021
How family of a Myanmar junta leader are trying to cash in
Family members of the air force chief have enjoyed a lifestyle that is out of reach for the vast majority of Myanmar's people.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 19, 2021
How Myanmar's military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens
Intercept spyware gives the military the power to listen in on calls, view text messages and web traffic, and track the locations of users without the assistance of telecom firms.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Mar 23, 2021
Inside the 'spring revolution' opposing Myanmar's military coup
Scores of politicians, officials and activists are taking part in an unprecedented struggle for control of Myanmar playing out across the country and overseas.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 10, 2021
'Rude and insolent': Fraught talks preceded coup by Myanmar army
Interviews with government advisers and others who worked with Aung San Suu Kyi help reconstruct the events that led to the Feb. 1 coup.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 12, 2020
As Myanmar erases names of destroyed Rohingya villages, U.N. map-makers follow suit
On maps produced in 2020 by the U.N. mapping unit in Myanmar, which it says are based on Myanmar government maps, the site of the destroyed village is now nameless.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 21, 2020
'We are a battleground now': In Southeast Asia, U.S.-China tensions flare on social media
Tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea have erupted into a war of words on social media, in what analysts see as a change in U.S. strategy amid a burgeoning superpower rivalry in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 2, 2019
Amid gleaming skyscrapers, Hong Kong's poor set aside hardships and join protests
Just before midnight in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district, a slight man in his 70s peels away from a crowd of protesters jeering at police. Behind him, a young woman calls out, "Be safe!"
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 19, 2019
Myanmar military units linked to Rohingya atrocities accused of committing new abuses
When 35-year-old Ah Hla went to a police station in western Myanmar in late April hoping to see her husband among the prisoners, she didn't know if he was still alive.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 24, 2019
Rohingya camps in Bangladesh spawn a new civil society — and political violence
It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 2, 2018
Lost idol: New wave of Myanmar youth activists look beyond Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar youth activist and television host Thinzar Shun Lei Yi would once have called herself one of Aung San Suu Kyi's greatest fans. Now she is one of her most vocal critics.

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