Pakistan sets up three markets near Iran border
Three markets are being established at the Pak-Iran border in Balochistan after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in April this year, the PM’s adviser on commerce and trade said. In a tweet on Tuesday, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood said “Three Border Markets are now being established at Gabd, Mund & Chedgi in Balochistan, near our [Pakistan] border with Iran.”
Rise of armed civilian groups in Myanmar fuels fears of full-scale civil war
Myanmar is on the verge of a new civil war, a spokesperson for the country’s parallel government has warned, as communities increasingly take up arms to protect themselves from a relentless campaign of military violence. Conflict has raged for decades in Myanmar’s borderlands, where myriad ethnic armed groups are fighting with the military for greater autonomy. Since February’s coup, however, dozens of new, grassroots people’s defence forces have emerged to oppose the junta, with battles occurring in areas of the country that were previously peaceful.
Myanmar violence, hunger and ruin risk deeper refugee crisis
A bitter tide of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, is washing up along the historically fractious Myanmar-Thailand border as fighting spreads into new areas. Over 50,000 people from some 150 villages were reported to have fled their homes around Loikaw and Demoso in the north of Kayah State and Shan State's southerly Pekon township after fighting erupted on May 21.
US Afghan drawdown may complete by ‘July 4’
The US may withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan by July 4, well ahead of the September 11, 2021 deadline set by President Joe Biden last month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while holding in-camera briefing for the members of parliament from the opposition at the Foreign Office on Monday.
Suu Kyi's inconvenient truth and the origins of Myanmar's coup
It was the first time in four months that the whereabouts of Myanmar's charismatic leader could be confirmed. The occasion came on May 24, when Aung San Suu Kyi made her first appearance in a courtroom in the capital of Naypyidaw. A photo released by state-run media shows her seated straight-backed and masked alongside Win Myint, who was president in the government that Suu Kyi led as state counselor, and others.
Joe Biden calls for US to confront its past on 100th anniversary of Tulsa massacre
Joe Biden has used the centenary of the Tulsa race massacre as a rallying cry for America to be honest about its history, insisting that great nations “come to terms with their dark sides”. On Tuesday Biden became the first sitting US president to visit the site where, on 31 May and 1 June 1921, a white mob murdered up to 300 African Americans and burned and looted homes and businesses, razing a prosperous community known as “Black Wall Street”.