What Is Behind the Latest Coup in Myanmar?
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FEATURING EDITH MIRANTE – The Biden administration has just designated the military takeover of government in Myanmar to be a coup d’etat—a move that automatically triggers a freeze of U.S. aid to the tiny Asian nation. Myanmar, historically known as Burma, had enjoyed a brief period of democratic rule albeit marred by a genocidal drive against its Rohingya minority. The once embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been under house arrest for years, was then freed, and went on to become a leader in the new government. She now faces detention once more as the military crafted a formal charge against her. This time around Suu Kyi does not have the international standing she once did. What has happened in Myanmar to spark this latest military takeover?