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Tuesday, April 20 2021


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The Myanmar junta’s strategy from start to finish is based on the same gambit: ‘We can be more brutal than you. We can be more shockingly hurtful and terrifying than you.’ That is all they have. But it knows no bounds.

The military broadcast images of six detainees on the nightly news television. The faces of four men and two women were bloodied and bruised. And one of the women had a swollen jaw and what appeared to be a black eye. They are accused of carrying out a bombing that injured three soldiers.

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Pakistan goes up in flames

The TLDR: The nation has been convulsed by violent clashes, which have shaken an already weak government. Its confrontation with the radical group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan—on a violent crusade against blasphemy—reveals how Islamic extremism has been a double-edged sword for the rulers of Pakistan—often endangering those who seek to wield it.

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