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Opinion

To save Myanmar, first crush its economy

Sanctions and other punitive measures the only way to end military rule

| Myanmar
Black smoke billows from the industrial zone of Hlaing Thar Yar in Yangon on Mar. 14: the last straws for investors.   © Reuters

Mark Brown is an independent policy analyst who has worked on Southeast Asian politics and economics over the past decade.

The aftermath of the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar has steadily paralyzed the country's economy, already crippled by harsh COVID-19 lockdown measures.

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