Category: Burma

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Ramzy Baroud: Rohingya Population Control: The Onslaught in Burma Continues

On April 21, the BBC obtained disturbing video footage shot in Burma. It confirmed extreme reports of what has been taking place in that country, even as it is being touted by the US and European governments as a success story pertaining to political reforms and democracy.  The BBC footage was difficult to watch even Read more…

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Richard Falk: Beyond Language: Reflections on the Arakan Tragedy

Yesterday I listened to the Turkish First Lady, the wife of the Prime Minister, Emine Erdogan, speak about her recent harrowing visit to the Rohingya people in the federal state of Arakan ( formerly now known as Rakhine) who are located in northwestern Burma (aka Myanmar). The Rohingya are a Muslim minority numbering over one million, long victimized locally and nationally Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: ‘Democracy’ and Slaughter in Burma: Gold Rush Overrides Human Rights

The widespread killings of Rohingya Muslims in Burma ­ or Myanmar – have received only passing and dispassionate coverage in most media. What they actually warrant is widespread outrage and decisive efforts to bring further human rights abuses to an immediate halt.   “Burmese helicopter set fire to three boats carrying nearly 50 Muslim Rohingyas Read more…

Bertil Lintner: Burma 2012: Democracy and Dictatorship

The triumphant tour of Europe by Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been a boost to the forces for change in a country that came under iron-fisted military rule half a century ago. She was received with almost the same honour as a head of state in Switzerland, Norway, Britain, Ireland, and France, Read more…

Aung Din: Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Freed After 15 of Past 21 Years in Detention

AMY GOODMAN: In Burma, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is free. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 15 of the last 21 years in detention. She was released Saturday by the Burmese military junta after her latest period of house arrest expired. Hundreds of people rushed to her home after the authorities removed barbed-wire Read more…

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Badri Raina: For Aung San Suu Kyi

In Burma resides a dame, Terra Firma is her name; They lock her indoors, But her pitying smile soars, And the Generals are rendered lame. Thomas Carlyle, that prophetic voice of the 19C, delineated in Heroes And Hero Worship (1841) what he thought were types of world-historical individuals. Among them he projected Cromwell as a Read more…

Joseph Zeitlyn: Burma’s Prisoners of Conscience

This year’s Burma human rights day, on earlier in the month was commemorated by the launch of an international petition (http://www.fbppn.net/?page_id=5) campaign to free political prisoners in Burma. Lead by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and the Forum for Democracy it was supported by around 170 civil society groups globally with events from Dublin Read more…

: Leading saffron monk’s memoir

Burmese monks are known to have played an important role in their nation’s politics throughout its history. While they did not partake in mundane political processes, they traditionally held positions of moral authority, and dispensed wisdom and guidance to past kings, rulers and governments in Burma. On some occasions, emissaries from the monasteries were dispatched Read more…

Joseph Zeitlyn: Burma’s Misery Gobalised

Out of the pariah state into the tumult of international rejection, the story of the Burma’s desperate minorities and the tyranny they flee from. The Rohinga journey, taking to the sea, from the depths of ethnic oppression is a story that scars the 21st century and ridicules notions of progress and enlightenment, it is time Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Expanding the Floor of the Cage, Part IIl

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published June, 1997. BARSAMIAN: You’ve been spending time in South America, where you’ve observed popular grassroots movements. Do you see any lessons that people in the Read more…

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