Category: Burma

Murtaza Shaikh: Can democracy and genocide co-exist in Burma?

Journalists ignoring or giving fleeting importance to the Rohingya story undermine the very ethics of their profession

Ramzy Baroud: Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

The most recent elections have been, by far, the most successful of the generals’ democracy schemes in recent years

Walden Bello: The Dark Side of Asia’s ‘Tiger Economies’

From declining worker protections to violent labor trafficking and ethnic cleansing

Walden Bello: Southeast Asia: Home to Ethnic Cleansing, Slavery, and Hazardous Work

Pundits remark cynically that instead of integrating dynamic tiger economies, ASEAN integration will pool together societies with unsolved, deep-seated social problems

Ramzy Baroud: Beyond the Middle East: The Rohingya Genocide

While tens of thousands of Rohingya are being ethnically cleansed, having their villages torched, forced into concentration camps and some into slavery, Burma is being celebrated by various western and Asian powers as a success story of a military junta-turned democracy

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…

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…

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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