The latest step in Myanmar’s campaign to erase the Rohingya people from the planet involves literally erasing them from the lexicon: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the UN special rapporteur on human rights that the government will avoid using the term “Rohingya” to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country’s north-west.… Continue reading Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rohingya ethnic cleansing program continues apace
It’s estimated that over 100,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar over the past two years in the face of state-condoned hostility from Rakhine State’s Buddhist majority. over the past two weeks about 900 Rohingya a day have been boarding ships to sail someplace, anyplace, else, Thailand usually, and many more have attempted to make… Continue reading Good read on the continuing plight of the Rohingya
Well, OK, my break is over and it seems like I should get back into the swing of things around this place. But because I have a hard time breaking back into stuff without going over all the many disasters events that have taken place while I was trying not to pay too much attention,… Continue reading While I was out (to lunch)
Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video earlier this week in which he announced the creation of an “official” Al-Qaeda branch in India, called Jamaʿat Qaedat al-Jihad fi Shibh al-Qarrah al-Hindiyah or, in English, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Zawahiri claimed that the announcement was the culmination of a “two year” process of organizing smaller jihadi… Continue reading Trying to make a splash in the terror market, Al-Qaeda heads east
There’s been a small but I think growing chorus of observers who are critical of Burmese opposition leader and human rights icon (sort of) Aung San Suu Kyi for the way she’s handled the ongoing genocide of the stateless Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. She hasn’t been totally silent; for example, last year she… Continue reading What’s the deal with Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya?
It’s hard to wrap your head around the magnitude of the refugee crisis brought on by the Syrian Civil War; there are currently something like 2 million Syrians who had fled the country into difficult and uncertain exile, and estimates suggest that well over 4 million Syrians are internally displaced, uprooted from their homes and… Continue reading The budding refugee crisis you may not have heard about
Since I didn’t do one of these last week this will actually cover the past two weeks. Egypt: Obviously this is the big story of the last couple of weeks, with massive protests against the administration of President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies finally reaching the point where the Egyptian armed forces stepped… Continue reading This Week in Oppressive Government Violence: July 7, 2013