Burundi is going from bad to worse

The escalating violence in Burundi escalated a little faster last week, when 100 people were killed in clashes in Bujumbura between Friday and Saturday. The US State Department took the step of issuing a warning cautioning US citizens to avoid traveling to Burundi if possible, which suggests that Washington, at least, thinks that the situation… Continue reading Burundi is going from bad to worse

You need to watch this investigation into the Rohingya genocide

Al Jazeera has put together a remarkable investigation into the Burmese government’s complicity in the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, a genocide that a report from the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London says is entering its “final stages,” with the Rohingya on the verge of… Continue reading You need to watch this investigation into the Rohingya genocide

In which I disagree with Atrios

Normally I’m down with Atrios’s “Worst Person in the World” selection, but today I have to disagree. John Brennan lies a lot about a lot of important things, and he should probably lose his job for it, but the Worst Person in the World today is the (now former, thankfully) blogger for the Times of… Continue reading In which I disagree with Atrios

What’s the deal with Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya?

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?