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  • U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’

    11/22/2017 10:11:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | Brian Murphy and Max Bearak
    The United States sharply escalated pressure on Burmese officials Wednesday, describing apparent state-backed violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority and their massive refu­gee flight as “ethnic cleansing.” The statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signals a greater push by the Trump administration to possibly impose targeted sanctions against Burmese authorities and others blamed for the humanitarian crisis. But it does not automatically trigger broader action against Burma, also known as Myanmar.
  • Oxford takes down Aung San Suu Kyi portrait as Rohingya crisis intensifies

    09/29/2017 7:03:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.30.2017 | Jo Harper
    The Oxford college where Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied has taken her portrait down from public display. This follows international criticism over her role in her country’s humanitarian crisis. St. Hugh’s College at England’s Oxford University said on Thursday that it had decided to remove the painting of the Nobel laureate from its main entrance, the UK daily The Guardian reported. Her portrait was replaced with a Japanese painting, St. Hugh’s College communications manager Benjamin Jones said. “The college received the gift of a new painting earlier this month, which will be exhibited for a period. The painting...
  • The 'Good Monk' Myth [Burma and Rohingya]

    09/29/2017 10:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 29, 2017 | Joe Freeman
    One night in Rangoon last year, I met up for beers with a man who had participated in Burma’s Saffron Revolution, which saw tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns protest the former junta, prompting a brutal military crackdown 10 years ago this week. That I was meeting a monk for beers may seem odd, but this one had long since left the monkhood. Still, it felt like a bit of a metaphor for the unexpected ways Burma has changed, and for the country’s lack of a fairy-tale ending.
  • Myanmar's killing fields: 45 Hindu bodies are found in mass graves as authorities [tr]

    09/27/2017 1:07:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 27, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    Myanmar troops have uncovered the bodies of 45 Hindu villagers as the army accused Rohingya Muslims of carrying out a massacre. Soldiers say they are still searching for another 48 missing Hindus who are feared dead after the discovery of mass graves in Rakhine state containing skeletal remains, including of women and children. Army chiefs say the villagers were killed by Rohingya militants who also attacked police outposts. They say this justifies a brutal crackdown which has seen 480,000 people from the minority sect flee across the border to Bangladesh in a month.
  • Cattle from abandoned Rohingya villages sold to displaced

    09/27/2017 12:03:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 2:52 AM EDT | Robin McDowell
    Thousands of cows and goats grazed in abandoned fields and wandered through charred out Rohingya Muslim villages after a military crackdown sent nearly a half-million members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted religious minorities fleeing across the border. Now, more than a half-dozen witnesses told The Associated Press, soldiers and police are cashing in on the humanitarian catastrophe. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns. In violence-wracked northern Rakhine state, where village after village has been burned to the ground, security forces and local administrators have been collecting the livestock and bringing it by foot, truck and sometimes boat...
  • Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says

    09/13/2017 3:04:09 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 23 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Sept 13 , 2017 | BBC
    Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general. Antonio Guterres said alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya villagers were completely unacceptable. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Later the UN Security Council called for urgent steps to end the violence. Some 379,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since violence began last month. Whole villages have burned down. The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority Rakhine state, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants. They have lived in Myanmar, also...
  • Myanmar leader Suu Kyi won't go to UN General Assembly

    09/12/2017 11:02:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2017 1:20 AM EDT
    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has canceled plans to attend the U.N. General Assembly, with her country drawing international criticism for violence that has driven at least 370,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims from the country in less than three weeks. […] Attacks by an insurgent Rohingya group on police outposts Aug. 25 have set off a wave of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, with hundreds dead and thousands of homes burned — mostly Rohingya in both cases. …
  • Oh Oh Oh, Pity the Poor Mohammedans

    09/11/2017 8:35:40 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 19 Sep, 2017 | H. Numan
    Yeah really, folks. Because the poor pitiable Rohingya who settled (illegally) in Burma (Myanmar) can’t rape, rob or kill Buddhists as they desire. That’s really sad, don’t you agree? No respect for different cultures. As it happens, I live almost around the corner, in Thailand. I’ve been to Burma a couple of times. That doesn’t make me an expert, of course. Real experts are [white] female professors at left-wing universities who teach Female Gender Mutilation or African Arts. Who have never been to the country at all. What happens in Myanmar is about to happen — or happening already —...
  • A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame: Aung San Suu Kyi, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize [tr]

    09/11/2017 11:43:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 9, 2017 | Nicholas Kristoff
    For the last three weeks, Buddhist-majority Myanmar has systematically slaughtered civilians belonging to the Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing 270,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh — with Myanmar soldiers shooting at them even as they cross the border. “The Buddhists are killing us with bullets,” Noor Symon, a woman carrying her son, told a Times reporter. “They burned houses and tried to shoot us. They killed my husband by bullet.”
  • Rohingya rebels declare truce as conditions deteriorate at refugee camps

    09/10/2017 7:51:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    BreakingNews.ie ^ | 09/10/2017 08:16:00
    Rohingya rebels, whose attack on Burma security forces last month triggered military reprisals, have declared a month-long truce as refugees continue to flood across the border into Bangladesh — and scant basic resources, hunger and illness. The band of Muslim insurgents calling itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army issued the truce statement on its Twitter account and urged Burma’s government to reciprocate in order to assist all victims regardless of their background. The rebels, who say they are fighting to protect their minority members against government-sponsored persecution, launched their first known attacks last October and again on August 25. According...
  • Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi says 'fake news helping terrorists'

    09/06/2017 2:04:49 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 9/5/2017 | Fergal Keane
    Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has claimed that the crisis in Rakhine state is being distorted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation". In her first comments on the latest Rohingya crisis, she said tensions were being fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Myanmar Military Plane With 104 Aboard Vanishes

    06/07/2017 8:44:17 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 7, 2017 | JANE PERLEZ and WAI MOE
    YANGON, Myanmar — A military transport plane with 104 people on board — 14 crew members and passengers who were mostly relatives of Myanmar soldiers — disappeared after taking off Wednesday afternoon from an air base in the southern part of the country, military officials said. The navy and air force mobilized ships and planes to search for the aircraft in the area near Myike Air Base, about 350 miles south of the country’s commercial capital, Yangon, the office of the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, said in a statement. The plane, a Chinese-made Y-8, was en...
  • Islamofascist Abdul Razak: still "searching" for motive - Obama's legacy

    11/28/2016 7:50:13 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 16 replies
    Is it just me? What does "searching for motives" mean? As if Islamist like this Abdul Razak didn't clarify himself well enough. An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a "boiling point," made a reference to "lone wolf attacks" and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.Stop interfering with...
  • Burmese Military Arrests And Jails Christian Pastors On Bogus Charges And Without Trial For Months

    04/08/2017 4:16:48 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 9 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 04/08/2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    While primarily a Buddhist country, Burma is one nation where Christians are severely persecuted for the last 60 years. Christians and missionaries are routinely arrested, tortured, and killed over there. The persecution is so bad that the last movie in the Rambo series with Syvester Stallone was about him helping persecuted Christian minorities and captured American missionaries by the Burmese government, in which in the final end scene he with the Christian missionaries and fellow Burmese Christians take up arms against the Burmese military and wipe them out. In a recent story out of Burma, two Christian pastors have been...
  • Pak is Al Qaeda's 'home': US lawmakers

    02/16/2017 11:15:49 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Lalit K Jha
    Al Qaeda has used America's 'preoccupation' with the Islamic State to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its 'home' in western Pakistan, top United States lawmakers have warned. "Al Qaeda has never changed, and it still sees itself in what it conceives as an existential struggle against the West and against the United States in particular," Bruce Hoffman, Director Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, told members of the House Armed Services Committee. "I think that it's taken advantage of our preoccupation with ISIS (Islamic State) to rebuild its strength, particularly...
  • Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives in Myanmar, greeted by protest

    02/09/2017 9:27:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    reuters ^ | Thursday, 9 February 2017 | Simon Lewis and Aye Win Myint
    The ship docked on the outskirts of the commercial hub, Yangon, where it was due to unload 500 tonnes of food and emergency supplies, with the rest of its 2,200 ton cargo bound for southeast Bangladesh. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past four months from a security force crackdown. The aid shipment from mostly Muslim Malaysia has stirred opposition in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where many see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Malaysia has been an outspoken critic of Myanmar over the crisis in Rakhine state, which erupted after nine policemen were killed in...
  • Buddhists Do Not Like Muslims

    02/04/2017 7:37:14 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    A story that has not received much attention, is the growing hostility towards Muslims by Buddhists in Thailand and Burma. After the killing of 20 Buddhist monks by Muslims, a leading Thai Buddhist monk called for Buddhists to defend themselves against Muslims http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/prominent-buddhist-monk/2497804.html
  • Prominent Legal Advisor to Ruling Party Killed in Myanmar

    01/29/2017 2:04:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Officials in Myanmar say a legal advisor to the country's ruling National League for Democracy party has been shot dead outside Yangon's international airport. Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, was gunned down as he was waiting for a taxi outside the airport. He had just returned to Myanmar after an overseas trip. A taxi driver was wounded in the attack. Officials say the gunman has been arrested. "We have detained and are questioning the gunman to find out why he killed him, and who is behind it or paid him to do it," presidential spokesman Zaw...
  • Ibrahim: The Ugly Truth about Muslim Grievances

    12/12/2016 10:33:09 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Truthrevolt.org ^ | 12-12-2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Do you know the difference between a supremacist grievance and an egalitarian grievance? This is the key to understanding the widely held claim that Muslim grievances are the source of Muslim violence. Take the latest Muslim attack on U.S. soil. Last week, Abdul Razak Ali Artan -- an 18-year-old Muslim refugee from Somalia, who was receiving aid from Catholic charities -- rammed his car into a building at Ohio State University. He then got out and stabbed people with a butcher knife. He was eventually shot and killed by a guard; 13 people were hospitalized. Why did he do it? According to the "experts,"...