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Myanmar, having warmed to the West, turns to China again

Myanmar was supposed to turn away from China and toward the West when the U.S. helped it transition from five decades of military rule. The opposite is happening as the Southeast Asian country’s new civilian government fails to attract Western investment and Beijing goes on a charm offensive. China is …

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Rohingyas a personal challenge for Suu Kyi

 By:: Sunanda K Datta-Ray (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File) India had good reason to try and block the United Nations human rights council from sending a mission to Myanmar to examine the Rohingya situation against the wishes of the State Counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu …

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Suu Kyi’s Apartheid Myanmar – OpEd

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui How long our world must witness the ethnic cleansing of vulnerable minorities? In Myanmar, it’s a routine thing against the minority Rohingyas who mostly live in the northern Arakan state, close to Bangladesh. They are the most persecuted people in our planet. They were persecuted for nearly half a century …

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The lonely Rohingya

Human rights abuse against the Rohingya in Myanmar continues to escalate. The latest from the UN is that children are among the thousands of Rohingya that have been arrested by the Myanmar government in a military operation in the country’s Rakhine state. The country’s democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …

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Suu Kyi’s position on ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

By Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi In a recent interview with the BBC, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Laureate, denied that there was any ethnic cleansing taking place in her country. She said: “I don’t think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is …

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Danger of violence looms in Myanmar

Asean needs to demonstrate a collective resolve in nudging Myanmar towards accommodating the aspirations of the Rohingya community The Myanmar government recently ended the ‘clearance operation’ mounted since October last year in the country’s troubled Rakhine State. The operation was launched after, in a first incidence of its kind, alleged …

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