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  • Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in Myanmar, says Amnesty {convert to Islam or die}

    05/22/2018 8:09:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2018 | Hannah Ellis Petersen
    The Rohingya military group Arsa carried out deadly massacres and abductions of the Hindu community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state last year, a new report by Amnesty International has revealed. Testimony collected by Amnesty from dozens of witnesses and survivors of the attacks in Rakhine in August have detailed how up to 99 Hindu men, women and children were killed by Arsa militants armed with knives, swords and sticks. Only those who agreed to convert to Islam were spared. They rounded up all 69 Hindu men, women, and children, before executing 53 of them. Some who agreed to convert from Hinduism...
  • John McCain and Angelina Jolie: America Should Lead in Saving the Rohingya

    03/09/2018 2:08:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2018 | John McCain and Angelina Jolie
    Around the world, there is profound concern that America is giving up the mantle of global leadership. Our steady retreat over the past decade has contributed to a wide array of complex global challenges — a dangerous erosion of the rule of law, gross human rights violations and the decline of the rules-based international order that was designed in the aftermath of two world wars to prevent conflict and deter mass atrocities.
  • Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

    02/15/2018 8:39:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2018 9:22 PM EST | Todd Pitman
    When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as “very excessive.” The journalists, from the now-defunct Unity publication, had been convicted for violating the nation’s Official Secrets Act — the same colonial-era law now being leveled against a pair of Reuters reporters who are facing a staggering 14 years behind bars each. […] Three and a half years on, the thinking of Suu Kyi, who now heads...
  • Israel slams India's vote for UN Jerusalem resolution

    12/28/2017 12:43:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/17
    Israel has protested to the government of India over the Delhi government's support of the recent motion at the United Nations General Assembly calling for the cancellation of United States President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Maariv reported. The protest comes two weeks ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's reciprocal visit to India after the visit of his counterpart Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this past summer. Israel's Foreign Ministry refused to comment. On Twitter, Indian citizens fumed at their government's decision to vote against Israel, Mida reported. "This isn't why we voted for...
  • ISIS vows New Year’s Eve attacks

    12/26/2017 2:12:31 PM PST · by Lera · 26 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Full title: ISIS vows New Year’s Eve attacks, says “We’re going to fight until we rule the whole world by the Sharia” “ISIS Promises to Kill Drunk People Celebrating New Year’s Eve Around the World In First Video From Somalia,” by Tom O’Connor, Newsweek, December 26, 2017: The Somali affiliate of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) released its first video late Monday, offering gruesome threats to those celebrating the holidays with drunken revelry. The debut, nearly eight-and-a-half-minute video began with a shot of a Christmas tree, champagne being poured in a tall glass and the voices of partygoers counting...
  • Pope says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

    12/04/2017 7:27:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 3 December 2017 04:48 CET+01:00 | Catherine Marciano, AFP
    Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told journalists on his plane flying back to Rome that the refugees cried as well. “I knew that I was going to meet the Rohingyas, but I did not know where and how; for me, it was one of the conditions of the trip,” he said. The usually...
  • Oxford strips Suu Kyi of city's freedom

    11/28/2017 2:50:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | November 28, 2017 | Aung Htet
    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her "inaction" in the Rohingya crisis. "When Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997 it was because she reflected Oxford's values ​​of tolerance and internationalism," the city council said in a statement issued late Monday.
  • U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’

    11/22/2017 10:11:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 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...