Articles by Maung Zarni

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Myanmar’s [Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Is Turning Far-Right
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019

8 Jun 2019 – Pictures from Budapest of a smiling Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi shaking hands with Viktor Orban, Hungary’s president, strikes fear for my Muslim friends back home in Myanmar, including the systematically persecuted Rohingya. The two reportedly exchanged their unconcealed fear and loathing of Muslims and migrants.

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How ‘Never Again!’ World Deals with Modern Genocides
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

9 Apr 2019 – If your people suffer genocide, here is the package deal you will get from our indifferent world:
The mass media will descend on the crime scene as long as there is blood to be filmed;
Western media corporations will send your spokesperson a chauffeured Mercedes for a three-minute TV interview;
The UN General Assembly will pass a resolution or annual resolutions — as long as the genocide has not stopped — in order to try to appear to be doing something for the victims;
The Security Council will debate and adopt a non-binding resolution;
The secretary-general, the glorified chief clerk of the world’s most bloated bureaucracy whose purpose is long gone, will mention “Never again!” and lament his — never her — impotence;
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Rohingya Genocide Survivor Censored by American Patrons in His Testimony before the US Senate
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

9 Apr 2019 – It came to my attention that Tun Khin was, in effect, instructed to NOT mention the Genocide Convention in his testimony, because it would undermine a Burma legislation that IS SUPPOSED TO help Rohingyas. When a fact such as that the Genocide Convention exists – and was envisaged as a tool to actualize this post-Holocaust mantra “never again!” – is unwelcome at one of the most powerful chambers of power, US Senate – it becomes categorically questionable why the Senate sub-committee even holds such a hearing, wasting American taxpayers’ money and giving millions of victims FALSE HOPES – not just Rohingyas, but Uyghurs and Tibetans.

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Conference Calls for Action to End Rohingya Genocide
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

16 Feb 2019 – On Feb. 8 and 9 at Barnard College in New York City, the Free Rohingya Coalition held an extremely productive conference, drawing an audience of 200 researchers, activists and renowned academics from around 12 countries. Victims demand that ‘Never again!’ must be more than an empty slogan.

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US Genocide Resolution Welcome, but Rohingya Need More
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

US will not intercede, and Myanmar’s neighbors see it through economic lens, so international coalition for Rohingya needed.

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An Open Letter to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche from a Burmese Buddhist Activist
Maung Zarni and Matthew Gindin | Tricycle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

A former ally of Aung San Suu Kyi responds to the Tibetan Buddhist teacher’s support for Myanmar’s controversial leader.

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Forced Return of Rohingya Crime against Humanity
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

15 Nov 1018 – From the Red Cross to the UN High Commission for Refugees, the world is screaming foul at the Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral repatriation scheme scheduled to begin today. Red Cross’ Robert Mardini based in Myanmar told reporters that “we still believe that the conditions are not right for voluntary, safe, dignified returns …. Nobody can claim today that the security in Rakhine is so well established that people can return safely.”

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Why Do Myanmar Public Hate Rohingya So Much?
Dr. Maung Zarni | Japan National Press Club – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

25 Oct 2018 – During the Q and A at the National Press Club of Japan, the country’s ruling class venue, a Japanese reporter asked me this question in English. She had been to Burma and said she found difficult to understand the palpable and pervasive hatred that Burmese public display towards Rohingyas.

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Free Rohingya Coalition Condemns Premature Repatriation of Rohingyas
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

1 Nov 2018 – The Free Rohingya Coalition is deeply troubled by yesterday’s announcement by Bangladesh and Myanmar that both countries will begin repatriating Rohingyas in mid-November. We are extremely disturbed that the Government of Bangladesh might be prepared to resort to the unconscionable and internationally illegal practices that characterized previous waves of repatriation.

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Five Concrete Measures Can End Rohingya Genocide
Dr. Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

Five steps can be taken towards achieving justice, repatriation and the rebuilding of Rohingya communities in Myanmar.

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Rwanda to Rohingyas: The US Genocide Whitewash
Maung Zarni – The Citizen (India), 1 Oct 2018

27 Sep 2018 – The message from Washington is loud and clear: we will not call any international state crime genocide unless doing so serves America’s commercial and strategic interests. Rohingyas, still sitting ducks for the next round of slaughter in Myanmar, are not the first victims of the failure of American leadership – and for that matter, moral and political failure of the entire post-Holocaust Human Civilization.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Is Most Polished Mouthpiece of Myanmar Military
Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

25 Aug 2018 – Free Rohingya Coalition co-founder Maung Zarni, a member of the TRANSCEND Network, says time to reject false messiahs in Myanmar beginning with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Rohingyas Declare Their Crime as GENOCIDE: Join Them in Their Radical Act
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

16 Aug 2018 – One fundamentally misguided thinking regarding genocides and atrocity crimes is this: only the UN-supported judicial process and lawyers can determine what is and what is not genocide. I for one reject any neo-colonial thinking that looks to powerful politicians and networks to call atrocity crimes by their names.

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Remembering Rohingya Survivors of Genocide in August
Maung Zarni – Prothom Alo [Bangladesh], 20 Aug 2018

Forgetting is a crime in the face of mass atrocities. So let’s remember the Rohingya victims this 25 August. However empty the words “Never again!” have become for the UN member states, we, the people of this world, must not let our Frankensteinian and immoral states destroy our human spirit and universal compassion.

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Take Today’s Enveloping Fascism Seriously
Maung Zarni – Prothom Alo [Bangladesh], 6 Aug 2018

1 Aug 2018 – The signs of the contagion of cultivated fascist mindset, its institutionalisation and popular mobilisation by those in power–abstract ideas are nothing without institutional backing or concrete structures–are everywhere, for those with trained eyes to detect fascism. We either wake up and fight back, or find ourselves on the receiving end of the impacts, sooner rather than later. Yes, things are that bad. Look closer. And think harder.

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My Unadulterated Thoughts on Ahmed Tamimi: “During My Lifetime I Have Never Seen Peace”
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

30 Jul 2018 – Israel is no exception: the persecuted and the oppressed have more often than not morphed into monstrous executioners and oppressors themselves. The United States, Canada, Australia–all settler colonies (genocidal colonies, that is)–spring to mind. My own birthplace, Burma/Myanmar, is another despicable human community–once colonized, exploited and abused; now it is the colonizer, exploiter, and a bloody mass murderer as a nation.

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Is Oxford University Complicit in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Genocide Denial?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

26 Feb 2018 – Just as Suu Kyi dismisses allegations of Myanmar’s international human rights crimes as designed to tarnish the image of Myanmar, the administration at Oxford University considers this a “public relations” issue.

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A Plea to TMS Readers for Peace Journalism-Peace by Peaceful Means
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

In most cases of realities that involve blood, invasion, genocides, war crimes, exploitation, systematic acts of state propaganda, “all sides” and “balance” in journalism, are not simply acts of moral cowardice, but the total absence of intellectual substance. Peace, nonviolence, social justice, are TMS ideologies rooted on basic human rights and needs, non negotiable principles. Think about it and Please Act making your financial contribution TODAY! Thank you.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi’s Lies, Distortions Hinder International Accountability
Dr. Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

24 Jun 2018 – Myanmar’s leader is at it again: using her Office’s Facebook, she is peddling lies that are easily exposed. Her growing list of provable distortions and denials must not go unchallenged.

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UN and the Four-Word Mantra for Myanmar Genocide Survivors
Maung Zarni – Prothom Alo [Bangladesh], 25 Jun 2018

19 Jun 2018 – “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” George Orwell observed, in the middle of the 20th century. Let’s take a look at the four adjectives that have come to be the pillars of UN policy mantra.

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New Secretive Deal between UN, Myanmar Smells Foul
Maung Zarni and Natalie Brinham - Andalou Post [Turkey], 20 Jun 2018

Newly-organized UN in Myanmar has shelved organization’s own governing principles of transparency and inclusivity, as evidenced by freshly-inked MOU with Myanmar.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi Actively Attempting to Manipulate UN
Dr. Maung Zarni – Anadolu Post, 20 Jun 2018

16 Jun 2018 – No political regime, civilian or military, that commissions international crimes against its own national minorities should be given the benefit of the doubt when its smooth-talking Oxford-educated politician says it is on the path towards incremental liberalization and constructive resolution of the crisis confronting a people whose existence she herself denies.

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12 Features Zionist Israel Shares with Nazi Germany
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

The souls of the nearly 6-millions Jewish victims of the Holocaust must not be at rest, I can imagine, as long as the Zionists continue on with its version of Final Solution with respect the Palestinians. They would feel extremely pained that the State built on their ashes, tales of pains and horrors has morphed into, or simply conceived along the lines of the Third Reich of Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler and Eichman.

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Factsheet on the Rohingya: Group Identity, Citizenship, Persecution
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

17 May 2018 – Rohingyas are a native, pre-colonial ethnic minority group of Rakhine State of Western Myanmar (formerly Burma), which shares 170 miles of long modern-day borders with Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan). Rohingya people view Myanmar as the country to which they belong.

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News from Burma/Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

11 May 2018 – Travels and intense activist work, and observing INGOs, old and new, treating the ongoing Rohingya genocide as if it were a business item among rivals, have drained me tremendously… Everyone remotely familiar with international justice–if at all–knows that by the time the lawyers arrive and the Court set up, the targets are all dead, their villages bulldozed in the case of Rohingyas, and they have nowhere to go or no place they can call ‘home’ or their homeland.

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May the Korean Peace Deal Trigger Anti-Militarist, Anti-Fascist Movements in Asia–and Globally
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

Today–27 April 2018–will likely be chronicled in history as the day that gave little people like us, grassroots activists, to feel that PEACE is possible and that PEACE is the way. I hope Western mass media will stop its demonization of N. Korea which has, with good historical reasons, lived with the fear of being genocided by the United States.

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A Plea for Peace Journalism — Peace by Peaceful Means
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

TRANSCEND Media Service is having a fund drive to keep its valuable service tailored to those of us who want in-depth critical analyses not sensationalist corporate media reportage. I’d rather throw TRANSCEND a lifeline than watch BBC, for example, and pay the license fee. Who in their right mind would pay to be brainwashed by yet another military-industrial complex?

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Facebook, Myanmar Genocide and Its Dehumanizingly Sexualized Discourses
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

19 Apr 2018 – But whatever, whoever is shaping the public opinion in today’s Myanmar anyone monitoring genocidal discourses in the public domains in Burmese language cannot fail to notice the Nazi parallel: Myanmar public, in my assessment, is in the mental world of the Nazis. I don’t use this word lightly – and for the effect. The paradox of a genocidal system: the system creates the problem which it cannot itself resolve.

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A Grassroots Initiative to Adopt 25 Aug as Rohingya Remembrance Day
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

Sharing a Few Updates: 12 Apr 2018 – I was in Ireland. The Irish supporters of Rohingya’s needs for protected homeland in collaboration with Irish Rohingya community had packed meetings with educators, religious leaders, activists, parliamentarians, media interviews, and two public talks.

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The Tragic Farce in Myanmar
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

Belfast, 12 Apr 2018 – Last night, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire’s Peace People hosted a Burma talk. I spoke on the urgent need to inform and mobilize grassroots communities about Myanmar genocide in order to build pressure on respective EU governments, as well as others to help end the genocide and support the Rohingyas’ NEED–not simply RIGHT–to a protected homeland. Plus: Saudi Gazette Editorial

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Rohingya People Need Protected Homeland in Myanmar’s Northern Arakan
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

3 Apr 2018 – By all means maintain the current talks of economic sanctions, as well as international justice and accountability regarding Myanmar perpetrators including Suu Kyi and her military partners in power. But what Rohingyas need and want more than anything is a homeland where they can live in peace and rebuild their scorch-earthed communities under international protection. The solution to Myanmar genocide will not come from the perpetrators.

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Oh Rohingya, Who Art Thou? Where Art Thy Homeland?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

30 March 2018 – In deep disgust, I wrote the poetry this afternoon after feeling rather outraged and dismayed at what I have been observing everyday about the “Rohingya crisis” over the last 6 years. Ultimately, it is the crisis of Humanity itself, the crisis that exposes this deeply inhumane and immoral world run by those with neither the intellectual vision nor human compassion.

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Australia and Singapore Prime Ministers Help Whitewash Myanmar Genocide
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

20 Mar 2018 – I just returned from Paris where I had a quite intense 2-day meeting with other fellow activists deeply concerned with the plight of the Rohingyas, a small number of Rohingyas who have resettled there, as well as a very progressive deputee de Paris at the Assemble Nationale and her assistant… “Intense public attention makes it difficult to solve” (Myanmar genocide), so says Singapore Prime Minister.

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Scholars, Activists and Politicians in Germany to Hold an International Conference on Myanmar Genocide at the Jewish Museum in Berlin
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

On 26 February, a group of prominent human rights activists, genocide scholars and practitioners of international law are gathering at the Jewish Museum of Berlin for the first-ever conference in Germany on Myanmar Genocide of the Rohingya people.

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Is Oxford University Complicit in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Genocide Denial?
Maung Zarni | Open Democracy - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

Just as Suu Kyi dismisses allegations of Myanmar’s international human rights crimes as designed to tarnish the image of Myanmar, the administration at Oxford University considers this a “public relations” issue.

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The Berlin Conference on Myanmar Genocide
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

26 February 2018 – To Be Webcast LIVE – The conference aims to inform the German civil society and European public about the on-going genocide of Rohingya people in Myanmar/Burma.

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Today I Said Good Bye to Mom
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

Through the transparent cover
With her eyes closed, Mother looked at me
As if she were saying
“Why are you mourning over this biomass in this air-conditioned coffin?
It ain’t me here! Not any more, if ever there was I.”

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Letter of Concern to Oxford University Press regarding Dr Jacques Leider and ORE Asian History Series
Noam Chomsky, Johan Galtung, Maung Zarni, et al. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

5 Feb 2018 – Oxford University Press, Myanmar Genocide, & Its Choice of Dr Leider as the Expert on Rohingyas

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Hannah Beech: “Journos’ Power without Moral Responsibility”
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

4 Feb 2018 – Hannah Beech’s select writings on Wirathu & Rohingyas (New York Times, 1 Feb 2018) have done lasting damage to Myanmar’s inter-communal relations and credibility of Rohingyas’ tales of horror while reinforcing Myanmar military’s popular misinformation against Rohingyas.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s True Colors Shine!
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCED Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

25 Jan 2018 – We are witnessing nothing short of the emergence of a cold-hearted and immoral Burmese politician. Suu Kyi’s evident priority to turn the killing fields of Western Burma (stretching over 100 KM in length) into a lucrative opportunity for the local cronies who financially support her and her party is utterly morally repugnant.

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Reworking the Colonial-Era “Indian Peril”: Myanmar’s State-directed Persecution of Rohingyas and Other Muslims
Maung Zarni & Natalie Brinham - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

Myanmar’s transition from the military dictatorship to the adoption of a Chinese model of great commercial opening with a calibrated political liberalization has one unintended consequence for the military-controlled-government: ugly things get exposed. All of a sudden, the dark secrets of this predominantly Buddhist nation of 51 million people with diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds are laid bare for all to witness.

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Wrongs of Rights Activism around Rohingyas
Maung Zarni – Prothom Alo [Bangladesh], 15 Jan 2018

I do not believe in Knights in shining armour or the White Saviours. The survivors have no rescuers. They need to struggle for their own survival and beyond. I am only a supporter who offers them my uncompromising solidarity as a fellow human. This piece, I wrote based on my 30-years of non-stop activism since I joined proudly the Amnesty International campus chapter at the University of California as a youngish graduate student in early 20’s. Now I am almost 54.

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An Irreverent Activist and His Year’s End Gift to Himself
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

‘I can’t be taken down.
For my feet have always been firmly on the ground.
My career can’t be destroyed.
For I have never pursued one.

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Aung San Suu Kyi for Democracy or Buddhist Fascism?
Maung Zarni - Prothom Alo [Bangladesh], 25 Dec 2017

22 Dec 2017 – Truths and totalitarianism are irreconcilable. They have never co-existed, they do not coexist, and they never will. In this sordid political climate in Myanmar, the formerly pro-human rights public, peaceful Buddhist Order and pro-human rights dissidents, from Aung San Suu Kyi and former student leaders of the Great Uprising of 8.8.88, have closed ranks with their former military jailors and torturers.

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Rohingyas Are Survivors, Not Security Threat
Maung Zarni | Prothom Alo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

13 Dec 2017 – Can you imagine BBC, Chatham House, Rand Corporation portraying as potential “Jewish terrorists” the survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbruick, Dachau and other world infamous death and labour camps? Of course not! But that is precisely what is now happening to the survivors of my Buddhist country’s genocide, whose name even the entire Catholic Church in Myanmar, and by extension, Pope Francis, have dared not pronounce.

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Waves of Genocidal Terror against Rohingyas by Myanmar and the Resultant Exodus Since 1978
Maung Zarni and Natalie Brinham | Middle East Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

14 Nov 2017 – This essay aims to highlight the scope and rhythmic nature of Burma’s persecution of Rohingyas and the devastating impact on the Rohingya population. First, it sets out to describe and help readers understand the evolving pretexts given by the successive Burmese governments and the methods of group destruction and resultant waves — five in total — of the outflow of Rohingyas in large number. Then it attempts to offer an interpretive framework within which this cycle of violence-exodus-lull is best understood.

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From Bangladesh: Bearing Witness to My Country’s Genocide & Meeting the Survivors
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

My family and I spent a week in Bangladesh visiting Rohingya survivors of Myanmar genocide.

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Myanmar’s “Ethnic Cleansing” of Rohingyas and the Indifference of Aung San Suu Kyi and Her Western Supporters
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

30 Oct 2017 – Feb 2006-dated Confidential Dispatch from Bangladesh High Commission in Myanmar

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Myanmar Must Nurture Its People as Assets, Not Treat Them as ‘Threats’
Maung Zarni | Dainik Shiksha – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

22 Oct 2017 – “In society at large, Islamophobia, dating back to the colonial era and violent anti-Rohingya racism have poisoned the minds of a generally acquiescing and decent public.”

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Internal Report Which the UN Head in Myanmar Did Not Want the World to See
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

GENEVA (11 Oct 2017) – Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to their homes, a new UN report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh has found.

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The Key Issues to Consider Regarding Myanmar’s Official Proposal for Rohingya Repatriation
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

2 Oct 2017 – After periodic waves of genocidal attacks on Rohingyas over 39 years and the displacement of 1 million internationally, this repatriation proposal by Suu Kyi-Army regime needs to be treated with extreme caution and skepticism.
Rohingyas who remain trapped in N. Rakhine’s vast open prisons are facing reduced access to food and medicine on the ground. Armed Rakhine gangs roam in these areas intimidating, harassing and looting anything of value from Rohingya families.

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Mis-informed and Ignorant, Former US Ambassador Derek Mitchell Must Not “Educate” the West about Rohingyas
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

29 Sep 2017 – Silence is golden, especially when you don’t really know what you are talking about. A case in point is former US Ambassador to my country Derek Mitchell and the genocide of Rohingyas. He claimed that he understood genocide because he is of Jewish origin. Apparently, he still doesn’t get it.

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Open Letter to [Nobel Peace Laureate] Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

As your fellow countrymen, with deep roots in our troubled birthplace, we are writing to you to share our sadness and concern about your personal legacy as the nation’s leader, the plight of our people, and the future of Myanmar as a nation. When you delivered your first speech in 1988, declaring that “as my father’s daughter I could no longer remain silent when the public remains subject to decades of oppression”, we were deeply moved and inspired by your determination and courage.

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Myanmar, Moderate Your Genocide!
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

My country is committing pogroms
Pogroms against Rohingyas.
I knew this day would come. And it did come sooner!
Wait! Rohingyas don’t exist.

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Are the Rohingya Militants Responsible for Derailing Kofi Annan Commission’s Recommendations?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

“Who is terrorising whom”” is the question that needs to be confronted head on. There is something else that needs to be called out: the mass media’s misframing of Rohingya militants as “jihadists”. Both the realities on the ground and the media narrative covering the realities are quite skewered in favour of the perpetrating Burmese regime’s framing.

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Student Activism Is Vital to Burma’s Future
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

In the Burmese society today so violently fractured by the regressive politics of racism, bigotry and exclusion it is these idealistic and principled students who are best positioned to serve as the moral compass. Their activism needs to be cherished and nurtured – not trampled on and repressed.

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Is Irrawaddy News Group Leading the Genocide Propaganda in Burma/Myanmar?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

6 Aug 2017 – Myanmar Groups whipping up Genocidal Racism against Rohingyas (& Muslims). Irrawaddy News Group has joined the likes of ex-Chief of Military Intelligence, Wirathu, & Rakhine Racist Groups.

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What Are the Essential Differences between Communism and Capitalism?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

Communism treats the notion of Private Property as a major obstacle to building its classless heaven on earth attempts to make Saints out of humans. In the process the Beasts inside fought back and destroyed the Communist Mission and devoured its Missionaries. In sharp contrast, Capitalism rests on the Inalienably Holy Idea of Private Property attempts to pursue its Sacred Mission of Wealth Accumulation by unleashing the Beasts in humans, thereby triggering the unstoppable process of all around destruction.

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Myanmar to Humanitarian Groups: THOU SHALL NOT FEED THE MUSLIMS – without Gov Knowledge & Monitor
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

4 Jul 2017 – Thou shall not feed the Muslims without approval from NLD-Gov (and police). All food supplies to Muslims in Meikhtila and Ramadan month food donations must be distributed only under the monitoring mechanisms and with the prior knowledge of local authorities.

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Myanmar Leaders Must Nurture the Country’s Many Potential ‘Aung La Nsangs’
Maung Zarni - Coconuts Yangon, 10 Jul 2017

3 Jul 2017 – On Friday [30 Jun], in Yangon, something extraordinary happened to lift the spirit of all Myanmar’s peoples. Mixed martial arts fighter Aung La Nsang made history by becoming the first-ever world champion from Myanmar in any sport. In our long-running civil wars and waves of racial and religious violence, how many Aung La Nsangs have we killed, maimed or otherwise destroyed?

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Myanmar Cardinal Bo Calls Human Rights Campaigners, Researchers and Scholars on Rohingyas “Extreme” and Joins Aung San Suu Kyi’s Genocide Denial
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

26 Jun 2017 – My response to Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo’s Statement of his public denial of Rohingya ethnic cleansing.

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Burma/Myanmar: “Communal Violence” Argument Being Peddled Again
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

What is fundamentally wrong with the “communal violence” argument in the paper below, ‘Interpreting Communal Violence in Myanmar,’ by Nick Cheesman.

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An Evolution of Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: From Strategic Embrace to Genocide
Alice Cowley and Maung Zarni | Middle East Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

Waves of state-directed violence and communal destruction … have been occurring since 1978 and are part of a process of ‘slow-burning genocide.’ Decades of facts relating to the instrumental role of the Myanmar State in the abuses of Rohingya are buried alongside very real human corpses.

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“Rohingya Resistance”: The Media Is “Bigging It Up” without Analysis or Insights
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

31 Mar 2017 – For the mass media is now bigging up Rohingya Resistance, but it isn’t telling you anything I consider intelligent, analytical, researched or factual.

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Learning to Be Fascists
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

Learning to be fascists, victims, and bystanders (and everything in-between). We learn to love, hate, kill, slaughter, rape, torture, etc. In my view, the Burmese society is undergoing this experience regarding the Rohingya victims of state terror, social ostracism/exclusion and the emerging sadistic culture of those who call themselves “Buddhists”.

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Genocides Have No Winners
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

Genocides are what students of politics call ‘path-dependent’. Once a genocidal process is set in motion it is hard to recall. All genocides end in tears and destroy humanness in all involved in it, as perpetrators, on-lookers, whitewashers, collaborators, and victims.”

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Maung Zarni’s Analysis of the Military in Burma/Myanmar
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2017

Understanding Myanmar Military and Its Strategic Paradigm

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi and the World of Buddhist Islamophobia
Maung Zarni – Al Jazeera, 13 Mar 2017

Myanmar’s Muslim minority, demonised and persecuted for decades, is facing a fresh wave of violence amid media silence. “Suu Kyi’s denial of what Human Rights Watch has called “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity” deserves international scrutiny,” writes Maung Zarni.

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Trump’s Muslim Ban Emboldens Myanmar Racists: Suu Kyi’s Sole Muslim Adviser Shot Dead Upon Return from Jakarta
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

29 Jan 2017 – Shooting U Ko Ni dead in the head at a high profile place like Yangon Airport, upon arrival from the official visit to Jakarta to go and study peaceful, interfaith life in Indonesia, was, in my view, to make the point that Muslims assuming advisory positions to NLD and ASSK would cost life.

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Burma: Four Decades of International Media Coverage on the Rohingyas
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

Myanmar government has been committing crimes against humanity at best and genocide at worst.

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Myanmar’s Nazi Parallel: Merging of Power Institutions (Faith/Race, Guns & Populist Party)
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

26 Dec 2016 – Around the issue of Rohingya, the merging of the anti-Rohingya racist society (all classes), the ruling military, the semi-autonomous NLD leadership, and most influential leaders of the Buddhist Order parallels the rise of Nazism in Germany. The consequences will go beyond the destruction of the Rohingya people as a self-identified group.

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Realities
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

I can’t be taken down.
For my feet have always been firmly on the ground.

My career can’t be destroyed.
For I have never pursued one.

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Sorry, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingya Crisis Is No Laughing Matter
Maung Zarni and Gregory Stanton – The Wire, 12 Dec 2016

The world is reacting with horror to the massacre of Rohingyas in Rakhine State, but Suu Kyi and her government continue to turn a blind eye to what increasingly appears like a genocide.

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Dr. Maung Zarni on the Rohingya Muslim Genocide in Buddhist Burma/Myanmar
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

26 Nov 2016 – A journalist asked me a few questions to get sound bites and quotes. I turned them into a more comprehensive interview. Thought this may serve as a succinct backgrounder if you are interested in the contextual view of the current annihilation phase of the Rohingya genocide.

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Why and in What Ways Is Myanmar Military Protecting Buddhism and Buddhist ‘Race’?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2016

25 Jun 2016 – Now Myanmar is officially a Fascist State, with the military claiming itself as the protector of Buddhism and Race: Aung San Suu Kyi is crippled, intellectually and strategically. Why does Myanmar Tatmadaw intend to protect “Buddhism” and “Bama race”? And in what specific ways do the military strategists “protect” Buddhism?

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Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: What Does That Mean for the Persecuted Rohingya?
Prof. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2016

One-Day Open Research Conference, the University of Oxford: 11 May 2016. To continue shining the spotlight of university and independent research onto Myanmar’s slow genocide of the Muslim Rohingya among international genocide and legal scholars and world’s icons such as Desmond Tutu, George Soros, Mairead Maguire, Amartya Sen, the Dalai Lama etc.

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They Would Call Me an ‘Extremist’: Why I Don’t Celebrate Or Send Anyone Any New Year’s Greetings
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2016

A Hindu-Buddhist New Year Note – Though a Burmese from Mandalay , Burma’s most popular site for the Thin Gyan or water throwing new year festival, I do not celebrate the New Year–because my country that likes to call itself “Buddhist” is committing a slow genocide against the Muslim Rohingya stigmatizing them as “Bengali”.

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Myanmar’s New President Might Not Be Aung San Suu Kyi, but He Does Represent Progress
Maung Zarni – The Guardian, 21 Mar 2016

For the first time in decades, the Burmese people have a civilian president. Now they must weather the clash of military and opposition proxies to come.

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The Lady and the Boat Rides [in Burma/Myanmar]
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2016

Brother, be kind, she is in a bind…
Experts say the Silence of the Lady is owing to the election maths
Her soul isn’t really dead, yet.

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Orientalisation and Manufacturing of ‘Civil Society’ in Contemporary Burma (Myanmar)
Maung Zarni - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

After two decades of post-Cold War hostilities between Burmese generals and their former Cold War ‘friends’ in London, Berlin, Washington and Tokyo, a danse macabre is set in motion. The backdrop this time is the West’s need to contain an increasingly powerful China in Burma’s eastern neighbourhood and the worsening economic decay in Europe and North America. In this new geopolitical drama both the generals in Naypyidaw and the liberals in Western capitals have found a new role for iconic Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Myanmar Nazi Monk Wirathu, TIME Magazine’s “Face of Buddhist Terror”
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2016

Myanmar’s “Nazi monk” Wirathu (and networks), plot to unleash new Islamophobic waves of violence against Myanmar’s Muslims and Rohingya.

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Suu Kyi Govt Must Not Continue State Persecution of Rohingya
Dr. Maung Zarni, DVB – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

As Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to take over the reins of the new government [Burma/Myanmar], the international community – of diplomats, world leaders, journalists, human rights researchers and world citizens – needs to press the Burmese leader to reflect critically on her stances on the Rohingya.

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A Perfect New Year Gift: A Calendar Dedicated to the Rohingya Victims of Myanmar’s Slow Genocide
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2015

Here is a perfect gift for this holiday season, especially for those with a social conscience. And Myanmar authorities will arrest you if it is found in your possession!

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Northern Arakan as Rohingya’s Ancestral Land: G.H.Luce Citing the Stone Inscription from Ava Period
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

According to the late Gordon H. Luce, essentially the founder of modern historical studies of the ancient Myanmar or Burma and the mentor of Professor Than Tun, the presence of the Rohinjas in Burma was evidenced in the stone inscriptions from the Ava period (AD 1400).

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An Open Letter to Myanmar’s Leaders
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2015

May I, from the bottom of my heart, urge you to use your most precious time, while alive, to endeavor to end the hell of a slow genocide of the Rohingya and to bring about the cessation of all armed conflicts and wars against our own ethnic brethren in Eastern Myanmar, namely the Kachin, the Shan, the Pa-Oo, the Kokant, etc. May the Rohingya be free from the State’s genocidal persecution.

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Why Did the “Retired” Senior General Than Shwe Meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi?
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

5 Dec 2015 – The prevailing view is that the Old Man wants to ensure that he is safe from any form of retribution, that his extended family are safe and that their ill-gotten gains – estimated at US$ billions – remain intact. And for the Rohingya, the deal excludes their genocide.

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Why Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Mandela Moment’ Is a Victory for Myanmar’s Generals
Maung Zarni – The Guardian, 16 Nov 2015

With a constitution that safeguards its immense power and wealth, the military knows that, unlike in 1990, it doesn’t need a crackdown to keep its regime intact.

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The Stubborn Regime
Maung Zarni - Himal Southasian, Nepal, 9 Nov 2015

2015 Elections in Burma Will Be neither Historic nor Consequential – The military has internalised the self-serving justification that without its strong hand – that is, concentration of power and control in the military and its loyalists – the multi-ethnic country is going to disintegrate.

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2-Minute Speech Dedicated to Rohingya Victims of Burma/Myanmar’s Genocide
Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2015

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was the presenter on behalf of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 Oct 2015. Both Dr. Zarni and Mrs. Maguire are members of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment.

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Myanmar’s Neo-Nazi Buddhists Get Free Rein
Maung Zarni, Ph.D. – Asia Times, 2 Nov 2015

As a new nationalist movement with a clear message of ”racial and religious purity”, a false sense of Buddhist victimhood, and cultural and economic nationalism – not dissimilar to Germany’s Nazism in the 1930s – 969 is gaining popularity for three main reasons.

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In Myanmar, Peace for Ethnic Rights
Maung Zarni – International New York Times, 28 Sep 2015

Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups must stand together and hold out on signing the nationwide cease-fire until all of them are included in the deal and they have secured concrete military and political concessions. If the government is as serious as it claims about wanting peace, it must let go of its oppressively majoritarian mind-set and recognize ethnic minorities’ legitimate aspirations for more autonomy.

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Burma: Divisive Ceasefire Won’t Bring Peace
Maung Zarni and Saw Kapi, DVB – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2015

Burma’s leaders, particularly generals past and present, lack both genuine acceptance of multi-ethnic peace on equal terms and an appreciation for the decades of bitter experiences of war-torn communities. Without these two essential pillars, sustainable peace in my country of birth is not conceivable, formal ceasefire or not.

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One Lesson from Srebrenica
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2015

12 Jul 2015 – World is busy commemorating yet another anniversary of a genocide. One major lesson from Srebrenica is that there is no lesson learned or incorporated into today’s responses to Myanmar’s genocide. The world of power and influence is in the final instance a world of shameful deeds, dishonest policies and business-as-usual inhumanity. Sad, unconscionable and outrageous – but painfully true.

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The Full Text of the Oslo Communique on Myanmar (Burma)
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

Today (28 May, 2015) the Oslo Conference to End Myanmar’s Persecution of the Rohingya ended. It was held at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Voksenaasen. The call made by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to end Myanmar’s genocide is supported by six additional Nobel Peace Laureates: Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Tawakkol Karman, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel.

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Myanmar Officially Rejects the Oslo Conference to End Systematic Persecution of the Rohingya Since 1978
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

Read press release from 31 May 2015.

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Why Myanmar Is Committing a Slow Genocide against Nearly 2 Million Rohingya Muslims
Maung Zarni, Rohingya Blogger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jan 2015

Jan 18, 2015 – Myanmar’s slow Rohingya genocide is a brilliant strategy that kills several birds with a single stone – as far as the country’s ruling military Bama regimes.

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#Freespeech, but We Won’t Cover Your Skin or Honor Your God
Maung Zarni, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jan 2015

A poem in solidarity and honor of persecuted and targeted Muslims, the latest victims of the “Civilization.”

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Myanmar and Its Manufacturing Genocidal Racism towards Rohingya
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

There was inter-ethnic solidarity for the Rohingya/Muslims of Arakan dating back to 17 May 1978. Now in 2014, even the Kachin Independence Organization’s spokesperson ex-Colonel James L. based in BKK denied any knowledge of Rohingya and denied showing any sympathy for the Rohingya.

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Burma’s Struggle for Democracy: A Critical Appraisal (DRAFT)
Maung Zarni with Trisha Taneja – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

Reclaiming Activism – Drawn upon the author’s direct political engagement in Burma’s pro-change opposition, and on his own research, to reflect critically on the struggle of the last twenty-five years between the ruling military and the opposition movements.

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Burma: What Obama Should Tell Thein Sein
Maung Zarni – Asia Times, 17 Nov 2014

The country’s various oppressed constituencies are intensely resentful of both meek, mild and ineffectual UN officials and China’s narrow interests and slanted policies in favor of their common oppressor in Naypyidaw. They still hold out hope that the US’s involvement and pressure on the country’s current military leaders will eventually bring genuine democratic reforms and an end to decades of internal conflict.

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