Myanmar’s democracy was always a bit of an aspiration. Now, we don’t have even that

by Rashmee

Posted on February 13, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… A fortnight after the military coup in Myanmar, the dismal truth is how little hope there is for a return to normal order. That’s because the normal order for Myanmar would be a managed democracy or at least, a quasi-democracy. And that doesn’t seem to have pleased anyone. Not the country’s powerful army, … Continue reading “Myanmar’s democracy was always a bit of an aspiration. Now, we don’t have even that”

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There’s a major election on – in Myanmar

by Rashmee

Posted on November 5, 2020


The Economist’s US editor John Prideaux recently offered a droll revelation from US election scenario planning at Economist HQ. A colleague, he wrote, “suggested that in the event there is no conclusive result, we put the general election in Myanmar (which will be held on November 8th) on the cover”. He went on to commend … Continue reading “There’s a major election on – in Myanmar”

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Gambia’s case on behalf of the Rohingyas underlines shared humanity not just Muslim concerns

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Gambia’s attempt to hold Myanmar accountable for the Rohingyas’ suffering tells an exhilarating story about multilateralism and international rule of law. The past few days brought one of the more moving examples of the interconnectedness of our world and the irreducible core of the eternal human quest for justice, Gambia’s case accusing Myanmar of genocide … Continue reading “Gambia’s case on behalf of the Rohingyas underlines shared humanity not just Muslim concerns”

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Burma’s ‘Dirty List’ of international companies has the usual suspects and some surprises too

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2018


  The Burma Campaign UK, an NGO based in London, emailed an interesting press release on Monday, December 10. It was about its so-called “Dirty List of international companies linked to the military in Burma, or companies whose operations are linked to human rights violations or environmental destruction”. The 49-strong list included America’s Western Union … Continue reading “Burma’s ‘Dirty List’ of international companies has the usual suspects and some surprises too”

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Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2017


Only the short-sighted or the credulous would be persuaded by Aung San Suu Kyi’s extraordinary response to the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, said on Tuesday, that her country “does not fear international scrutiny”. She added that her democratically elected government was yet to find out … Continue reading “Could Rohingya crisis set off faith-based conflicts in South Asia? That’s what Bimal Ghosh fears”

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Are the Rohingyas the new Palestinians?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Are the Rohingyas the new Palestin­ians? They share the following descriptors: The disinherited, the dispossessed and the damned. And the world has begun to use the same adjectives for both groups. For example, UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres this week called the Rohingyas’ plight a “tragedy.” In August, he described the Palestinian situation as “tragic.” … Continue reading “Are the Rohingyas the new Palestinians?”

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Mis-labelling & persecution: Is Myanmar’s approach to Rohingyas dreadfully familiar?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 16, 2017


Someone sent me a link the other day to a Haaretz news report about Israel’s continued arms supplies to Myanmar. It seemed to me that my interlocutor felt a deep (if unstated) horror at Israel’s impunity. For, Tel Aviv appeared wholly undeterred by Myanmar’s violent persecution of the Rohingya. Certainly it saw no reason to … Continue reading “Mis-labelling & persecution: Is Myanmar’s approach to Rohingyas dreadfully familiar?”

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Listen to Mishal Husain’s 2013 interview with Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s Trump’s ‘many sides’

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2017


Here’s the link. Click on the embedded video. Have a listen for yourself. Four years ago, BBC journalist Mishal Husain @MishalHusainBBC interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Ms Suu Kyi pre-viewed US president Donald Trump’s “many sides” moral equivalence about the neo-fascist march in Charlottesville. She said that all … Continue reading “Listen to Mishal Husain’s 2013 interview with Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s Trump’s ‘many sides’”

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How black magic is becoming a part of Myanmar’s election season

by Rashmee

Posted on October 31, 2015


Canadians may have been scaring themselves silly about the niqab (or hijab, call it what you will) in their recently concluded election season, but that’s nothing compared to the Burmese. As Myanmar gets busy (in ways good and bad) preparing for the general election, its politicians are doing something pretty extraordinary. They’re dedicated to believing everything their … Continue reading “How black magic is becoming a part of Myanmar’s election season”

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#Myanmar leader isn’t Obama’s best friend; just his best bet

by Rashmee

Posted on May 20, 2013


Here’s the opening line of a Reuters report on America’s cosying up to Myanmar: “President Barack Obama will walk a fine line between fostering a U.S. ally in China’s backyard and trying to defend human rights when the president of Myanmar becomes the first head of his country to visit the White House in 47 years on Monday.” That, … Continue reading “#Myanmar leader isn’t Obama’s best friend; just his best bet”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK