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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Now, for that other major election – in Myanmar

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2020


Today, Myanmar goes to the polls for only the second time in a decade. Roughly half a century of military rule ended in 2011. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in the first election after the junta, to use the phraseology of one Donald Trump, stood back and stood by. It was … Continue reading “Now, for that other major election – 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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The Rohingyas are the new Palestinians, says Foreign Policy. Is that true for US Muslims?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2017


Last week, I asked ‘Are the Rohingyas the New Palestinians?’ This week, Foreign Policy says they are. Definitively. The piece, by Dr Craig Considine of the Sociology Department at Rice University, notes that the plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. Dr Considine is writing a book titled … Continue reading “The Rohingyas are the new Palestinians, says Foreign Policy. Is that true for US Muslims?”

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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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Aung San Suu Kyi’s darkening image: From icon to ‘fake news’ ideologue

by Rashmee

Posted on September 6, 2017


Till Wednesday (September 6), Myanman’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi had said nothing about her country’s latest Rohingya crisis. If only she hadn’t broken her silence. In denouncing “fake news” about the Rohingyas’ persecution, she has become anti-heroine extraordinaire. She has gone from a globally admired beacon of resistance to injustice to an advocate … Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi’s darkening image: From icon to ‘fake news’ ideologue”

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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