The US Opium Wars: China, Burma and the CIA

You won’t find a star of remembrance for him on the wall of fallen “heroes” at CIA HQ in Langley, but one of the Agency’s first casualties in its covert war against Mao’s China was a man named Jack Killam. He was a pilot for the CIA’s proprietary airline, Civil Air Transport, forerunner to the …

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China Proposes Peace Process for Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for a three step peace process in order to put an end to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, which has seen many refugees flee from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. The current crisis has its roots in the multi-ethnic, multi-confessional nature of Mayanmar, according to its present borders which …

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A Rohingya refugee woman waits for permission from the Bangladeshi army permission to continue her way after crossing from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh October 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Jorge Silva

Where to Next For Rohingya Refugees?

Southeast Asia could experience an explosion of refugees not seen since the end of the Indochina War unless more is done in the next two months to resolve the plight of some one million Rohingya who have been forced out of Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh. That’s the assessment of former Indonesian attorney-general Marzuki Darusman, head …

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The Unwanted: Rohingya Who Escaped Ethnic Cleansing

Stranded, stateless, unwanted, they are citizens of no country. Myanmar and Bangladesh toss their fate back and forth, even as Myanmar’s army makes one thing clear to every Rohingya they aren’t raping, murdering, burning or shooting: “Get out and don’t come back.” So they flee from their villages until they reach the border of Rakhine …

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Bangladesh Considers Sterilization to Curb Rohingya Refugee Population

The U.N. said there is a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson against Rohingya Muslim refugees. Bangladesh is considering sterilizing the Rohingya refugee population after health officials proposed the move to the government Friday. Supporters of the plan call for vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, saying “sterilization of the …

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Will Anyone Protect the Rohingya?

Since August, the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, has faced what a United Nations official called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Recent reports describe a campaign by Myanmar security forces to drive the Rohingya from the country permanently. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in neighboring Bangladesh, creating a new refugee crisis. …

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Shifting Blame as US Agenda Unfolds in Myanmar

As violence continues to unfold in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state against the nation’s Rohingya ethnic minority, the agenda driving the conflict is likewise unfolding in a more transparent and direct manner. As was predicted – the US is shifting blame away from the US-backed client regime headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League …

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A Rohingya refugee woman who crossed the border from Myanmar a day before, carries her daughter and searches for help, in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 17, 2017. © Jorge Silva / Reuters

Dying in Myanmar – When Genocide Becomes Normative Rather Than Aberrational

It’s official. Myanmar, according to the UN in its latest report, has given in to wanton murder and systematic oppression to cleanse its streets of its designated undesirables: Rohingya Muslims. However, violence is but the tip of that iceberg. “Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching …

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‘The Entire Village was Burnt Down’: Harrowing Drone Footage Shows Extent of Rohingya Exodus

Thousands more Rohingya refugees streamed across the border from Rakhine state in Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday as the Burmese military and paramilitary 'ethnic cleansing' campaign continues. "We couldn't step out of the house for the last month because the military were looting people," Mohammad Shoaib, 29, told Reuters. "They started firing on …

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