I Witness the Impact of Persecution against Rohingya

The crippling government and Rakhine abuse of Rohingya has been building for decades.  When I was first in Burma and Rakhine State I witnessed many many shameful abuses of kind and peaceful Rohingya people.  The following is an episode that exposed the deep psychological wounds of persecution upon...

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The Crime of Barbarity X

The following blog series by the Sentinel Project’s Steven Kiersons explores how the physical sciences and Western philosophy contributed to the modern phenomenon of genocide and totalitarianism. Kiersons illustrates how the rise of scientism following the discoveries of Galileo essentially...

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Burma on the Ground

by David Kalmats Violence that has been occurring on a routine basis since the June of 2012 spilled into October. Muslims in the coastal town of Thandwe started the month by evading mobs of Buddhist men whom, armed with machetes raided a string of villages with the intent of inflicting damage to...

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The Colonial Origins of Hate Speech in Burma

In past instances of genocide, hate-speech has drawn its power to inspire violence from some kind of popular appeal. In many cases, its purpose is to dehumanize to facilitate inhuman action. In Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as “cockroaches;” in Burma, prominent monk Wirathu has...

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Drones for Social Good

 In last week’s edition of this series, we examined how drone strikes violate human rights and took a closer look at instances when civilians were harmed. When most people hear the word “drone,” it is usually these negative images that come to mind, and it’s safe to say that the...

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The Victims of Drone Strikes

Saadullah was injured in a drone attack in 2011, losing his eye and both legs. Last week Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai visited US President Barack Obama at the White House.  Malala had been targeted by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, and was...

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