Rohingya will be able to return from Bangladesh : Myanmar

Crime News Service: Myanmar’s national security adviser Thaung Tun has said that Rohingya Muslims who had fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine State would be able to return but the process would have to be discussed. “We will make sure that everybody who left their home can return to their home but this is a process we have to discuss,” he said after a ministerial meeting on the crisis hosted by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “We want to…

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Blood flowed in the streets

Crime News Service, ANNIE GOWEN : The soldiers arrived in the Myanmar village just after 8 a.m., the villagers said, ready to fight a war. They fired shots in the air, and then, the villagers claim, turned their guns on fleeing residents, who fell dead and wounded in the monsoon-green rice paddies. The military’s retribution for a Rohingya militant attack on police posts earlier that day had begun. Mohammed Roshid, a rice farmer, heard the gunfire and fled with his wife and children, but his 80-year-old father, who walks with a…

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Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar?

Crime News Service: HUNDREDS of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing into Bangladesh amid violent ethnic clashes that some are calling genocide. Here’s why. MYANMAR’S Rohingya Muslims have been called the world’s most persecuted minority, a people without a country. In the last couple of weeks, nearly 400,000 Rohingya have fled for their lives into already-crowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under fire over her perceived unwillingness to speak out against their treatment or criticise the military. So, who are…

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ARSA fighters deny any links to terrorist groups

Crime News Service: The Rohingya group fighting in Myanmar’s western region of denied any links to global terror groups, saying they have no ties to any terrorist groups. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence. The statement came after al-Qaida urged Muslims to rally to their cause. It said it rejected the involvement of any of terrorist groups in the conflict and called on countries in the region “to prevent terrorists from entering Arakan…

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Why Suu Kyi isn’t protecting the Rohingya in Burma

Crime News Service, Joshua Kurlantzick: Burma is essentially run by one of the world’s most lauded humanitarians — a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a democracy icon. Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads the party in charge of the government, suffered more than two decades of repression, including a long house arrest, rather than leave the country or abandon her quest for elections. Yet since her party took power last year, Suu Kyi — the country’s de facto leader, though not its official president — has stood by and watched…

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Crime & empire: Japanese invasion of Manchuria

Crime News Service, ANANTH KARTHIKEYAN: The Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 was a globally condemned crime, ultimately leading to horrific Japanese domination of China. The naked aggression went unchallenged due to the ineffective League of Nations, Imperial Japan’s power and the seemingly unstoppable march of fascist ultra-nationalism worldwide. This invasion was made possible by a marriage of ultranationalism and crime in Japan. In their ascent to power the Japanese far-right co-opted the lower-class criminal and fringe groups of Japan. The latter were utilised by the ultranationalists for illegal financing,…

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