A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.
Last week a new government took office in Burma while a chorus of business leaders, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called for the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. To do so would be a mistake.
An official implies members of an entire religion don't deserve full rights. And a celebrated champion of the people remains silent as many of those people are persecuted. The circumstances sound like Nazi Germany but they describe today's Burma.
Stateless people want their stories heard. They want their stories told. They want people to know about their struggles and that they don't accept the situation they are in.
Much like the citizens of Chile in 1990, the Burmese got tired of the military running and ruining their nation and they did something about it this year. The people voted, and Aung San Suu Kyi won (again) by a massive majority.
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For too long the Burmese people could only look to the future and hope for change. Today they have a chance to enjoy the opportunities that the rest of us take for granted. Hopefully now, after decades of conflict, the future finally has arrived for Burma.
The asterisk involves the 25 percent of seats set aside for representatives of the military. This bloc also holds veto power over any constitutional changes. And, according to the constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi can't be president.
The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people.
YANGON, Myanmar -- It is in reference to the history of a cumulative campaign against the Rohingya by successive governments in Myanmar, not just recent events, that the charge of genocide is most cogently being argued. We can't just wait for the appearance of gas chambers -- it's precisely that mentality that contributed to our world's repeated failures to prevent atrocities.
If just one Rohingya is recruited by ISIS, Myanmar's internal sectarian crisis and regional refugee crisis will only get worse.
The Rohingya have been described as "the most persecuted minority in the world" by the United Nations. The following is based on extensive interviews ...
Reading about the plight of refugees, it's easy for the suffering millions to meld together into a faceless mass. That's why I want to place one human face on the 60 million refugees. I want to share the story of my mother.
World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday because the Jewish story is the refugee story. But it is not just about us remembering that we were once refugees. It is about us fulfilling the solemn pledge that never again will refugees be turned over to their persecutors.
As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.
Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.