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The ICJ’s Rohingya ruling could affect the geopolitical global order

  • The ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in January calling on Myanmar to undertake a set of Provisional Measures to protect the Rohingya minority could indirectly have a major impact on the global order. The first important aspect of the ruling is the setting of the precedent t...
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UN’s political process complicit in ongoing Syrian disaster

  • The Syrian civil war has just entered its 10th year. In that time, we have seen the major global powers use the land of Syria as a proxy war chess board; the rise and eventual fall of Daesh, the most egregious terrorist group in modern history; a government deploy chemical weapons and starvatio...
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West has a moral responsibility to the people of Afghanistan

  • After the chaotic Western withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August last year, hundreds of thousands of people who believed in the West’s promise of a modern, democratic Afghanistan were left behind and at the mercy of Taliban reprisals. The West still owes these p...
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America’s Rohingya genocide determination an important first step

  • Since the return of partial democracy in Myanmar in 2010, the Rohingya have been the target of persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. As of now, about 1 million Rohingya are living as refugees around Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, having fled the military violence of 2017. A further 600,000 ar...
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Myanmar’s army is weaponizing starvation against its own people

  • The Myanmar army, the Tatmadaw, appears to be weaponizing mass starvation in order to beat back resistance to its February coup. The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, an international group of Myanmar observers, reports that military forces have targeted food supplies, including killing liv...
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Radical US solution to Rohingya crisis not a sane move

  • During a June 13 hearing on the US State Department’s budget for South Asia, Rep. Bradley Sherman, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Asia Pacific of the Congress, submitted a proposal to address the genocide in Myanmar’s Rakhine state against the Rohingya by reapportioning Rakhine from the sover...
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Myanmar coup once again exposes the futility of the UN Security Council

  • After the military coup in Myanmar on Feb. 1, some members of the UN Security Council moved swiftly to draft a condemnation. Just as swiftly, Beijing vetoed the effort, and the whole affair was done by Feb. 3. The justification invoked by the military leadership for the coup was election frau...
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Asia must call time on Myanmar’s junta

  • After the military coup in February, the government of Myanmar was formally run by a state administration council chaired by the leader of the military, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. This form of executive power was provided for by the 2008 constitution for situations in which the military re-asserted ...
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Myanmar military had holy grail of politics, so why the coup?

  • The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) last week threatened to retake power and “protect the constitution” unless its concerns of election fraud were addressed. However, by the weekend, the military seemed to have had a change of heart and announced through its official spokesperson that its words...
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Europe takes the first steps toward defending itself

  • Britain was arming Ukrainian forces, notably with NLAW anti-tank missile systems, before most European countries decided to do the same. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted since January on keeping to Britain’s longstanding training and equipment programs with Ukrainian forces. ...
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