Didn’t listen to the whole of Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly. It’s reported it was another of his racist, xenophobic rants. How much of that crap can you listen to before your brain begins to rot? His doom is coming. We’ll be dancing in the streets. For those who say Pence is worse? Of course he is. Maybe we need to rethink how things are run in this country that such vile creatures arise from their crypts to power.
Were it not for photojournalists in Bangladesh, we would not really grasp what is happening to Rohingya refugees. That’s just as true in Palestine & Kashmir. We should more than tip our hats to the contribution they make to understanding what is going on in the world to working people.
Mohammed Nazir & his wife Zohar Nahar shelter from monsoon rains under a tarpaulin–“their home until a proper shelter can be built.” And when will that be? What in the hell is going on–or more accurately, not going on–with humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees? Let us speak frankly: racism is of the essence here. If these were people in a western country, there would be an international call for emergency, immediate, & massive humanitarian aid. This is a catastrophe very much like Hurricane Katrina & Haiti where racism was also of the essence. No less, this is a crime scene.
Stand with the Rohingya refugees by demanding humanitarian aid.
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
A Rohingya woman collecting water from a hole many households use for washing, drinking, cooking & bathing in the Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This is not a new settlement although it is not an official camp & most residents do not receive UNHCR assistance. This is the state of humanitarian aid before the influx of 420,000 new refugees. Will anyone be surprised when a cholera epidemic is announced?
Stand with the Rohingya by demanding humanitarian aid & refugee rights to asylum wherever they choose.
(Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
Last December, the International Crisis Group (ICG) released an unsavory dishonest report titled “Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State”. It was shoddy stuff, reprehensible, & mostly imaginary. Rohingya Vision published an excoriating review of that report by Ne Myo Win titled “ICG’s Report: A Travesty of Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar.” For those interested in knowing the truth about Rohingya “terrorism”/self-defense, the Rohingya Vision article is essential so I repost it again:
(PS: For those who would like to know more about the ICG, read this report by Vinod Moonesinghe, a Sri Lankan activist:
This is my review of the ICG report:
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the Rohingya “issue” is “complex & sensitive.” See how marble-mouthed diplomacy can be when there are billions of investments & arms deals at stake? It’s not an issue; it’s a genocide.
Traumatized Rohingya children fleeing in a boat from death squads: there ought to be special human rights crime tribunals for the harm done to children: to Rohingya children, to those in Kashmir, Palestine, the US Black & Latino communities, to indigenous tribes being dispossessed throughout the world, to Muslims & the oppressed castes in India, & to children in many other countries. There certainly is a special place in hell.
Stand with Rohingya children in their struggle against genocide.
(Photo from CNN)
The best sources of news & analysis are Rohingya Blogger & Rohingya Vision. You don’t have to wade through half-assed analyses of what’s going on nor tolerate ambivalence. It’s advocacy journalism & makes no pretense of impartiality in a genocide.