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    Janet Benshoof, Legal Activist, Seeks Help for Burma Through the Global Court

    by  • October 8, 2017 • Asia, Geopolitics, Human Rights, International Justice • 

    Photo of Janet Benshoof, a lawyer-activist, leads the Global Justice Center in New York.

    Burma has long been a unique country not only for its otherworldly landscape of pagodas and gold-topped stupas but also, paradoxically, as an isolated country where a nationalistic military has given itself extraordinary constitutional powers. Generals, who have warped the country’s Buddhist heritage over half a century, can now attack the Muslim-majority Rohingya people...

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    Religious Intolerance Surges Worldwide, US Studies Confirm

    by  • August 15, 2016 • Human Rights, Refugees • 

    Burmese Buddhists attack Muslims and Christians. Indian Hindu zealots kill Muslims and Christians and trash their places of worship. In the Central African Republic, Muslims are driven from the country by Christians. The Middle East and parts of North Africa are aflame with sectarian violence, and religious minorities are the most vulnerable to persecution,...

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    This Is What Burmese Refugees Live Through

    by  • October 19, 2015 • India • 

    DELHI — Moving images and stories of tired, anxious refugees crossing into Europe have occupied the home pages of news sites, dominated air time and gone viral online over the last months. The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, media reports say, with a staggering 60 million people forced to...

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    As US Warms Up to Burma, Burmese Respond in Kind

    by  • May 24, 2013 • Asia, Development, Human Rights • 

    Obama in Burma

    Burma’s major moves toward liberalization and release from the vise of its military grip signal huge strides toward democracy, yet nothing in this long-isolated, mineral-endowed country is assured. Even as the nation branches out from its dependence on China and advances cordial relations with the United States — including a visit by President Thein...

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    Aung San Suu Kyi, of Burma, Making No ‘Easy Promises’

    by  • September 24, 2012 • Asia, Human Rights, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Aung San Suu Kyi at the United Nations, Sept. 21, 2012

    WASHINGTON — Though the national elections in the United States loom less than seven weeks away, partisan bickering was agreeably suspended for one day last week here, when the Burmese dissident, Aung San Suu Kyi, was honored by top Republicans and Democrats with the US Congressional Gold Medal. The award had originally been made...

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    With Public Schools Out of Reach, Burmese Monks Teach the Poor

    by  • September 23, 2012 • Asia, Development, Education • 2 Comments

    Burmese boys at a monastery

    RANGOON — One of the most surprising statistics about the Burmese people is not that they are the poorest in Southeast Asia. It is well known that decades of military dictatorship destroyed the national economy and set human development back at least a generation. What is unexpected is that throughout the worst of times,...

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