The Enemy Within

Buddhist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence
Author: Francis Wade
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781783605279
Category:
Page: 256
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For decades Myanmar has been portrayed as a case of good citizen versus bad regime - men in jackboots maintaining a suffocating rule over a majority Buddhist population beholden to the ideals of non-violence and tolerance. But in recent years this narrative has been upended. In June 2012, violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in western Myanmar, pointing to a growing divide between religious communities that before had received little attention from the outside world. Attacks on Muslims soon spread across the country, leaving hundreds dead, entire neighbourhoods turned to rubble, and tens of thousands of Muslims confined to internment camps. This violence, breaking out amid the passage to democracy, was spurred on by monks, pro-democracy activists, and even politicians. In this gripping and deeply reported account, Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling elite has laid the foundations for mass violence, and how, in Myanmar's case, some of the most respected and articulate voices for democracy have turned on the Muslim population at a time when the majority of citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.

The Enemy Within

Buddhist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence
Author: Francis Wade
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781783605286
Category: Buddhism
Page: 256
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For decades Myanmar has been portrayed as a case of good citizen versus bad regime - men in jackboots maintaining a suffocating rule over a majority Buddhist population beholden to the ideals of non-violence and tolerance. But in recent years this narrative has been upended. In June 2012, violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in western Myanmar, pointing to a growing divide between religious communities that before had received little attention from the outside world. Attacks on Muslims soon spread across the country, leaving hundreds dead, entire neighbourhoods turned to rubble, and tens of thousands of Muslims confined to internment camps. This violence, breaking out amid the passage to democracy, was spurred on by monks, pro-democracy activists, and even politicians. In this gripping and deeply reported account, Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling elite has laid the foundations for mass violence, and how, in Myanmar's case, some of the most respected and articulate voices for democracy have turned on the Muslim population at a time when the majority of citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.

The Rohingyas

Inside Myanmar's Genocide
Author: Azeem Ibrahim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1849049831
Category: History
Page: N.A
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According to the United Nations, Myanmar's Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Only now has the media turned its attention to their plight at the hands of a country led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet the signs of this genocide have been visible for years. For generations, this Muslim group has suffered routine discrimination, violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, extortion, and other abuses by the Buddhist majority. As horrifying massacres have unfolded in 2017, international human rights groups have accused the regime of complicity in an ethnic cleansing campaign against them. Authorities refuse to recognise the Rohingyas as one of Myanmar's 135 "national races," denying them citizenship rights in the country of their birth and severely restricting many aspects of ordinary life, from marriage to free movement. In this updated edition, Azeem Ibrahim chronicles the events leading up to the current, final cleansing of the Rohingya population, and issues a clarion call to protect a vulnerable, little known Muslim minority. He makes a powerful appeal to use the lessons of the twentieth century to stop this genocide in the twenty-first.

Blood and Silk

Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
Author: Michael Vatikiotis
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1474602029
Category: History
Page: 320
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'A lively and learned guide to the politics, personalities and conflicts that are shaping a dynamic group of countries' FINANCIAL TIMES 'A fascinating and many-layered portrait of Southeast Asia' THANT MYINT-U Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most experienced outside observers. This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence. Peering beyond brand new shopping malls and shiny glass towers in Bangkok and Jakarta, Michael Vatikiotis probes the heart of modern Southeast Asia. Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world? Vatikiotis tells the story of modern Southeast Asia using vivid portraits of the personalities who pull the strings, mixed with revealing analysis that is underpinned by decades of experience in the countries involved, from their silk-sheathed salons to blood-spattered streets. The result is a fascinating study of the dynamics of power and conflict in one of the world's fastest growing regions.

Bending Adversity

Japan and the Art of Survival
Author: David Pilling
Publisher: Penguin Press HC
ISBN: 9781594205842
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 382
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A portrait of contemporary Japan draws observations from a cross-section of its citizens while evaluating how its people and institutions have shown resilience through recent disasters, including the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown.

Rohingya

The Persecution of a People in Southeast Asia
Author: Chutima Sidasathian
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781503074576
Category:
Page: 40
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Reporter Chutima Sidasathian provides a personal memoir of the experiences she has had with Rohingya passing through Thailand. seeking sanctuary from ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Burma

How It Has Changed, and How It Will Change Asia
Author: Richard Cockett
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300204515
Category: History
Page: 304
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The best single-volume analysis of Burma, its checkered history, and its attempts to reform

The Strange Death of Europe

Immigration, Identity, Islam
Author: Douglas Murray
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472964276
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
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The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and a culture caught in the act of suicide, now updated with new material taking in developments since it was first published to huge acclaim. These include rapid changes in the dynamics of global politics, world leadership and terror attacks across Europe. Douglas Murray travels across Europe to examine first-hand how mass immigration, cultivated self-distrust and delusion have contributed to a continent in the grips of its own demise. From the shores of Lampedusa to migrant camps in Greece, from Cologne to London, he looks critically at the factors that have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their alteration as a society. Murray's "tremendous and shattering" book (The Times) addresses the disappointing failures of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt, uncovering the malaise at the very heart of the European culture. His conclusion is bleak, but the predictions not irrevocable. As Murray argues, this may be our last chance to change the outcome, before it's too late.

RohingyasInsecurity and Citizenship in Myanmar

Insecurity and Citizenship in Myanmar
Author: Trevor Gibson,Helen James & Lindsay Falvey
Publisher: Thaksin University Press
ISBN: 9744740523
Category:
Page: 170
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The Rohingyas, a Muslim minority group living in the Rakhine State in western Myanmar (Burma) have been denied citizenship, which has made them insecure in their homelands. Many have fled persecution and limitations on basic rights, their plight being highlighted in international media. This book presents new information about the nexus between citizenship and insecurity, and concludes that full citizenship would accord with the UN and other international conventions. Granting of citizenship rights as prescribed by the 2008 Union of Myanmar Constitution is seen as essential to the alleviation of insecurity and suffering of the Rohingyas. As elsewhere, the benefits of citizenship come the obligations to abide by the law of the land. This book is therefore a contribution to Myanmar’s modernization program of integrating all of its peoples.

My Myanmar Years

A Diplomat’s Account of India’s Relations with the Region
Author: Preet Malik
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 9351506266
Category: Political Science
Page: 260
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An ambassador’s account of India’s relations with one of her oldest engaging neighbours—Myanmar The Indian legendary texts call it Suvarna Bhumi or the Golden Land; its colonial masters called it Burma and its military government renamed it as Myanmar. Whatever the name might be, the country has long been in India’s cultural, historical and political consciousness. Essentially a foreign policy document, this book deals in detail with the geostrategic importance and relevance of Myanmar to India’s Look East Policy, as narrated by India’s ambassador to Myanmar during 1990–92. It is partly anecdotal and partly historical in nature, providing a first-hand account of Myanmar’s political turbulence and India’s changing policies under three different governments.

Buddhism and violence


Author: International Association of Buddhist Studies. Conference,Michael Zimmermann,Hui Ho Chiew,Philip Pierce,Lumbini International Research Institute
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789994693313
Category: Violence
Page: 254
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Contributed articles presented at the 13th Conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies held in Bangkok, Dec. 2002.

For Love of Country?


Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum,Joshua Cohen
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807043295
Category: Political Science
Page: 155
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For Love of Country is a rare forum: a real conversation among some of our most prominent intellectuals about an issue of urgent public importance. At the center of this lively and utterly readable debate book is Martha Nussbaumi's passionate argument against patriotism. At a time when our connections and obligations to the rest of the world grow only stronger, we should reject patriotism as a parochial ideal, she says, and instead see ourselves first of all as "citizens of the world." Fifteen writers and thinkers respond to Nussbaum's piece in short, hard-hitting, often brilliant essays, acknowledging the power of her argument, but often defending patriotisms and other local commitments with an eloquence equal to Nussbaum's. We hear from an astonishing range of writers from Robert Pinsky to Cornel West to Gertrude Himmelfarb to Sissela Bok. This is contemporary American philosophy at its most relevant and readable. At a time when debates about crises in Bosnia or Somalia are dominated by politicians and military leaders, here are the voices of philosophers and poets, literary scholars and historians. A book of surprising insights and diversity, For Love of Country is especially written for a wide audience and is sure to spark debate. NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues—both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

Myanmar

A Political History
Author: Nehginpao Kipgen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780199466306
Category: Burma
Page: 224
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Myanmar, since its independence from the British in 1948, has witnessed decades of military dictatorship, a plethora of ethnic and political problems, and an arduous struggle to political normalcy and democracy. Reinventing its place in international trade, diplomacy, and geo-strategy, Myanmar today presents a complex pictureand how it engages with its own history plays an important part in this process of transformation. Myanmar: A Political History examines the politico-historical antecedents of contemporary Myanmar: from colonial rule to the establishment of its first civilian government; the subsequent fall into military dictatorship; and the transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic government. Kipgen weaves in its relations with the United States, Myanmars political, economic, and military connect with China; IndiaMyanmar relations in the context of Indias Look East policy; and Myanmars cooperation problems on human rights within the ASEAN. Lucid and well researched, this book is a valuable guide to those interested in the future of Myanmar as well as South and Southeast Asia, to understand the historical knowledge as to how different political actors played differing roles in the countrys transition across governments.

The Evolving Terrorist Threat to Southeast Asia

A Net Assessment
Author: Peter Chalk,Angel Rabasa,William Rosenau,Leanne Piggott
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833047590
Category: Political Science
Page: 238
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Building on prior RAND research analyzing the motives, drivers, and capabilities of the principal extremist groups operating in the Philippines, southern Thailand, and Indonesia, this study examined the historical roots of militancy in these countries, the development and perpetuation of extremist ideological frameworks, and national and international government response efforts.

Letters From Burma


Author: Aung San Suu Kyi
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141039531
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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Letters from Burma - an unforgettable collection from the Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi In these astonishing letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma's borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land. Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives. She reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents - allowed to see their parents for only fifteen minutes every fortnight - to the effect of inflation on the national diet and of state repression on traditions of hospitality. She also evokes the beauty of the country's seasons and scenery, customs and festivities that remain so close to her heart. Through these remarkable letters, the reader catches a glimpse of exactly what is at stake as Suu Kyi fights on for freedom in Burma, and of the love for her homeland that sustains her non-violent battle. Includes an introduction from Fergal Keane 'Aung San Suu Kyi has become a global symbol of peaceful resistance, courage and apparently endless endurance' Guardian 'A real hero in an age of phony phone-in celebrity, which hands out that title freely to the most spoiled and underqualified' Bono, Time Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, where she remained for almost 15 of the 21 years until her release in 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She is also the author of the collection of writings Freedom from Fear.

The Radical Origins

Why We Are Losing the Battle Against Islamic Extremism - And How to Turn the Tide
Author: Azeem Ibrahim
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781681775487
Category: Islamic fundamentalism
Page: 336
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Piercing and hard-hitting, an international expert pin-points the menacing rise of a radical ideology that is fueling ISIS and terror cells world-wide.

Deeply Divided

Racial Politics and Social Movements in Post-War America
Author: Doug McAdam,Karina Kloos
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199394261
Category: History
Page: 368
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By many measures--commonsensical or statistical--the United States has not been more divided politically or economically in the last hundred years than it is now. How have we gone from the striking bipartisan cooperation and relative economic equality of the war years and post-war period to the extreme inequality and savage partisan divisions of today? In this sweeping look at American politics from the Depression to the present, Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos argue that party politics alone is not responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. Instead, it was the ongoing interaction of social movements and parties that, over time, pushed Democrats and Republicans toward their ideological margins, undermining the post-war consensus in the process. The Civil Rights struggle and the white backlash it provoked reintroduced the centrifugal force of social movements into American politics, ushering in an especially active and sustained period of movement/party dynamism, culminating in today's tug of war between the Tea Party and Republican establishment for control of the GOP. In Deeply Divided, McAdam and Kloos depart from established explanations of the conservative turn in the United States and trace the roots of political polarization and economic inequality back to the shifting racial geography of American politics in the 1960s. Angered by Lyndon Johnson's more aggressive embrace of civil rights reform in 1964, Southern Dixiecrats abandoned the Democrats for the first time in history, setting in motion a sustained regional realignment that would, in time, serve as the electoral foundation for a resurgent and increasingly more conservative Republican Party.

The Rohingya in South Asia

People Without a State
Author: Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury,Ranabir Samaddar
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0429885334
Category: Political Science
Page: 218
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The Rohingya of Myanmar are one of the world’s most persecuted minority populations without citizenship. After the latest exodus from Myanmar in 2017, there are now more than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh living in camps, often in conditions of abject poverty, malnutrition and without proper access to shelter or work permits. Some of them are now compelled to take to the seas in perilous journeys to the Southeast Asian countries in search of a better life. They are now asked to go back to Myanmar, but without any promise of citizenship or an end to discrimination. This book looks at the Rohingya in the South Asian region, primarily India and Bangladesh. It explores the broader picture of the historical and political dimensions of the Rohingya crisis, and examines subjects of statelessness, human rights and humanitarian protection of these victims of forced migration. Further, it chronicles the actual process of emergence of a stateless community – the transformation of a national group into a stateless existence without basic rights.