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The situation in Myanmar is nothing new but the question remains: are the authorities in Pakistan serious in their stance with respect to the suffering of Rohingyas? If yes, then how can they expect the Myanmar regime to give Rohingyas their rights when they, too, are busy side-lining them at home. Are Pakistan’s Rohingya children of a lesser god?....

 

‘Remarkable’ Plot: How Israel Is Using and Abusing the UN
Ramzy Baroud

India’s UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin described the Israeli campaign as one executed with a “level of sophistication which is remarkable, doing it systemically, arranging fact-finding missions and bilateral agreements.”....

 

Aung San Suu Kyi Has Not Changed – We Simply Ignored Evidence of Her Ideology
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Aung San Suu Kyi is the therefore same person she has always been. She remains the pro-democracy leader and visionary she was when she received the Nobel Peace Prize. All that has changed is that now, her bubble has truly burst and we all finally get to find out that her vision for democracy for her country never included the Rohingya. She may not have chosen to cleanse the Rohingya from the country herself, but she doesn’t terribly mind if that were to come to pass....

 

Israel Bets against Palestinian Unity
Ben Caspit

Israel's intelligence community has consistently maintained over the years that a viable reconciliation between the Gaza Strip and West Bank leaderships is unrealistic. Even if such an occurrence were suggested by an intelligence agency model, the relationship would be fragile and not last over time....

 

If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim
Thomas L. Friedman

If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allah u Akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he had been a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another … If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonour the victims and “politicize” Paddock’s mass murder by talking about preventive remedies.....

Palestinian Factions, Fatah and Hamas, Move toward Reconciliation in Gaza
David M. Halbfinger

Young boys danced, women ululated, teenagers climbed trees, cars and rooftops, and chanting crowds waved yellow Fatah flags and the red, white and blue flag of Egypt. Seated in the shadow of a vendor’s cart, Naama Tluli, 72, said she was overjoyed. “I want to fly in the sky,” she said. “If I could, I’d go to the West Bank.”...

 

Refugees, They Are
C R Abrar

While most states (the powerful ones and those who aspire to be so) dither and weigh their options essentially from myopic national interest perspectives, people around the world, guided by the principles of justice and human dignity, find it revolting that the Burmese state continues to pursue its genocidal agenda with near impunity...

 

Has the UN Failed Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims?

For UN staff it meant that publicly talking about the Rohingya became almost taboo. Many UN press releases about Rakhine avoided using the word completely. The Burmese government does not even use the word Rohingya or recognise them as a distinct group, preferring to call them "Bengalis". During my years reporting from Myanmar, very few UN staff were willing to speak frankly on the record about the Rohingya. Now an investigation into the internal workings of the UN in Myanmar has revealed that even behind closed doors the Rohingyas' problems were put to one side....

 

Quick to point out that this happens across the globe, and certainly not only in Muslim-majority countries, Bennoune also praised Malaysia as a wonderfully diverse country in which many people do enjoy their cultural rights. But she warned, as with everywhere in the world, the creep of hard-line religion into politics could place this tolerance at risk....

 

"First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine]," Mosyakov told RT. "Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia…. Third, it's the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia]."..

 

Israel Endorsed Kurdish Independence: Saladin Would Have Been Proud
David M. Halbfinger

“Iraqi and Iranian Kurds have deep ties,” he said. “And to create trouble for Iran, one way is to encourage independence for Iranian Kurds. The Iranians are terrified and furious about exactly that: that the Israelis are doing it, and that an independent Kurdistan will be a base for Israeli operations against Iran, via Iran’s Kurdish population.”....

 

Fact Check: Aung San Suu Kyi's Speech on the Rohingya Crisis
Oliver Holmes

The government and state media in majority-Buddhist Myanmar have squarely and repeatedly blamed the conflict on “extremist terrorists”, without condemning widely-reported abuses by the security forces or ethnic Buddhist mobs....

The Moral Case for Kurdish Independence
Sharif Nashashibi

If or when such a referendum takes place, it would undoubtedly result in a massive vote in favour of independence. Regardless, I would continue to condemn Kurdish abuses of human rights, as I do with abuses throughout the region. Similarly, and when necessary, I would criticize the new Kurdish state’s regional policies, and any expansion into territories whose populations would predominantly reject Kurdish rule....

 

Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch, referring to Aung San Suu Kyi's assertion that military operations had ended, asked: "If that is true, then who is burning all the villages we've seen in the past two weeks?" He said satellite images showed about half of all Rohingya villages had been torched and it was time that Aung San Suu Kyi, the government and the military faced the fact that the security forces "don't follow a code of conduct and shoot and kill who they want".....

 

Aung San Suu Kyi – the Lady, the Iron Butterfly, a Nobel laureate, a pro-democracy icon and the Nelson Mandela of Myanmar – has turned out to be very different indeed from her South African counterpart. But just like Mother Teresa of Kolkata, Aung San Suu Kyi has probably been held in too high regard by too many people for too long....

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan
Grant Rumley

For one, this is less about unity and more about finances. In March, Hamas announced the formation of the administrative committee, a quasi-governmental body that would ostensibly assume more functions of a state. Fatah leaders reacted with outrage, accusing Hamas of forming a shadow government that would “perpetuate the division instead of promoting reconciliation.”...

 

The intent behind her silence is incomprehensible. May be she has toned down her opposition to the military. Or, may be her silence will give her more power and influence over the military establishment she shares power with. But she has the moral duty to protect the minority community. As Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a letter to Suu Kyi last week, “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is too steep.”...

 
How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?
Jonathan Schanzer and Grant Rumley

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?
Jonathan Schanzer

That means the clock is now ticking for the Palestinian Authority, which receives around $350 million from the U.S. each year. The Taylor Force Act wouldn’t block humanitarian or security aid, meaning U.S. funds wouldn’t be zeroed out, but our sources say the total could fall as low as $120 million, depending on how far Congress and the Trump administration want to go. ...

 

The Rohingya – the World’s Most Persecuted Religious Minority on My Mind
Aijaz Zaka Syed

With our indifference and inaction, we are not only betraying Myanmar’s Muslims but we may also be paving the way for more such tragedies around the world. If we do not act and soon, there will be a catastrophic price to pay. That is the message from the Haram....

 

Myanmar’s Unpeople: Suu Kyi Is Not the Only Leader Who Can Be Accused of Hypocrisy
Mahir Ali

Given that she eventually entered into a power-sharing arrangement with the military, which continues to exercise considerable control, not least in matters related to ‘security’, speaking up for the human rights of the Rohingya would in all likelihood have made precious little difference on the ground. That is, of course, an inadequate excuse for not speaking up. ....

 

Myanmar Treatment of Rohingya Looks Like 'Textbook Ethnic Cleansing', Says UN
Michael Safi

Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top United Nations human rights official has said. In an address to the UN human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein denounced the “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks carried out last month....

 

Personal law is not person al at all; arguably, it is not even law. It bestows rights to a community but its members can exercise that right only individually. It is inherent in India's circumstances that it pits the Hindu majority against the Muslim minority. Few care to recognize that the crux of the matter is gender inequality across the board. Instead, the conflict features two sets of men, each of whom claims to speak for women but uses that as a pretext for inter-community fear-mongering and contestations.

 

Are We Really Prepared For A Uniform Civil Code?
Faizan Mustafa

It is an erroneous perception that we have different personal laws because of religious diversity. As a matter of fact, law may differ from state to state. It appears that the framers of the Constitution did not intend total uniformity in the sense of one law for the whole country, because the power to legislate in respect of personal laws has been given to both Parliament as well as state assemblies. ...

 

One Nation One Code: The four-part series on Constituent Assembly debates on the Uniform Civil Code

How Ambedkar and others pushed for a uniform code before Partition

How the clause on a Uniform Civil Code was rendered toothless

Uniform code will hurt harmony, minorities argued to make a case for

How Muslim fears were allayed, and the UCC became a directive

principle

True secularism demands a Uniform Civil Code

Compiled by New Age Edit Bureau

 

The future of Islamism: Can political Islam make it in the modern world?
The Economist

As with Islamism’s downfall in Egypt, its happier progress in Tunisia is, in large part, a matter of context. Unlike Egypt and Turkey, Tunisia does not have a strong and politicised army. And whereas the state’s repression in Egypt before the revolution seemed to harden the Brotherhood, in Tunisia it led Ennahda members, who shared prison cells with other opposition leaders, to adopt a more liberal worldview. The unique challenges faced in each country undoubtedly shaped their development. So Mr Ghannouchi says he has no desire to export the Ennahda model, seeing it as derived from the Tunisian context. “But if others find that they can benefit from our experience, that would make us happy.”



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