"It's from the frying pan of wars and genocide at home, into the flaming fire of an off-shore refugee-prison complex in Australia". FORSEA hosted a virtual in-depth discussion on how a democratic state such as Australia has adopted and institutionalized an anti-refugee policy since around 2001.
Join the FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles in Asia for a discussion on the Inhumanity Against Refugees in the Name of Border Control: The Sordid Case of Australia.
What the BJP regime needs to understand is that deporting asylum seekers to Myanmar will undoubtedly be appreciated by the Tatmadaw. But it will come at a huge cost, not least to India’s battered image of being a democracy. Its more lasting consequence would be to damage relations with the protesting multitude of people in Myanmar.
A Consensus on the Efficacy and Value of ASEAN Summit on Myanmar: Understand & Appreciate Myanmar People’s Analyses of Their Oppression
"ASEAN is not capable of dealing with Myanmar’s Civil War/Revolution while the UN is abdicating its responsibility". An in-depth Facebook LIVE discussion – a post mortem discussion – on the Five Point Consensus from the recent ASEAN Summit on Myanmar with views from three top discussants: Tan Sri Dr Sayed Hamid Albar, Professor Michael W. Charney, and Dr Khin Zaw Win.
Burmese scholar-activist Maung Zarni discusses the relationship between scholarship, activism, and truth-telling; his childhood in Burma and his formative influences among other topics.
WATCH LIVE: ASEAN Summit On Myanmar Crisis: A Post Mortem Discussion.
Amidst vociferous criticism and protestations against the invitation of Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the coup regime to the special Summit on Myanmar, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is going ahead with its Summit on Myanmar in Jakarta. It is NOW time for ASEAN to engage all parties in Myanmar’s worsening conflict.
Zarni argues that contrary to the view of western journalists and Burma experts, which promotes the empirically false conception of the Tatmadaw as "the glue" that keeps the country's ethnic groups together, the Tatmadaw has been the single most divisive and destablising institution in the diverse ethnic nations that formed a voluntary Union of Burma in the last days of the British rule post-WWII.
China’s Re-establishment of the Maritime Silk Route (MSR): Its effect in the Philippines & Asian Geopolitics
The South China Sea is the perfect spot for the attainment of China's long-term goal in military affairs, in political development, in economic growth and cultural change. Meanwhile, 61% of the public in the Philippines and 51% in Vietnam say they are very concerned about a possible military confrontation with Beijing.
A Typical Day in the Life of People in Myanmar under Terrorist Siege
A thoughtful but painful comment on the situation in Myanmar written by an anonymous Burmese Facebook user.