The Destruction of Rohingya Identity and History: Myanmar’s Continuing Genocide, Colonial Knowledge and Burma Studies
This week FORSEA is launching a new dialogue series “Decolonizing Minds and Democratising Knowledge”. Our inaugural episode is on the destruction of Rohingya identity and history by Myanmar state (the national military) and non-state actors (a local militia and its local community), the process of which involves perpetrating groups, inter alia, using heavily British colonial era records such as censuses designed and taken for colonial administrative purposes.
FORSEA is hosting an all-Burmese dialogue – in Burmese and English languages – with critical intellectuals and activists whose knowledge is grounded in their grassroots experiences. The speakers are acutely aware of the fact that as the wretched of Myanmar, they are fighting wars on multiple fronts – against the neo-imperialist thought, space and system where local knowledge is typically relegated to second class.
This week FORSEA is hosting an indepth dialogue with a distinguished researcher, journalist Didi Kirsten Tatlow on the crucial need to understand and appreciate fully the nature of the Chinese Communist Party or CCP and the profound consequences of its rise to the commanding heights of global affairs.
Maung Zarni argues that neither the United States nor the rest of the west walk their talk of democracy or human rights, unless doing so suits their agenda (s), and they might not be the reliable allies in the freedom struggles, offering his own native Myanmar as an Exhibit A of the textbook hypocrisy of these liberal democratic regimes.
After Afghanistan, how credible is Joe Biden’s talk of support for democracy and opposition against authoritarianism around the world?
Myanmar under the coup regime has been in a Zero Sum popular armed revolution, yet the Biden White House has offered Myanmar's human rights defenders and pro-democracy revolution nothing more than empty statements. This is discussed on the next FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles in Asia.
Ten days ago, Prime Minister Modi was forced to repeal all the pro-corporate agricultural laws, signalling the regime's defeat at the hands of a determined, well-organized and uncompromising farmers' movement. This FORSEA Dialogue on our YouTube channel is dedicated to this historic and historically significant victory by the Indian farmers.
The forthcoming FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Asia on December 1, 2021 will be on the theme of States, Racisms and Genocides.
The next FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Asia, on Wednesday 17 November, discusses China-US Tensions: Their Impact on Myanmar and Broader Southeast Asia with four expects on the region.
The Balkanization of Myanmar: Minorities’ Solution to 70-years of the Colonial Rule & Political Repression?
The next FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Asia discusses Myanmar with Rual Lian Than, an ethnic Chin researcher and activist.