Category: Featured

Featured articles from FORSEA contributors.


Warnings from the Balkans, again! Denials of Bosnian Genocide, Prospects for Bosnia’s Disintegration and Great Powers in a Small Playground

The FORSEA Dialogue on Decolonizing Minds, Democratizing Knowledge Series welcomes Distinguished Guest, Demir Mahmutćehajic, a veteran leading activist in the civil rights movement DOSTA! or Enough! in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a co-founder of UK's Islamic Human Rights Commission.

/ January 19, 2022

Post-Holocaust Genocides as a Single Clearest Indictment of the Criminal Failure of the United Nations & World Civilization

FORSEA’s new YouTube LIVE Dialogue series “Decolonizing Minds, Democratizing Knowledge” hosted its first episode, looking at Rohingya identity and history destruction by Myanmar as a real-world case.

/ January 15, 2022

The Violent Legacies in Myanmar of Colonial Knowledge and Area Studies

A major problem standing in the way of progress of what should be a joint front is that academics have clung to the myth that academics are observers, not participants, and that they should stand beyond politics. Unfortunately, in the Area Studies of the American and the British Academies, the 'discipline IS political'. Our disciplines have emerged from the colonial period as tools of empire and were preserved after the...

/ January 13, 2022

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.

/ January 12, 2022

Anthropology has cheated on me

In this poem, Chu May Paing, a radical Burmese feminist thinker and student of neo-imperialist White Academy and its modes of operation, confronts her chosen field of cultural anthropology.

/ January 3, 2022

Experts in Myanmar Affairs: Usurping Local Voices and Doing Harm

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.

/ December 22, 2021

“I Was Not Used by the Military”: Myanmar Dictator Ne Win’s Most Influential Educational Reformer Dr Nyi Nyi

I am writing these words not so much as an obituary of a public figure who helped lay the educational foundation for Burma’s military-controlled politico-economic system but as a tale which offers some invaluable lessons for the western-educated elite, who self-perceive themselves as advisers, policy actors and power brokers in the government of the day.

/ December 18, 2021

The Panda has Claws too: Why We Must Get a Grip on what the Chinese Communist Party/CCP Really Is

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.

/ December 15, 2021

Neither the United States nor the Rest of the West Walk their Talk of Democracy or Human Rights

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.

/ December 14, 2021

A Myanmar’s Military That Burns Civilians Alive Ought to be Designated as Terrorist

While governments and human rights organizations were occupied with the farce of the coup junta’s trial of Aung San Suu Kyi and the expected guilty verdict on 6 December 2021, the junta’s back-to-back acts of terrorism have not been reported in the ways they deserve and nor have they received worldwide scrutiny and condemnation.

/ December 9, 2021