Category: Featured

Featured articles from FORSEA contributors.


Myanmar anti-coup opposition’s Happy Birthday Parties for Aung San Suu Kyi do not augur well for the country’s future

The mass hysteria around Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday is the clearest indication of deeply entrenched cultist neo-totalitarian thoughts, mental habits and political behaviour among Ms Suu Kyi’s populist base. It confirms how indifferent this base is to the democratic ethos, international law, and normative principles of human rights.

/ June 24, 2021

Engaging with State Power, without Losing Principles or Your Head · Part 3

Those of us Burmese who have made overthrowing our country’s well-entrenched military dictatorship, our business – or Doe-Ayay, as we say in Burma in specific reference to protests against any Oppressive Order – do not look to the United Nations or the European Union, let alone the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), for help.

/ June 17, 2021

BJP’s Hindutva, Modi’s Righ-wing Populism and their Devastating Impact on India Society

Amitabh Pal, the American-educated Indian journalist offered his incisive analysis of the ideological pillars on which rests the toxic mix of Hindutva or Hindu nationalism and right-wing populism of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

/ June 17, 2021

How the Indian Government’s Mindset Led India Into a Pandemic Cataclysm

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ascension to power seven years ago combined a Hindu nationalist ideology and a right-wing populist persona. Both these qualities have hurtled India into an unprecedented humanitarian nightmare in recent weeks and months." Join a discussion with Amitabh Pal and FORSEA's Maung Zarni.

/ June 12, 2021

Engaging with State Power, without Losing Principles or Head · Part 2

"In those years, the Burma policy world was caught in the emerging Orwellian duality of 'Sanctions Bad, Engagement Good' of international debates which took place with respective proponents talking past one another, pursuing their own concealed interests." Read Essay 2 from Maung Zarni in the new FORSEA Democratic Struggle Series.

/ June 11, 2021

How Racist is your Engagement with Burma Studies?

If you are genuinely interested in shaping a new field so that it is balanced and fully engages with the Burmese, all Burmese, both men and women, then ask yourself, how racist is YOUR engagement with the field. If you are not interested in this question, you are part of the reason structural racism thrives in the academy.

/ June 10, 2021

Engaging with State Power, without Losing Principles or Head · Part 1

"The Burmese military regime remained, as intransigent towards any compromise with the democratic opposition, as it was repressive, towards Burmese dissidents." Read Essay 1 from Maung Zarni in the new FORSEA Democratic Struggle Series.

/ June 9, 2021

Thailand’s Military-Palace Complex and Prospects for the Emergence of a Government of, for and by the People

"Unlike the past, the pro-democracy movements now see clearly who and which institutions are the key forces in the network of the royalist elites. They do not focus solely on a number of military leaders but called for a structural changes." Puangthong R. Pawakapan

/ May 21, 2021

The USA’s Pivot towards Asia and the Genocidal Massacre of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

There needs to be a broader alliance amongst oppressed peoples in Asia who demand their right to homeland. It is necessary to extend solidarity to each other’s political struggles; it is also important to develop a common campaign to resist the USA/UK-led military paradigm in Asia which is backed by India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, and so on, amongst whom the Sri Lankan state is at the heart...

/ May 18, 2021

Burmese educators, former UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon & former UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee spoke on Myanmar human rights in Seoul

FORSEA Co-founder Maung Zarni joins former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Council – Myanmar Prof. Yanghee Lee & other prominent speakers at forum in Seoul, streamed LIVE on You Tube, May 10, 2021.

/ May 12, 2021