Category: Opinion

The latest opinion from those committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.


From #BlackLivesMatter to Burmese and Kachin Liberation: An interview with Hkun Htoi

The Kachin people are like Black people in some parts of the world. We have been facing all forms of systemic discrimination from the government that is supposed to protect us, especially the majority of Burmese nationalists in the Kachin case. The Burmese nationalism embraced by the Burmese nationalists is very similar to the White supremacy ideology.

/ July 23, 2021

Myanmar Coup Regime’s Handling of COVID-19: Is it Genocidal?

it is conceivable that the Myanmar terrorist regime of the SAC may be genocidally minded in its approach in tackling COVID-19 within the military and its sub-social system, while deliberately putting at risk the lives of millions of anti-military Burmese of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

/ July 15, 2021

Josef Silverstein, The Death of A Fine American Scholar who “Gave Back” to His Subjects

Joe was one of the very few western scholars who made compassionate efforts to give back to the people or “the subjects” whom they study. This last quality alone of Joe, the scholar, will etch his name in my memory, and the memories of those, who had the great fortune of knowing him as a friend, a colleague, a fellow scholar, a teacher, and a comrade in the people’s struggle...

/ July 1, 2021

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

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