Category: Opinion

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


An Islamic Perspective on the Sacred Balance of Humanity, Animals and Nature: An Overview of “Ecolibrium”

"Ecolibrium: The Sacred Balance in Islam" is a book that focuses on the plight of humanity, animals and nature. It seeks to address the causes of ecological, environmental and developmental degradation utilizing three groups of main sources: empirical evidence from nature and history, the Quran and authentic Hadith, and logical inferences.

/ January 22, 2022

ကိုလိုနီ စိတ်မှ လွတ်မြောက်ပြီး ဒီမိုကရေစီနည်းကျ အသိပညာပြန့်ပွားရေး၊ FORSEA ပညာရှင်များ စကားဝိုင်း

ရိုဟင်ဂျာလူမျိုးစုနှင့် ၎င်းတို့သမိုင်းကို မြန်မာနိုင်ငံမှ ဖျက်ဆီးခြင်းတို့ကို ဂျင်န်နိုဆိုက် (genocide) လူမျိုးတုံးအမြစ်ဖြုတ်မှု အဖြစ်ရှုမြင်ခြင်းနှင့် ပတ်သက်၍ ကမ္ဘာ့အဆင့်ပညာရှင်များ စကားဝိုင်းတစ်ရပ် ပြုလုပ်ခဲ့သည်။

/ January 15, 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

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

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

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.

/ December 7, 2021

The Historic Significance of the Farmers’ Struggles in India

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.

/ December 2, 2021