This closing up of genuine intellectual counter-spaces marks the critical moment when universities go from saying this is what the state wishes to teach you, to this is what the state limits your understanding to be. And they cancel the contracts for books, reject inviting talks by scholars, and ignore work that shows a different way to view one or another of the societies in the region.
"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. For me, Burmese nationalism is very similar to white supremacy ideologies. The Black population around the world is thousands of times bigger than the Kachin population in Burma, so...
FORSEA Co-founder offers his no-hold-barred view of the Myanmar terrorist regime renaming itself “Caretaker”
The coup regime's latest move to reinvent itself as "Caretaker" government is the vicious repeat of the pattern of deceiving Myanmar public which began with General Ne Win intervening in electoral politics in September 1958 – under the same "Caretaker Government" label.
The Misuses of Histories and Historiography by the state in Myanmar: The Case of Rakhine and Rohingya
Some look to find solutions in holding Myanmar to account through international law regarding what the Myanmar military has done to Rohingya. That is what they can do. I am not a lawyer, but a historian. When I look at Myanmar, I am trying to unravel the ways in which religious haters in the country misuse history to legitimate what they do.
Maung Zarni comments on the farcical nature of the politically motivated trial of the Burmese Nobel Peace laureate who remains overwhelmingly popular with the ethnically majority Burmese electorate.
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.
FORSEA Co-Founder & Burmese scholar-activist Maung Zarni to speak at Auschwitz International Conference on Exclusion 7 – 8 July
The international debate is an opportunity to emphasize the role that Auschwitz and other museums and memorial sites play in educational process because the history of Auschwitz is not only a sequence of historical events, but above all it is a universal experience passed on to us by the Witnesses.
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...
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.