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...
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.
Facebook and the Rohingya genocide: FORSEA's Maung Zarni speaks on MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan Show on the Facebook problem.
The Rohingya photographers gathered here offer a revisioning of sorts, a counternarrative to existing tropes of their community as uber-victims. Instead, we get glimpses of what it means to ‘live with’ such infrastructures of statelessness, to see what we might otherwise miss.
Gregory Stanton on the Mainstreaming of Slobodan Milošević ‘s Euphemism “Ethnic Cleansing” in Cases of Genocide
In Stanton’s expert opinion, no prosecutor can charge anyone for committing “ethnic cleansing” as it is not a crime under international law. The term is a license for impunity.
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.
What the BJP regime needs to understand is that deporting asylum seekers to Myanmar will undoubtedly be appreciated by the Tatmadaw. But it will come at a huge cost, not least to India’s battered image of being a democracy. Its more lasting consequence would be to damage relations with the protesting multitude of people in Myanmar.
The Geopolitics of the Global War on Terror Third International Conference on Islamophobia, Istanbul, Turkey, 28 March 2021
The whistleblower on Myanmar's genocide of Rohingyas, Maung Zarni, dissected the 4-decades of policies and practices of genocidal persecution of the national minority who live in their ancestral home region of Western Myanmar.
Leading scholars’ consensus was clear: Neither ICJ nor ICC on their own will deliver Rohingyas from hell
On 15 December 2020, a group of leading scholars and experts from Canada, USA, and Ireland involved in the global campaign to end Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingyas held a legal roundtable, jointly organised by the Free Rohingya Coalition and FORSEA.