No one wants to live under Thai colonial rule

   No one wants to live under Thai colonial rule 


BANGKOK, Jan 24 — The Thai Foreign Ministry should be commended for making the problems in the deep South one of its top priorities.

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Rohingya refugee issue needs a holistic approach – The Nation

   Rohingya refugee issue needs a holistic approach – The Nation 


JAN 27 – Thailand’s call for a conference in Bangkok of a focus group on the Rohingya issue is a good initiative.

All the stakeholders could meet and work out practicable and durable solutions on a trans-national issue that increasingly needs a comprehensive and multilateral approach.

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Desperate plight of the forgotten Rohingya

   Desperate plight of the forgotten Rohingya 


BANGKOK, Jan 30 — Around early December, in Eastern Bangladesh, hundreds of people boarded a few rickety wooden boats and embarked on a journey they thought would convey them to a better life. They would land perhaps on Thailand’s southwestern coast and then seek work there or in the Muslim promised land of Malaysia. (Pity you for delusions)

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Iraq Inaugurates Monument of Shoe Thrown at President Bush

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A giant replica of the shoe tossed by a journalist at President Bush during his December trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, CNN reports.

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Reuters:Turkish PM returns to hero’s welcome after Gaza row


By Paul de BendernISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome on his return to Istanbul on Friday after accusing Israel of “knowing very well how to kill” during a heated debate at the World Economic Forum.


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Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations and the Stateless Rohingyas

Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations and the Stateless Rohingyas

I have lately been disturbed by two developments. Firstly, at the very moment when ‘realism’ has lost its post-Westphalian glories and is suffering from disrepute, the stateless people continue to be at the mercy of the state. In the case of the Rohingyas it is even more pathetic for their refuge across the border brought no change to their sufferings. On the contrary, as camped and non-camped refugees, they ended up becoming victims of yet another state power, this time of Bangladesh. Secondly, when the power of the state has been eroded considerably, particularly in the wake of misgovernance and globalization, the state is brought in to resolve the issue of statelessness. Indeed, the Rohingyas were sent home, amidst criticism of ‘involuntary’ repatriation, with the hope that the government of Myanmar (GOM) after over half-a-century would change its position and make them all worthy citizens of Myanmar. What we have is a representation of a dialectic in the constitution of the state, that is, state as usurper and state as salvation, without of course realizing that the former cancels the latter and vice versa.

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AFP:Thailand grants UN access to Myanmar boat people

BANGKOK (AFP) — The UN refugee agency said Thursday it had visited 12 teenage migrants from Myanmar after Thai authorities finally granted access to some of the Rohingya boat people washing up on its shores.

Thailand has recently been accused of cruelty toward the Muslim-majority group, including beating new arrivals and sending them back to sea with little food and water — reports the government has denied.

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Turkish PM admonishes Israel president over Gaza

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DAVOS, Jan 30 — Turkey’s prime minister stalked off the stage at the World Economic Forum red-faced yesterday after reproaching Israel’s president over the Gaza offensive by saying “You kill people.”

The packed audience, which included President Barack Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett, appeared stunned as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres raised their voices and traded accusations.

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