Anger against open door policy

Insight Down South


Rising public quarrels between Singaporeans and foreign immigrants show that the government’s policy of mass importing of foreigners to boost the economy and correct a declining birthrate is going badly.


The Arakan Conflict and Nationalist Threats In Burma

Written by Sai Latt

MONDAY, 23 JULY 2012

As society liberalizes after 60 years, new strains appear

The continuing strife in western Burma signifies a dangerous future for an ethnically diverse country that has experienced ethnic conflicts for more than 60 years. It is not simply a campaign against the minority Rohingya as a group. It is a reflection of a tragic political hangover of the nation-state system that operates through an ominous and troubling nationalism.

The Arakan conflict is about nation-state building and state territorialization, which are being articulated by mainstreaming a singular ethno-religious identity — Buddhist Burmese, the basis of official nationalism. The root cause of the historical antagonism between the dominant Burman leadership and ethnic groups has been reactivated.


The Psychology of Prejudice and Racism

How do we define prejudice and racism?
As prejudice and racism have caused enormous suffering across history, it is very important to try to understand how they work. Prejudice and racism both refer to a negative view of one group of people based solely on their membership in that group. Racism is a specific form of prejudice, involving prejudicial attitudes or behavior towards members of an ethnic group. The definition of race is somewhat variable but commonly refers to an ethnic group originating on a specific continent, such as people of African, European or Asian descent.


The Power of Words

Gregory Stanton: The Eight Stages of Genocide

The Burning Issue: The DNA of Human Rights

ERT Launches Situation Report on Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

London, 02 July 2012

The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) today launches its situation report Burning Homes, Sinking Lives: A situation report on violence against stateless Rohingya in Myanmar and their refoulement from Bangladesh. The report presents the findings and observations of ERT researchers.

The report, which includes testimony collected from over 50 interviews with Rohingya in the period 13-29 June 2012, paints an extremely bleak picture, which demands urgent action to prevent further human rights violations including loss of life, suffering, forced displacement and damage to property. In addition to the testimony of victims, the report reviews the legal obligations of the parties to this crisis and makes recommendations to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the UNHCR and the international community.

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The vicious cycle of abuse


All abuse is about power, because you never abuse people who have more power than you.

I WAS reading about the trial of Jerry Sandusky, a well-known and much-loved football coach at Penn State University in the US, for abusing some of the young boys under his charge.


The twentieth century has been defined as the century of nationalism and genocide. How intense is the relationship between the two, given the fact they so often tend to occur simultaneously? Nationalism is the doctrine that “the rulers should belong to the same ethnic (that is, national) group as the ruled” (Gellner, 1983, p. 1). The doctrine assumes that a ruler belonging to an alien nationality or ethnic group is not fully legitimate. However, the inverse formula is a sure recipe for ethnic cleansing, mass deportation, and genocide: to claim that the inhabitants of a specific constituency must share the same ethnic lineage as its leaders is effectively to give full legitimacy to the mass expulsion of different ethnicity and the drastic redrawing of boundaries to suit the group’s pedigree. Nationalism also holds that “nation and political power should be congruent” (Gellner, 1983, p. 1). This longing for congruence, or ethnopolitical purity, is the historical hallmark of most nationalist attempts to erase ethnic distinctiveness by homogenizing entire populations.


Mandalay Monk – Brothers from different religions

မႏၲေလးဘုန္းႀကီး ၊ ဇူလိုုင္ ၂၊ ၂၀၁၂
          ခရစ္ယာန္ဘာသာ၊ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၊ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာ၊ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ ဘာသာႀကီး ေလးရပ္အနက္ ကမ႓ာ့လူဦးေရ သန္း ေပါင္း ေျခာက္ေထာင္ရွိရာ ခရစ္ယန္ဘာသာ သန္းေပါင္း ၂၁၀၀၊ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ သန္းေပါင္း ၁၃၀၀၊ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာ သန္းေပါင္း ၁၀၀၀၊ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ သန္းေပါင္း ၃၇၆ သန္း ဟုု စာရင္းကို ေတြ႔ဖူး၏။

          က်န္ဦးေရတစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ ဘာသာမဲ့ေနၾက၏။ တစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ နတ္ကိုးကြယ္၏။ ဤသို႔ၾကားဖူး၏။ ကမ႓ာ့တိုက္ႀကီး ေလးတိုက္ အာရွ တိုက္၊ ဥေရာပတိုက္ စသည္ ကမ႓ာအရပ္ရပ္ ဘာသာစုံျပန္႔ႏွံ႔လ်က္ရွိ၏။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာတို႔အတြက္ ဗုဒၶဘုရားက ေမတၱာကို အထူးဦးစားေပး ေဟာခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း တစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ ဗုဒၶဘာသာတို႔သည္ ဘာသာျခားတို႔အေပၚ ေမတၱာမထားႏိုင္ၾကဘဲ မုန္းတီးေရး ဝါဒကို ဖန္တီးလိုၾက၏။