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“An Open letter to Honorable President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama”

To Honorable President, Mr. Barack Obama, United States of America (USA). “An Open letter to Honorable President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama” Dear President: We, the executive members of the Rohingya Student Union, on behalf of long oppressed victims Rohingya community would like to highlight critical issues which are desperately needed to be addressed byRead More »

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama thanked the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for offering condolences after 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern US history, as the pair once again angered China by meeting at the White House. It was Obama’s fourth White House meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader, whom Beijing accuses of leading a campaign to split the region off from the rest of China. The Dalai Lama says he simply wants a higher degree of autonomy under Chinese rule. China condemned the meeting after the White House listed it on Obama’s public schedule. The meeting was closed to news media coverage, but the White House released on its Flickr account a photo by the president’s official photographer of the two men greeting each other. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama has “warm personal feelings” toward the 80-year-old Dalai Lama and fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Obama also appreciates his teachings and believes in preserving Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions, Earnest said. The Dalai Lama led a minute of silent prayer for the shooting victims during a visit at the US Institute of Peace in Washington on Monday, the day after a gunman opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding dozens more. “The president thanked the Dalai Lama for his expression of condolences about the terrorist attack in Orlando over the weekend,” Earnest said. China strongly disapproved of the meeting. Its Foreign Ministry said it had made “solemn representations” to the US Embassy in Beijing and expressed its “firm opposition.” “We need to emphasize that the Tibetan issue is China’s internal affairs and other countries do not have any right to interfere with this,” spokesman Lu Kang told a daily media briefing. “The 14th Dalai Lama is not simply a religious figure but a political figure in exile who has been conducting secessionist activities internationally under the pretext of religion,” the statement said. “If President Obama meets with Dalai Lama, it will send the wrong signal to Tibetan separatist forces, and it will undermine the mutual trust and cooperation between China and the US.” Lu urged Washington to “stick by its promise of recognizing Tibet as part of China, and not support Tibetan independence or any separatist activities.” Earnest reiterated Wednesday that US policy toward Tibet remained unchanged. “Tibet, per US policy, is considered part of the People’s Republic of China, and the United States has not articulated our support for Tibetan independence,” he said. “Both the Dalai Lama and President Obama value the importance of a constructive and productive relationship between the United States and China. All of those were policy positions of the United States before the meeting occurred. Our policy hasn’t changed after the meeting.” China also blames the Dalai Lama and others for inciting a wave of self-immolations among Tibetans in recent years. Dozens have set themselves on fire while calling for the return of the Dalai Lama or for Tibetan independence. Obama held the meeting in the Map Room, instead of the Oval Office, because the Dalai Lama is not a head of state. The president had been scheduled to travel to Wisconsin on Wednesday for his first campaign appearance with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following his formal endorsement of her last week. But the event was postponed after the Orlando shooting, creating room on Obama’s schedule to meet with the Dalai Lama, who was already visiting Washington. Obama planned to visit Orlando on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims and meet with their loved ones.

RSU: 16:JUNE:2016 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama thanked the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for offering condolences after 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern US history, as the pair once again angered China by meeting at the White House. It was Obama’s fourth White House meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader, whomRead More »

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Don’t blame Suu Kyi for military straitjacket

Some criticisms of Suu Kyi have been fair, others have not. With the military guaranteed a commanding role into the future, she can expect more blame for things beyond her control. by ANNA ROBERTS | 12 Nov 2015 Over the election period, there has been an obvious focus on Aung San Suu Kyi and herRead More »

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Myanmar’s Disenfranchised Rohingya

By U SHWE MAUNGNOV. 2, 2015 YANGON, Myanmar — The world is watching Myanmar as election day nears. The governments of the United States and other countries, which view this contest as a potential watershed for democracy, hope that Sunday’s voting will be “inclusive and credible.” But with just days to go, the election isRead More »

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“Election or Elimination of Rohingya in Burma?”

IN Myanmar, The national election of Myanmar becomes a concern and remains being a hope of transaction to democracy for all the nationals of Myanmar (formerly Burma) regardless of ethnic, race and religion. It is expected that the election is to be held on November of the year 2015 which the nationals of the countryRead More »

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The World This Week: Genocide, Cannibalism and Forest Fires

Genocide in Myanmar and cannibalism in South Sudan are mere trifles compared to the catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia. The brown and yellow races mingle where the borders of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India meet. Less than seven decades ago, these lands were part of the British Empire. Largely autonomous tribes that had intermittently warred inRead More »

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No Rohingya agenda in Myanmar polls

By Ferooze Ali – 8 September 2015 @ 11:00 AM IN the second quarter of this year, the Rohingyas’ irregular sea migration made the headlines across international media. The months of May and June witnessed thousands of malnourished Rohingya refugees arriving into the seas of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, in cramped boats abandoned by theirRead More »

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Rohingya Refugee Seeks Cambodia Exit

Hul Reaksmey September 07, 2015 3:39 PM PHNOM PENH— A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar is preparing to go home three months after he arrived in Cambodia as part of a controversial resettlement deal with Australia. Kem Sarin, head of the Interior Ministry’s refugee program, told reporters Monday the man had contacted the Myanmar Embassy withRead More »

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fatal deaf ear

It was sometime in June of 1974. Some army officers including Major Faruk and Major Rashid had gathered at the residence of Major General Ziaur Rahman, then deputy chief of army. During the three hour long meeting, their discussion was centered on a coup. One of the participants had doodled on a scrap of paperRead More »

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