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Anonymous Hacks Neo-Nazis, Finds Ron Paul

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Well this just got interesting.

The hacktivist collective Anonymous set out to take down the white supremacist American Third Party (A3P) in what they called “Operation Blitzkrieg” but they may have done much more.

In a document dump that includes private forum messages, emails, organization notes another other information the group found numerous connections between Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and A3P. According to the documents, all hosted here, Paul himself regularly met with many A3P members, engaged in conference calls with their board of directors and engaged in a “bridging tacticbetween A3P and the Ron Paul Revolution.

Other excerpts show A3P webmaster Jamie Kelso (whose email account was one hacked by the collective) coordinating meeting between Paul and other members of A3P such as corporate lawyer and chairman of the Neo-Nazi group Paul. “I’m going to go to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Bill Johnson,” reads an email to an A3P member dated January 2011. “Bill and I will bemeeting with Ron and Ran Paul. I have a teleconference call with Bill (and Ron Paul) tonight. Much more later. Things are starting to happen (thanks to folks like you).”

In another passage, Kelso, a former Scientologist and account owner of other German Nazi forums, wrote: “I’ll be at CPAC from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. I’ll send back reports to you from personal meetings with Ron Paul, newly-elected Senator Rand Paul and many others. It’ll be here on WhiteNewsNow, a place that is really starting to get interesting because of the presence of folks like you. Birds of a feather flock together, and we are really gathering some quality here.”

Accusations of racism and ties to neo-Nazi interests have plagued Paul since the 1990s and have re-surfaced during this campaign. So far Paul has issued standard denials, claiming not to have been aware of the ties between his camp and the racist right and denied authorship of a series of racist newsletters, despite confirmation from his closest staff that Paul signed off on every detail.
So what’s Paul’s explanation now?

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Imam Mahdi The End Time By Sheikh Imran Hosein

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Russia Hits Back at U.S. Over Syria

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The Kremlin criticized the U.S. decision to arm Syrian opposition fighters and said Washington’s evidence that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons was unconvincing, but said Friday that Moscow is “not yet” discussing its plans to deliver of air-defense missiles to the regime.

President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the U.S. to arm fighters against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, reversing a policy of giving only nonlethal support to the country’s opposition in the two-year-old civil war. The White House cited confirmation that Mr. Assad’s regime had killed up to 150 people with chemical weapons as the reason for its about-face.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain hadn’t yet decided to supply arms to the rebels alongside the U.S., but welcomed Washington’s assessment of Syrian weapons use. The U.K. and France were instrumental in ending a European Union arms embargo on Syria, paving the way for increased European assistance to rebel forces.

Mr. Cameron was due to discuss the situation in Syria with Mr. Obama later Friday, a spokesman said. French officials are expected to meet over the weekend with Gen. Salim Idris, who commands the coalition of moderate rebel forces, to discuss future aid including possible arms supplies, according to a French official.

The U.S. move comes ahead of a meeting between Mr. Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland that starts on Monday. Syria will be at the top of the agenda for the sidelines meeting.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that he opposed the U.S. decision to send arms. “There is no such military solution. Only a political solution can address this issue sustainably; therefore, [increasing] the flow of arms to either side would not be helpful,” he said.

Mr. Ban also emphasized the need for Syria to allow an on-the-ground investigation to “establish the facts.”

If the U.S. military gets directly involved with the conflict in Syria, what would be the objective? U.S Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell outlines the challenges facing the United States regarding the Syrian civil war, in an excerpt from the Big Interview.

The Syrian government on Friday dismissed U.S. charges that it used chemical weapons as “full of lies,” accusing Mr. Obama of resorting to fabrications to justify his decision to arm Syrian rebels, the AP reported.

Officials from Russia, which along with Iran is Mr. Assad’s most prominent foreign ally, said the evidence on chemical weapons isn’t rock solid.

“We had a meeting with American representatives in which Americans tried to present information to us about the regime’s use of chemical weapons, but frankly speaking, the evidence Americans set out looks unconvincing,” Yuri Ushakov, the Kremlin’s top foreign-policy aide, said Friday, according to Russian news agencies.

Mr. Ushakov cited the flawed intelligence assessment from the administration of former President George W. Bush about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war but said he didn’t want to “draw any parallels.”

Other Russian officials were more direct. “The data on Assad’s use of chemical weapons is fabricated just like the lies about weapons of [Saddam] Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” read a tweet on the feed of Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian parliament’s international relations committee. “Obama is going down the path of G. Bush.”

The Kremlin opposes any international action against its longtime client, Mr. Assad. Russian officials have said they plan to fulfill a 2010 contract for the S-300 missiles as a way to deter potential outside military intervention in the Syrian civil war. Western powers and Israel have opposed the sale of the system.

Both Moscow and the U.S. are pushing the warring sides in Syria to enter peace talks in the coming months.

But opposition forces have appealed for more weapons and support in recent weeks as they’ve lost ground against Mr. Assad’s troops and their allies from the Iranian-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah.

The U.S. conclusion that Mr. Assad’s regime has wielded chemical weapons was based on physical samples taken from Syria, said Ben Rhodes, the White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

He said the U.S. relied on “multiple, independent streams of information” and has “high confidence” in the assessment. He cited four dates and locations at which the U.S. believes Mr. Assad’s regime employed chemical weapons.

Mr. Ushakov, who long served as the Russian ambassador to the U.S., said any extension of the White House’s support for Syria’s opposition fighters won’t help a joint effort by the U.S. and Russia to bring the bloody conflict’s opposing sides to the negotiating table.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the move suggests U.S. efforts to bring the opposition to the peace talks had stalled. He said pumping arms into Syria will increase “the level of armed confrontation and violence against civilians” and reiterated Russia’s commitment to a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

U.S. officials have stressed that Mr. Assad, backed by Hezbollah, has been making gains more than two years into a violent conflict that has left more than 93,000 people dead, according to United Nations figures. But before Thursday, the U.S. didn’t agree to provide weapons to the opposition, citing concerns that new arms could wind up in the hands of extremists and might not change the balance on the ground, as well as uncertainty about reports of the regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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ReutersA Free Syrian Army fighter wearing a gas mask carries his weapons as he walks past a damaged tank near Idlib, Syria.

Some U.K. lawmakers have voiced similar concerns, complicating any British efforts to arm rebels.

“What is clear today is that…in our world today there is a brutal dictator who is using chemical weapons under our nose in a conflict where almost a 100,000 people have already died—and what is important is that we work with our partners to do what we can to bring this to an end,” Mr. Cameron said Friday.

The Syrian regime is a longtime Kremlin ally dating back to the days of the Cold War. Mr. Putin has opposed outside military intervention in the Syrian conflict, and Russia has joined China in vetoing three U.N. resolutions that were aimed at forcing Mr. Assad to step down.

Mr. Ushakov stressed that the U.S. and Russia aren’t “competing on Syria,” and are trying to find a constructive way to solve the problem in the region.

Syria’s government signed a contract in 2010 to buy four S-300 batteries with 144 missiles for $900 million, and the first deliveries were scheduled to start this summer. The weapons could change the power dynamic in the Middle East and help the Assad regime prevent the sort of military campaign Western governments organized to aid rebels fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi in Libya.

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Good News: Russia Threatens to Bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia

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A senior source in the Russian Air Force told to Moscow website Telegrafistthat Russia had plans to bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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He claims that the combat mission can be done by a unit of Su-27s, as well as by modern bombers Su-34s with extra fuel tanks, accompanied by the Su-27s.

“Today, the situation is such that even in case if the Su-34s do not have enough fuel to get out of Iran’s airspace on return flight, they will be able to land right there”, he said – “a combat radius of the Su-27s allows fly to the capital of Qatar and Saudi Arabia and return, the Su-34s do not have such radius”.

On the question when and why these plans developed, the Russian Air Force officer replied:

“Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the region, not Israel, as many suggest, namely the regime of King Abdullah who is willing to get involved where you want to please his masters, so of course the Soviet Union was preparing plans for the destruction of this regime because without it – Saudi Arabia will no longer be an integral state and Washington will get hordes of barbarians who destroy their bases by using the same US military hardware”.

The Russians also claimed they needed no more than 24 hours for the entire operation to destroy the ruling circles of the two monarchies from the air.

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Qatari New Zionist Puppet: Arabs must intervene in Syria

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Arab countries should intervene in Syria out of “national, humanitarian, political and military duties” in the face of the UN Security Council’s failure to act, Qatari new Zionist Puppet Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has said.

He suggested in his speech on Tuesday at the annual UN General Assembly in New York City that bypassing the Security Council would enable a peaceful transition of power in Syria.

Violence in the country continued on Wednesday morning, as state television and activists reported two large explosions at the army general staff building in central Damascus. Syria’s information minister said the explosions had resulted in “only material damage”.

In New York, Zionist Hamad criticised the Security Council for failing “to reach an effective position”.

“In view of this, I think that it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria,” he said.

Western powers are opposed to direct intervention, and the Security Council, which includes Syrian allies China and Russia, has been unable to pass even a resolution calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

“We had a similar precedent when Arab forces intervened in Lebanon in the mid-’70s … to stop internal fighting there in a
step that proved to be effective and useful,” Zionist Hamad said.

He urged countries to provide “all sorts of support” to Syrians until they gain legitimate rights.

US President Barack Obama, also speaking at the General Assembly on Tuesday, again called for the Assad’s removal but provided no clear plan.

Arming of rebels denied

Zionist Qatar, along with Zionist Saudi Arabia and Turkey, strongly supports the mainly Wahabi Muslim Zio-NATO Rat’s. 20.000 people have been killed in Syria’s uprising, which began as peaceful demonstrations for reform 18 months ago but turned into an armed insurgency fighting to topple Assad, with sectarian overtones that could drag in regional powers.

Media reports have suggested that rebels are purchasing some of their arms from sources in Turkey with funds provided by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, assisted by US and European intelligence agencies.

Zionist Puppet Hamad denied that Qatar had been arming the rebels, saying that his country provided logistic and humanitarian help, and said a Sunni-Shia confrontation would be catastrophic.

Blasts at army headquarters

Following the General Assembly speeches, violence again resumed in Syria, with twin blasts striking the headquarters of the army general staff in the heart of Damascus.

Information Minister Omran Zoubi said the blasts were caused by two roadside bombs, one of which maye have been placed inside the grounds of the army headquarters. 

He said the explosions went off minutes apart just before 7 am  in the heavily guarded Umayyad Square district, shattering windows in nearby buildings.

Witnesses said the top two floors of the defence building were engulfed in flames. [Twitter/HalaJaber]

The attack was similar to one staged earlier this month in the same area that struck a building housing security staff for the army general headquarters, leaving two soldiers in critical condition.

Hala Jaber, a correspondent for the Sunday Times, wrote on Twitter that the top two floors of the building appeared to have caught fire and men on the roof were waving their arms, possibly signalling for rescue.

An assassination bombing in central Damascus in July killed Assad’s defence minister and brother-in-law.

School bombing

Bombs planted by rebels exploded on Tuesday at a school building occupied by security forces and pro-government militias in Damascus.

The school’s director told state television that seven people were wounded.

“At exactly 9:35am, seven improvised devices were set off in two explosions to target a school used for weekly planning meetings between shabbiha militia and security officers,” said Abu Moaz, a leader of rebel group Ansar al-Islam.

“There were several officers present, and we are hoping they will be part of a large number of killed in this operation.”

Zio-Nazi military said Syrian forces fired mortar shells at villages suspected to be occupied by rebels but accidentally hit illegally occupied Golan Heights, causing no injuries or damage.

A spokesman said the Zio-Nazi military filed a complaint with UN forces responsible for monitoring the border area and that “fire from Syria leaking into Israel will not be accepted”.

A source in the area told the Reuters news agency that the orchard where the shells fell belonged to an Israeli agricultural community which lies close to Syrian villages where fighting has flared between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to Assad.

The incidents came as the UN convened for its annual General Assembly in New York City, where Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League envoy, briefed the Security Council and reportedly told representatives that Assad was “not serious about making reforms”.

Children ‘badly traumatised’

In another development, a global children’s aid agency warned that Syrian children are being “badly traumatised” after witnessing killings, torture and other atrocities in their country’s brutal conflict.

Save the Children said it has collected “shocking testimony” revealing that “children have been the targets of brutal attacks, seen the deaths of parents, siblings and other children, and have witnessed and experienced torture.”

Released on Tuesday, the collection of first-hand accounts of the conflict from Syrian children and parents after fleeing their country contains graphic details of how children have been caught up in Syria’s war, “witnessing massacres and in some cases, experiencing torture”.

The report gave detailed accounts of several children who witnessed horrific atrocities in their country.

“Dead bodies along with injured people were scattered all over the ground. I found body parts all over each other. Dogs were eating the dead bodies for two days after the massacre,” it quoted 14-year-old Hassan as saying.

Another Syrian boy, Wael, 16, said he knew a six-year-old boy who “was tortured more than anyone else … he only survived for three days and then he simply died.”

The global organisation urged the UN to step up its documentation of all violations of children’s rights in Syria.

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BURMA’S KILLING FIELDS: THE HIDDEN WAR ON ROHINGYA MUSLIMS AND TRIBAL PEOPLE

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IBTimes UK uncovers the truth about what is going on behind the facade of a liberalising Myanmar
Religious violence in Burma between the Buddhist majority and other ethnic groups, such as the Rohinga Muslims, has existed for decades if not centuries. However over the last 12 months what’s been classed by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as a wave of ethnic cleansing has been sweeping across various townships in the Rakhine state on the country’s west coast.
The United Nations estimates are that around 140,000 people have fled widespread oppression and brutal violence to makeshift refugee camps, with many dying unnecessarily. But while the international community has praised President Thein Sein for his steps towards improving democracy in Burma, they have turned a blind eye to the growing violence and persecution against the Muslim minority in the country.
In an exclusive documentary short, IBTimes UK investigates the hidden genocide currently occurring inside Burma.
Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. (IBTimes UK)
Mark Farmaner is director of London-based human rights organisation Burma Campaign UK. He explains how the government has dealt with the country’s multi-ethnic makeup since independence in 1948.
“Burma is a predominantly Buddhist country but it is not [an entirely] Buddhist country. It is made up of many different ethnic groups, many ethnic minorities and many different religions,” he says.
“This is what goes to the root of why there has been a dictatorship and human rights abuses and incidents like what is taking place in Rakhine state and Kachin. The vision of the central government of Burma since independence has been that Burma is a Burmese Buddhist country and they try to impose and ‘Burmanise’ the rest of the ethnic minorities and religions in the country.”
Martine Flokstra, Emergency Aid Worker at Médecins Sans Frontières. (IBTimes UK)
Martine Flokstra has been in Burma for the past few months as part of the work done by Médecins Sans Frontières, which has been providing aid and healthcare in the country for the last 22 years.
Speaking via Skype, she says: “The majority of people are still living in makeshift camps, meaning straw, wood, rice bags and plastic sheeting, on rice paddies and areas which are prone to be flooded”.
“There are people starting to flee during the night to other camps because they were very afraid for the upcoming rain and storms.”
Gianluca Mezzofiore, Foreign Correspondent for IBTimes UK. (IBTimes UK)
IBTimes UK exclusively revealed the sinister actions of 45-year-old Buddhist Monk Ashin Witharu who, fresh from serving a nine-year jail term for inciting anti-Muslim prejudice, has crept back into the spotlight after sending his sermons of hate around the world through social media.
Foreign correspondent Gianluca Mezzofiore explains that the videos form part of an apartheid-like campaign in the country.
“His videos have been uploaded on YouTube and followed by thousands of people. The videos encourage people to boycott Muslim businesses and communities,” he says.
“In these videos he warned Buddhists against Muslims, accusing them of raping Buddhist women. He claims that they’ve taken over, they’re too rich, and that through their mosques they’re planning foreign influence on the country.”
Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. (IBTimes UK)
Tun Khin is a Rohingya Muslim from Burma and president of London-based Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. He condemns the inaction of western government to impose sanctions on Burma and says that it is critical more aid is provided.
“Well firstly, the international community have to take action immediately to provide humanitarian aid in all the areas of Rakhine. Other Rohingya are facing a restriction of movement. They can’t buy food, they can’t go to hospital. They have to provide humanitarian aid to protect the Rohingyas,” he says.
“Secondly the international community has to support the UN Commission of Inquiry. Crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing is taking place in our country against the Rohingya’s. There needs to be justice and accountability to bring those perpetrators to justice.”
Zoya Phan, Burmese Political Activist. (IBTimes UK)
Zoya Phan knows the reality of extreme violence and fear. She’s Burmese-born and from the Karen ethnic group. As a young girl, she and her family were forced to flee from vicious attacks on the village she called home.
She tells IBTimes UK that Britain and the rest of the international community need to be more forthright in their condemnation of Thein Sein’s current regime of religious persecution, and hopes that one day a fair and equal multi-cultural society in Burma can be established.
“I can’t believe that the British government and the rest of the EU countries turned a blind eye against this situation in Burma and prioritised trade and investment,” she says.
“What we need to see in Burma in the future is where everyone can have freedom of expressions. Not just some people in central Burma but everyone, regardless of our race, our ethnicities, our gender, our religion. Everyone is equal and should be treated equally.”

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MYANMAR’S OPPOSITION LEADER SNUBS ISSUE OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS

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Aung San Suu Kyi at today’s World Economic Forum BBC debate in Naypyidaw (Photo: Simon Roughneen)
PressTV:
Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected criticism leveled at her over her silence about the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim community, while announcing her desire to run for president.
The Muslim minority of Rohingyas in Myanmar accounts for about five percent of the country’s population of nearly 60 million. The persecuted minority has faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country achieved independence in 1948.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Myanmar’s government to address the plight of the Rohingya Muslim population and to protect the community against Buddhist extremists.
“At the moment nobody seems to be very satisfied with me because I’m not taking sides,” Suu Kyi said. “I have not been silent. It’s just that they are not hearing what they want to hear from me.”
“I do not want to aggravate the situation by saying that one community is wrong or the other community is wrong,” she added.
Suu Kyi made the remarks during a meeting with foreign business executives in the city of Naypyidaw on Thursday.
She also expressed her political ambitions and said, “If I pretended that I didn’t want to be president I wouldn’t be honest. And I would rather be honest with my people than otherwise… I want to run for president.”
Under the current law, her marriage to a foreigner disqualifies her for Myanmar presidency.

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Anonghost #OpBurma will Launch on 15-08-2013; Official Team Members and Video released

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#OpBurma

After the hacking operations #OpIsrael#OpUSA & #OpPetrol, now Anonghost launched #OpBurma and according to video the Cyber Attack will target Burma on 15-08-2013.

There is not any hit list of the targets; just they will lineup everybody on 15.

Hackers released their Official Members and Intro for #OpBurma:

This is our war now.
OpBurma By AnonGhost team.
Expect Us.
Official members of AnonGhost :
Mauritania Attacker – Virusa Worm – SpitFir3 – Deto Beiber – BL4ckc0d1n6 – Dr.SàM!M_008 – Kais Patron – Ian Surgent – M3GAFAB – Gbs Aremiey – Mr Domoz – Tak Dikenal – Chahid inj3ctor – b3ta – AnonxoxTN – Spec Tre – PsyferR – Raka 3r00t – Gh0st_3xp10!t – PirateX – kopra1337 – Bl4ck Jorozz – Riad Spamer –VirUs AsEr AlrOoh – Younes Lmaghribi – Zaky – Joker Inside – AreTheiS

Anonghost team released a video regarding #OpBurma.

We will talk more about this hacking operation with the hackers, to know about their main targets and why they launched #OpBurma but after watching the video it is clear that the hacking operation will be conducted in the faith for Muslim.

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“THE MASSACRE OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS GOES ON IN BURMA” BUT THE WORLD KEEPS SILENCE!

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     (Mayupress) The sectarian unrest is no new strange human tragedy in Arakan, the northern province of Burma where minority Muslim Rohingyas have been attacked by Buddhists for quite again and again.

The persecution of the stateless Rohingyas had started for decades of years. The Muslims make up nearly five percent among more than 53 million populations. And the largest group of Burma’s Muslims is generally known as the Rohingyas, who mainly live generations to generations in the western state of Arakan or Rakhine.

Elsewhere rape or murder is a crime, and there are laws to deal with a rapist or murderer, according to an analyst*.

I am sure in Burma there must be instances of a Buddhist committing such crime against a Buddhist. Usually none bothers to find out what religion the rapist belongs to. It is completely unfair that Burmese Buddhists target the entire Muslim community with accusation to Muslims being no proper investigation. It is clear that they used the rape as an excuse to step up the mysterious assaults to Rohingyas who have been attacked for some years.

Persecution of the Rohingyas in Burma has reached terrible level in recent weeks. Since June 10, a state of Emergency has been imposed across Arakan; Burmese President U Thein Sein has instigated martial law, giving the military administrative control of the region.

Now the security forces have ganged up with the Rakhine Buddhists in attack against the Rohingyas. International media or other independent observers are not allowed in the areas where Rohingyas are holed up.

Some thousands of Rohingyas have been brutally killed and hundreds of Rohingya houses and businesses have been looted or set on fire in the past two months. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other rights groups have condemned the government forces for taking partisan role and supporting the Rakhine gangs. Scores of mosques have been vandalized. The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas is going on and the government of Burma is the key sponsor of the anti-Rohingya pogrom.

Rakhine shops have stopped selling foodstuffs and other provisions to Rohingyas. State personnel are openly asking Rohingyas to leave the country or starve to death. Most Rohingyas are not being allowed to run their businesses, serving agricultural farms or other incoming sources

Some Rohingyas have attempted to flee to Bangladesh by taking along the women and children. However, the Bangladesh government has issued orders to close its borders to these refugees despite repeated calls from the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) and several other global rights groups as well as organizations, such as the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Asian Human Rights Commission.

These groups have asked Dhaka to offer refugee status to Burma’s minority Muslim Rohingyas against the backdrop of the deadly violence in the country’s Buddhist dominated Arakan state.

More than 1,200,000 Rohingyas are lying trapped in their own localities in Arakan. They have no place to escape and they are dying miserable deaths.

The Rohingya has been described as “among the world’s least wanted” and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities”. Evidence has been gathered suggesting that the Burmese regime has marked certain ethnic minorities such as the Karen for extermination or ‘Burmanisation’.

The inhuman tyrannical government, which operates unrelenting internal security machinery, generally infiltrates or monitors the meetings and activities of virtually all organizations, including religious organizations.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Suu Kyi Keeps Silence

Religious freedom for all Muslims and Christians is almost entirely absent. It is just months passed since pro-democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi belatedly received the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, but her silence and blind eye towards the atrocities of Rohingya Muslims has made the world wonder if her selection for the “esteemed honor” was proper.

Even an appeal for an international assistance from several Rohingya organizations around the world have fallen on deaf ears and have received little attention from the international community since it has been more subtle and indirect than the mass killings in places like Rwanda.

The West has literally turned a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma in an attempt to maintain its economic interests in the Burma’s lucrative market. To them the violent targeting of Burmese minorities arrived at a time when the US and Britain have called off their pro-democracy campaign against the country’s junta.

Regrettably the West’s silence over the bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims comes at a time when Western companies have jumped into Burma in an attempt to counterbalance the near-exclusive Chinese control over the Burma market. Even the silence of the United States is not unwarranted as it has deeper financial reasons.

President Barak Obama has recently lifted the ban on American investment in the country and Britain has opened a trade office in Yangon on July 11.

While it seems Burma has become a destination for capital investment now, as the United States, the European Union and Canada, Australia have accepted the government’s narrative of democratic transition and have largely lifted the economic sanctions enforced since mid eighties.

The United State looks to have overviewed what the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on her visit to Burma late last year when she welcomed Burma’s first steps toward democratization, but had set down conditions for strengthening bilateral ties, that included an end to ethnic violence!

For the international news agencies, most parts of Arakan are still media blockage zone. So, specific details of killing and harassments of Rohingyas are not reaching the mainstream media. Some Rohingya youths from different countries, using special sources are regularly collecting news from villages which are being targeted by the Rakhines and the security forces and circulating them among refugee community and others spread across other countries.

There is a report I happened to get in the first week of this month through a Human Rights Activist, in the UK that depicts the enormity of the situation. Worthy worst, the mainstream media is not using such info to expose the atrocities perpetrated by the Rakhine Buddhists and Burmese security forces in Arakan.

Obviously, it is clarified that the number of Rohingyas killed in the past two months would run into several thousands. Yet the government says the death toll is not more than 180.

This is found that the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas is sponsored by the state. It is disappointing that even the Dalai Lama, who is very vocal about the Chinese aggressions into Tibet and democratic icon Suu Kyi have not spoken out against the persecution of the Rohingyas in Burma.
*(Analyst is Mohamed Farooq, a B.Sc. Engineer in Electrical & Electronics).

US rewarding Myanmar for massacring Muslims

A LETTER FOR AMERICANS

Dear American Buddhist brothers and sisters,

I am writing to every contact listed at Buddhanet.info’s American Buddhist Directory to ask:

Are you aware of the ongoing genocide in Myanmar (Burma) — a genocide that is being committed in the name of Buddhism?

And did you know that the United States of America bears responsibility for this genocide, since the US has been rewarding the Myanmar regime with ever-closer political and economic ties during recent months of accelerating atrocities?

As American Buddhists, you are in a position to help stop this genocide, by pressuring the US and Myanmar governments as well as international human rights organizations. Your visible participation in the campaign to save the Rohingya people from extermination by murderous Buddhist fanatics will not only help draw the world’s attention to this horrific situation, but also help restore the image of Buddhism as a religion of compassion.

The facts about the genocide in Myanmar are not in dispute. The fanatical Buddhist nationalists, who unfortunately represent a large segment of the roughly 60 million Buddhists in Myanmar, admit that they are trying to uproot and exterminate the roughly one million Muslim Rohingya from land that the Rohingya have lived on for centuries.

Here is what a typical genocidal Buddhist fanatic from Myanmar wrote in a comment on a Wall Street Journal article:

“Burma is Buddhist nation created for the 135 Tibeto-Burman tribes. People do not get citizenship just because born there or illegally lived there for centuries. Please do not interfere with the law and internal affairs of Burma just as you do not like other nations to poke their nose in your internal affairs.”

“People do not get citizenship just because born there or illegally lived there for centuries.” This statement, which aptly sums up the official policy of the Burmese regime, could get the person who made it, and the government that follows it, hanged for crimes against humanity.

Obviously, being born in a modern nation to a family that has been there for centuries automatically confers citizenship. And obviously, any modern nation that denies citizenship to such people, burns their homes and communities, and murders them en masse, with the aim of removing them from the nation of their birth, is committing the internationally-recognized crime of genocide.

 

In recent weeks, many thousands of homes, and more than 20 mosques, have been burned by murderous Buddhist mobs, backed by national security forces, in the Arakan state of Myanmar. Estimates of the number of Rohingya Muslims murdered, whether directly or by drowning in the Naf River, as they flee the killers, range from the thousands to the tens of thousands.

Every one of the more than 500 mosques in Arakan has been taken over by the genocidal regime’s security forces and shut down, and they are being demolished one-by-one. (This happened during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are supposed to spend as much time as possible in a mosque.)

Muslims have been living in Burma since roughly 800 c.e. — that is, nearly for as long as the religion of Islam has existed. And Arakan has been a Muslim region, ruled by Muslim kings and/or populated by Bengali Muslims, since 1430.

The most notable population increase of Muslims in Arakan took place in the 1600s. The idea that the Rohingya people are somehow “recent immigrants” to the region is clinically insane — a symptom of the larger insanity known as nationalist fanaticism.”

Both Buddhism and Islam are universalist religions: They proclaim truths that are valid for all people, indeed for all of existence. And the core truth that both religions proclaim is the primacy of compassion. In Buddhism, a central feature of the Buddha nature is compassion for all beings. If one were to choose a single hallmark of a successful advanced practitioner of Buddhism, it would be a highly-developed sense of compassion.

Whatever has happened to the Myanmar Buddhists’ compassion for their fellow citizens who happen to be born as Rohingyas?

Islam, too, views compassion as a central reality of creation. Muslim theologians, like the more advanced Christian and Jewish religious thinkers, view God as ineffable; but the primary and overriding tangible characteristic of God in Islam (with the proviso that no tangible characteristics fully express the reality of the one ineffable God) is rahma, or compassion.

The two adjectives Muslims use the most to “describe” God are ar-rahman ar-rahim, usually translated as “the merciful, the compassionate.” (The root of rahma and its cognates derives from the word for “womb,” suggesting that this “compassion” has something in common with the nurturing, all-embracing, unconditional love that mothers feel for their children.)

Additionally, both Buddhism and Islam teach us to transcend or even annihilate the (tribal) ego. Buddhism offers a set of teachings that take its practitioners beyond the ego, which is the source of the endless desire that is the cause of the pervasive suffering or disappointment that characterizes ordinary human existence.

Likewise, Islam teaches its serious practitioners to annihilate the “ego that desires evil” through absolute submission to God. Each religion offers a very similar cure for the unhappiness of the ordinary human condition.

The kind of chest-thumping egotistical nationalism that proclaims “I am a Buddhist, my heroic nation is Buddhist, I am so much better than those non-Buddhists that I must kill them or exile them” is about as far from the compassionate teachings of the Buddha as it is possible to get.

Likewise, extremist Muslims who proclaim that their narrow version of Islam is the only truth, and that everyone who disagrees should be killed, are equally far from the universal, all-compassionate message proclaimed by God through Prophet Muhammad (peace upon him).

Muslims and Buddhists ought to unite against ego-driven nationalist fanaticism, which is an affront to both religious traditions. A good starting point would be joining forces against the genocide in Myanmar. Below are some suggestions for action.

Suggestions for action: 


1. Write and call Myanmar’s government contacts pointing out that every modern nation agrees that anyone born inside a nation, whose parents and ancestors also lived on that territory, is automatically a citizen of that nation and must be protected by that nation’s government.

2. Contact Amnesty International’s International Secretariat and Amnesty International USA to demand that they issue an Appeal for Action to save the Rohingya people.

3. Contact Human Rights Watch to thank them for their attempts to bring attention to the plight of the Rohingya, and ask them to do more.

4. Contact the Center for Justice and Accountability to ask that they seek the prosecution of Myanmar leaders for genocide.

5. Contact The Carter Center to suggest that Jimmy Carter attempt to visit Arakan to bring humanitarian relief and stop the genocide.

6. Contact the Genocide Intervention Network and ask them to accelerate their efforts to stop the genocide in Myanmar.

7. Contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNHCR Refugee Agency, and the UNHCR Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to demand an end to the genocide in Myanmar.

8. Contact your congressional representative and ask him or her to introduce legislation to pressure the Myanmar junta to stop the genocide.

KB/HSN/JR

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host. He is the co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance, and author of the books Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). His website is:

http://www.truthjihad.com.

 

ROHINGYA LINK’S:

Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU)

 

 

 

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Muslims trapped in ghetto after clashes in Myanmar

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In this May 18, 2013 photo, women gather outside a house in Aung Mingalar in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine state, Myanmar. (Photo courtesy Associated Press)
Associated Press, Myanmar

From inside the neighborhood that has become their prison, they can look over the walls and fences and into a living city.

Stores are open out there. Sidewalk restaurants are serving bottles of Mandalay beer. There are no barbed-wire roadblocks marking neighborhood boundaries, no armed policemen guarding checkpoints. In the rest of Sittwe, this city of 200,000 people along Myanmar’s coast, no one pays a bribe to take a sick baby to the doctor.

But here it’s different.

Aung Mingalar is just a few square blocks. You can walk it in 10 minutes, stopping only when you come to the end of the road – 7/8 any road – and a policeman with an assault rifle waves you back inside, back into a maze of shuttered storefronts, unemployment and boredom.

In the evenings, when bats fly through the twilight, the men gather for prayers at Aung Mingalar’s main mosque, the one that wasn’t destroyed in last year’s violence.

Zahad Tuson is among them. He had spent his life pedaling fares around this state capital, a fraying town, built by British colonials, full of bureaucrats and monsoon-battered concrete buildings. Now his bicycle rickshaw sits at home unused. He hasn’t left Aung Mingalar in nearly a year.

“We could go out whenever we wanted!” he says. His voice is a mixture of anger and wonder.

What has caused this place to become a ghetto that no one can leave and few can enter? A basic fact: Aung Mingalar is a Muslim neighborhood.

A year after sectarian violence tore through Myanmar, the fury of religious pogroms has hardened into an officially sanctioned sectarian divide, a foray into apartheid-style policies that has turned Aung Mingalar into a prison for Sittwe’s Muslims and that threatens this country’s fragile transition to democracy.

Muslims, Tuson says, are not welcome in today’s Myanmar.

It’s simple, he says: “They want us gone.”

For generations, Aung Mingalar existed as just another tangle of streets and alleys in the heart of Sittwe. It was a Muslim quarter; everybody knew that. But the distinction seldom meant much.

Until suddenly it meant everything.

Last year, violence twice erupted between two ethnic groups in this part of Myanmar: the Rakhine, who are Buddhist, and a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya. While carnage was widespread on both sides of the religious divide, it was Muslims who suffered most, and who continue to suffer badly more than a year later.

Across Rakhine state, more than 200 people were killed, 70 percent of them Muslim. In Sittwe, where Muslims were once almost half the population, five of the six Muslim neighborhoods were destroyed. Over 135,000 people remain homeless in Rakhine state, the vast majority of them Muslims forced into bamboo refugee camps that smell of dust and wood smoke and too many people living too close together.

The troubles here were, at least initially, driven by ethnicity as much as religion. To the Rakhine, who dominate this state, as well as to Myanmar’s central government, the Rohingya are here illegally, “Bengalis” whose families slipped across the nearby border from what is now Bangladesh.

Historians say Rohingya have been here for centuries, though many did come more recently. Their modern history has been a litany of oppression: the riots of 1942, the mass expulsions of 1978, the citizenship laws of 1982.

What started with the Rohingya has evolved into a broader anti-Muslim movement, helping ignite a series of attacks across Myanmar – from Meikhtila in the country’s center, where Buddhist mobs beat dozens of Muslim students to death in March, to Lashio near the Chinese border, where Buddhist men swarmed through the city burning scores of Muslim-owned stores in May.

The violence is about religion and ethnicity, but also about what happens when decades of military rule begin giving way in the nation once known as Burma, and old political equations are clouded by the complexities of democracy.

In 2010, political change finally came to Myanmar, a profoundly isolated nation long ruled by a series of mysterious generals. Opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house imprisonment. National elections were held. Former political prisoners became politicians.

Amid the tumult – and with the military still wielding immense power behind the scenes – old animosities and new politicians flourished. Ethnic groups formed powerful regional parties. Buddhist nationalists, with a deep-seated suspicion of Muslims, moved from the fringes into the mainstream.

Political frustration fed on economic frustration, with millions of poor rural residents flocking to Myanmar’s cities only to find continued poverty in ever-growing slums. In a country that is about 90 percent Buddhist, Myanmar’s Muslims, who number as little as 4 percent of the population, became political bogeymen.

U Shwe Maung, a top official with the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, the state’s most powerful party, will tell you about the problems with the Rohingya: They have too many children, they are angling for political clout, they claim to be citizens.

“We are not willing to live with them,” the onetime high-school English teacher says in his quiet voice. He’s an avuncular man, friendly and unfailingly polite. “They want to Muslimize this land. They want power.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment has been magnified by an increasingly virulent strain of Buddhist nationalism, as a once-obscure group of monks nurtures populist fears of a growing Muslim threat. Muslims are criminals, they say, a “poison” driving up land prices and pushing aside the Buddhist working class. Crowds pack monasteries and prayer halls to hear the monks’ speeches. Recordings are sold in sidewalk stalls along Myanmar’s streets.

“They will destroy our country, our religion, our people. They will destroy the next-generation Buddhist women, since their aim is to mix their blood with ours,” a popular monk, Ashin Tayzaw Thar Ra, said in a speech earlier this year. “Soon, Buddhists will have to worship in silence and fear.”

In Aung Mingalar, they know all about fear.

The neighborhood is where Maung Than Win once served hundreds of meals a day at the little restaurant his father had opened, and where residents gathered at the Chat Cafe to gossip in the cool of twilight. It is where dozens of boys showed up every day for classes at Hafeez Skee’s Islamic school, but most children attended secular schools.

It was widely seen as the wealthiest of Sittwe’s Muslim neighborhoods, but it was hardly an island of economic isolation. It was a place where day laborers built thatch huts for themselves, and rich businessmen, their fortunes often made on small fleets of wooden fishing boats that troll the Bay of Bengal, built sprawling houses covered in shiny green tiles. A few families farmed gardens of watercress in a swampy area between some of the alleys. The main streets, once brick or cobblestone, had turned to dirt over the years.

“My grandfather was from Aung Mingalar. My father was from Aung Mingalar. I’m from Aung Mingalar,” says Win, his teeth stained red from years of chewing betel nuts. At 32 he has spent nearly his entire life working at his restaurant, the Love Tea Shop. It filled with people every day, particularly after prayers at the mosque. “I just want to stay as long as I can.”

Not that everything was perfect. Buddhist and Muslim residents of Sittwe agree at least on that.

There were fights, though they tended to be just one person against another. In the last sectarian violence, in 2001, only one person died in Sittwe. The last widespread bloodshed was during World War II, when the Rohingya backed the British colonial forces and the Rakhine supported the Japanese. Hundreds of people were killed.

“I had heard about the troubles then,” says Ferus Ahmad, a pharmacist. “We thought something like this could never happen again.”

But it did. It began last year on May 28, with the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by a group of Rohingya men in a village a few hours from here. Days later, a bus carrying Muslim travelers was surrounded by a Buddhist mob and ten Muslims were killed. Five days after that, Rohingya mobs attacked Rakhine near the Bangladesh border. It’s unclear how many people died.

With fear spiraling on both sides, trouble came to Sittwe. Over five days, Rakhine and Rohingya mobs battled one another. By the end, hundreds of Rakhine homes had been destroyed, as had nearly every Rohingya neighborhood. Today, other than Aung Mingalar, Muslim Sittwe is little more than destroyed mosques and once-crowded communities grown over with grass and weeds, completely empty of residents.

During the street battles, the women and children of Aung Mingalar were put into a mosque for safety, while the men protected the neighborhood’s edges. Then something unusual happened: The security forces arrived to help.

Across Myanmar, the army and the police have done little to protect Muslims through a year of violence, and rights groups say they have often joined in the attacks. It’s still unclear why it was different in Aung Mingalar.

But while they arrived as protectors, those soldiers soon became jailers. Today, the security forces enforce the official ghetto. And the dominant story line remains: Not only did Muslims never need protection from Buddhists, but they destroyed their own neighborhoods.

“The Bengalis lit their own houses on fire, because they knew they would get another house” in the refugee camps, says U Win Myaing, the Rakhine state assistant director for communications. “Plus, they thought the fires would spread to Rakhine areas and burn those houses down.”

Increasingly, such stories about Muslims are believed across Myanmar.

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