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Peace Eludes South Sudan as Rivals Hold Talks

Peace Eludes South Sudan as Rivals Hold Talks Isma'il Kushkush, New York Times 29 June 2015   NAIROBI, Kenya — Even as South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and his longtime rival, the rebel leader Riek Machar, met here at the behest of Kenya’s president to end South Sudan’s civil war, Mr. Machar’s forces captured the strategic city of Malakal. “My two brothers held five hours of face-to-face talks last night, which is important to

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Myanmar Update: Rohingya migrants sentenced to five years
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Migrants sentenced to five years Tin Thein, the Burma Times 26 June 2015     A huge number of Rohingya migrants rescued from the two ships have been sentenced to five years for trafficking Bangladeshis. One source claimed that as many as two hundred boat people will be locked up for five years under the case no 113. The Maungdaw Criminal Court passed the sentences on Thursday. The accused have been transferred to the Buthidaung jail. Families of

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The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth
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The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth Myanmar is pursuing a narrative that rests on dubious evidence. By Elliot Brennan & Christopher O'Hara, The Diplomat 29 June 2015       The firebrand Buddhist monk, U Wirathu, frequently remarks that Islam poses an existential threat to Myanmar. A central tenet of this argument is the citation of one Muslim militant organization, the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO).

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Is Modi’s India Safe for Muslims?
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Is Modi’s India Safe for Muslims? Hindu nationalism is on the rise in the country with the world’s second-largest Muslim population. James Traub, Foreign Policy 29 June 2015   Image: Indian Muslim women clad in hijabs hold up sweets and a portrait of victorious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi on May 16, 2014. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images) [caption id="attachment_14073" align="aligncenter"

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Burundi Holds Elections After Night of Gunfire and Grenade Attacks
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Burundi Holds Elections After Night of Gunfire and Grenade Attacks Marc Santora, The New York times 29 June 2015 Image: Burundians waiting to vote in parliamentary and local elections in Bujumbura, the capital, on Monday.CreditMarco Longari/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images BUJUMBURA, Burundi — After a night filled with gunfire and grenade explosions, polling stations in the capital of this central African nation opened Monday morning to thin

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Darfur: Radio Dabanga News Digest Number 18

Darfur: Radio Dabanga News Digest Number 18 Eric Reeves 28 June 2015   This eighteenth installment of Darfur: Radio Dabanga News Digest has as its primary concerns the growing water crisis throughout Sudan, but hitting Darfur especially hard, and the relentless deterioration of security and humanitarian conditions in Darfur. There are also a number of significant political developments reported, as well as growing civil unrest. The consequences

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South Sudan Update: Khartoum’s Arming of Renegade Rebel Elements

Khartoum’s Arming of Renegade Rebel Elements: A serious threat to peace in South Sudan Eric Reeves 26 June 2015   On June 22, 2015 former Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum flew to Juba; on June 23 he was re-instated by the government as Secretary-General of the SPLM, the dominantly ruling party in the Government of South Sudan. He also promised to make an apology to the people of South Sudan

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China and India Are Sitting Out Rohingya Refugee Crisis
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China and India Are Sitting Out Refugee Crisis Austin Ramzy, The New York Times 28 June 2015 Image: Migrants found at sea were escorted across the Bangladesh border to Rakhine State in Myanmar this month. Persecution has driven thousands from Myanmar. CreditYe Aung Thu/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — When a deadly earthquake rocked Nepal in April, China and India rushed to send relief supplies and search-and-rescue teams.

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Myanmar Update: Rohingya Situation Statement on World Refugee Day

Rohingya Situation Statement on World Refugee Day Australia Burmese Rohingya Organization 19 June 2015 We, Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization (ABRO) would like to raise serious concern over ongoing humanitarian crisis of Rohingya and Kaman of Arakan state. For decades, Rohingyas have been oppressed, victimized, terrorized and forcefully expelled from homelands by the both government authorities and extremist Rakhine people. The campaigns of

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South Sudan Update: ‘There is no more country’
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As South Sudan Crisis Worsens, ‘There Is No More Country’ Marc Santora, New York Times 22 June 2015   MALAKAL, South Sudan — In places where the fighting is fiercest, no one is even attempting to count the dead. Nearly half the population of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, is in danger of going hungry. New atrocities are reported almost every day. And more than 1.5 million people have fled their homes, the vast majority to swampland

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