US “Investigates” Genocide in Myanmar, Commits Genocide in Yemen

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US “Investigates” Genocide in Myanmar, Commits Genocide in Yemen

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Joseph Thomas – NEO) – Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war on Yemen.

In addition to Washington’s role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically. 

Reuters in their article titled, “U.S. accuses Myanmar military of ‘planned and coordinated’ Rohingya atrocities,” would claim:

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

Reuters admits the US State Department’s report, titled “Documentation of Atrocities in Northern Rakhine State,” was in fact merely interviews conducted with alleged witnesses in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Was it Really an Investigation? 

Imagine a fight breaks out between two groups of people. The police are called in. But instead of arriving at the crime scene, the police instead interview only one group, and do so at their home before drawing their final conclusions. Would anyone honestly call this an “investigation?” The US State Department apparently would, because this is precisely what the State Department has done in regards to ongoing ethnic violence in Myanmar.

The full report, found here on the US State Department’s website, would admit:

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), with funding support from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), conducted a survey in spring 2018 of the firsthand experiences of 1,024 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. The goal of the survey was to document atrocities committed against residents in Burma’s northern Rakhine State during the course of violence in the previous two years.

No physical evidence was collected or presented in the report, because investigators never stepped foot in Myanmar itself where the violence allegedly took place. The report also failed to interview other parties allegedly involved in the violence.

While the witness accounts in the US State Department’s investigation were shocking, had investigators gone to Rakhine state and interviewed locals there, they would have heard similar stories told of Rohingya attacks on Buddhists and Hindus.

Both accounts require further and impartial investigation, however the US State Department, by exclusively interviewing only one party amid multiparty ethnic violence all but ensures nothing resembling a real, impartial investigation ever takes place. This, of course, assumes that the United States has any authority as arbiter in Myanmar’s internal affairs in the first place.

The US State Department investigation follows a similar UN report which mirrored and admittedly used similar claims made by US and European funded fronts posing as “nongovernmental organisations” (NGOs).

Together, these efforts represent a cycle of one-sided propaganda cynically aimed at leveraging ethnic violence within and along Myanmar’s borders to pressure and coerce the government of Myanmar, particularly in regards to its growing ties with China. This is a fact that even Reuters in its article concedes to, albeit buried deep within the body of the text.

Reuters, after describing how the US could use the investigation’s alleged findings to pressure Myanmar, would admit:

Any stiffer measures against Myanmar authorities could be tempered, though, by U.S. concerns about complicating relations between civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the powerful military which might push Myanmar closer to China.

Myanmar, which borders China, seeks like the rest of Southeast Asia, closer ties to Beijing as the region collectively rises economically and politically on the global stage. Attempts by Western capitals to reassert and expand their former colonial influence has manifested itself in political meddling, subversion, the use of ethnic tensions to divide and weaken national unity and even terrorism.

It should be noted that the US and UK’s leveraging of ethnic violence in modern day Myanmar is a continuation of ethnic divisions intentionally cultivated by the British Empire to divide and rule Myanmar when it was a British colony.

It is worth repeating that Channel 4, one of Britain’s own public service broadcasters, in an article titled, “A Brief History of Burma,” aptly described the very source of Myanmar’s current ethnic divisions:

Throughout their Empire the British used a policy called ‘divide and rule’ where they played upon ethnic differences to establish their authority. This policy was applied rigorously in Burma. More than a million Indian and Chinese migrants were brought in to run the country’s affairs and thousands of Indian troops were used to crush Burmese resistance. In addition, hill tribes which had no strong Burmese affiliation, such as the Karen in the south-east, were recruited into ethnic regiments of the colonial army.

The article also admitted:

The British ‘divide and rule’ policy left a legacy of problems for Burma when it regained independence.

Not only has the British “divide and rule” policy left a legacy of problems for Myanmar since gaining its independence, these are problems Washington is now cynically exploiting in its own interpretation of “divide and rule.”

Washington’s Own Role in the Violence Goes Unreported 

Oft omitted in US-European media reports, Aung San Suu Kyi, defacto leader of Myanmar’s government, is the product of decades of US and British political and financial backing. Virtually every aspect of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government including high-level ministers, are the result of US-European training, funding and support.

The government’s minister of information, for example, received US-funded training in neighbouring Thailand before working his way up Aung San Suu Kyi’s US-backed opposition party.

Another aspect omitted by the US-European media is the fact that the most prominent so-called “pro-democracy” leaders supported by Washington, London and Brussels, have openly been involved in calling for, promoting and defending ethnic violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, violence now being leveraged by Washington to place pressure on Myanmar and foil growing ties with China.

This includes NED Democracy Awardee Min Ko Naing who denied the Rohingya as an ethnic group in Myanmar, suggesting they were merely illegal immigrants. It also includes Ko Ko Gyi who openly vowed to take up arms against the Rohingya whom he called “foreign invaders.”

More telling of Washington’s lack of convictions in protecting the Rohingya and instead cynically exploiting Myanmar’s ethnic tensions is the fact that Ko Ko Gyi was invited to speak in Washington D.C. a year after pledging to take up arms against the Rohingya.

It should be pointed out that Ko Ko Gyi’s pro-genocide remarks were made in a US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded publication, The Irrawaddy, and it was the US NED who would invit him to speak in Washington a year later, meaning that those in Washington were well aware of exactly who and what Ko Ko Gyi really was.

Founding member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), U Win Tin, awarded “journalist of the year” by Reporters Without Borders in 2006, would suggest that the Rohingya be interned in camps.

It’s clear that at the very least, it is more than just Myanmar’s military involved in ethnic violence inside Myanmar. It is also clear that the US and its European partners and the virtual army of fronts posing as NGOs have selectively “investigated” and “reported” on Myanmar’s ethnic violence to single out and undermine the military alone, while providing impunity to others involved in the violence including extremists among the Rohingya population itself, as well as anti-Rohingya extremists backed for years by the US government.

The very fact that the US has backed those involved in ethnic violence in Myanmar, and that their role continuously goes unreported in various US government and US-funded NGO investigations illustrates an additional and major crisis of credibility regarding Washington’s self-appointed role as arbiter in Myanmar.

This US strategy of cultivating animosity on all sides, providing impunity to some while singling out others, ensures Myanmar remains divided and weak, while the US and its European partners can pick apart Myanmar’s military and any civilian politicians who refuse to tilt Myanmar away from Beijing, and back toward Anglo-American influence. It is another example of the American-dominated international human rights racket advancing Western interests merely behind pro-human rights rhetoric, often at the cost of undermining real human rights.

While supposed NGOs funded by the US, UK and European nations pose as dedicated to human rights in Myanmar, they are in fact foreign fronts meddling in Myanmar’s internal affairs, and because of the selective nature of their “investigations,” they are in fact enabling those involved in atrocities who are currently in Washington’s, London’s and Brussels’ good graces.

Genocidal Humanitarians? 

The final, and perhaps central reality that exposes the disingenuous and cynical nature of the US State Department’s “investigation” into Myanmar’s violence is the fact that concurrently, the United States is carrying out a war by proxy against the impoverished, war-torn Middle Eastern nation of Yemen.

There, the US has provided its partners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with weapons, intelligence and other forms of direct material support in carrying out the brutal and systematic destruction of the nation’s infrastructure, including the blockading and takeover of ports where essential food, medicine and other necessities are just barely trickling through.

The same UN the US has enlisted to coerce Myanmar’s military, has published far more substantiated claims regarding substantially worse human tolls amid the US proxy war in Yemen. A March 2018 report posted on the UN’s website titled, “UN renews push for political solution as Yemen marks three years of all-out conflict,” would admit that up to 22 million people were in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The report would also note the deaths of thousands of children along with the closure of some 2,500 schools.

Another report, by the UN high commission for human rights, noted that the US proxy war in Yemen has caused over 17,000 civilian casualties defining it in terms dwarfing accusations made by the US State Department regarding Myanmar. The US actively enables atrocities in Yemen while “investigating” atrocities in Myanmar based purely on US geopolitical objectives, not any sort of genuine or even semi-genuine concern for human life.

For the US-UK and European-funded fronts posing as NGOs and meddling in Myanmar under the pretence of defending human rights, the fact that they claim to fight for human rights while being funded by and working for the demonstrably worst human rights abusers on the planet eliminates whatever legitimacy remains after already taking into account their one-sided, bias investigations.

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Western Media’s Provocation against CPEC Represents a New Phase in the Info-war against Sino-Pak Relations

A scandalous article recently published in the London based Financial Times called “Pakistan rethinks its role in Xi’s Belt and Road plan“, insinuated that Pakistan is about to cancel important bilateral projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the new PTI led government of Imran Khan. The report was based on statements from Pakistan’s Adviser for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production, and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood whose Ministry has now fully rejected the article while claiming that the Financial Times took his words completely and intentionally out of context.

According to Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Textile, “The statements attributed to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Textile have been taken out of context and distorted“. The Ministry further said that Pakistan rejects the article entirely “especially the title” while going on to call CPEC a “national priority”.

China likewise refuted the content of the article, describing the FT piece in the following way, “Such ill-intentioned reports based on distorted and misquoted information only demonstrate that the report contributor has total ignorance and neglect of the CPEC or China-Pakistan traditional partnership”.

Infowar against Sin0-Pak RelationsIt is the latter part of the statement which is the most important in the context of the Financial Times article that is clearly part of the wider Sinophobic campaign in western and Indian media which has recently focused on China’s growing partnerships with the developing nations of Africa. But unlike China’s relations with multiple African states, some of whom had few profound contacts with Beijing in the 20th century, China’s relationship with Pakistan is among the most consistent of any neighbourly partnership in the world. Indeed, long before China became a global economic superpower, Beijing and Islamabad had incredibly close relations. The fact that since 1978 China has gone from a nation of overwhelming poverty to a nation about to dethrone the United States as the world’s largest overall economy, yet is still as close with Pakistan as it ever was, is a testament to the fact that the good neighbourly relationship in question has not shifted as so many Cold War era partnerships have radically done and continue to do in the 21st century.

China’s contemporary partnership with Pakistan has grown and developed as both countries have internally grown and developed. While Pakistan’s economic development is at a different stage than China’s, both countries look to pursue the path to a moderately prosperous society with national characteristics. The One Belt–One Road initiative has been a crucial mechanism through which both nations can build upon their traditional partnership to help achieve substantial economic growth on a cooperative win-win basis.

Because of this close and growing partnership, the fact that the Financial Times would attack such a partnership as opposed to the straw man targets that include Sino-Sri Lankan or Sino-Pan African relations,  is indicative of a new level of intensity in the hybrid infowar against China. If one were to compare the anti-Chinese infowar to a traditional military battle, it could be said that the enemy has pivoted away from targeting the nation’s hinterlands and has dropped bombs on the nation’s capital. Because the Sino-Pakistan relationship has led to the development and growth of CPEC and because CPEC is the central artery of One Belt–One Road, a fake news story indicating that CPEC may be stalled is nothing less than an outright provocation designed to sow discord between two of the world’s longest standing allies.

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The ultimate aim of such provocateurs is to isolate China from major east-west trade routes as a “death” of CPEC would mean that with Myanmar in the midst of western provoked conflict and the Strait of Malacca being a de-facto US controlled shipping route – China would effectively be boxed into its own national seas without having an easy route into the Afro-Bengal Ocean.

For Pakistan, the aim of the provocation is to completely isolate the country by cutting off from its economic lifeline to north-east Asia, thus leaving the country surrounded by hostile forces in India and Afghanistan along with a temporarily economically crippled Iran.

The fact that the provocation was placed in a once “respectable” newspaper combined with the fact that the attack on Sino-Pakistan relations is as brazen as it is based on falsehoods is likewise instructive as it indicates that there are no depths to which the western liberal media will not sink in order to attempt and sabotage CPEC. In many ways the Financial Times article in question is even more scandalous than the kinds of things written in Indian media because the staff at the Financial Times would be well aware that due to an unfortunate lingering colonial mentality in south Asia, many Pakistanis would more readily believe a western source than an Indian source even though in the year 2018 they both have near identical agendas.

The conclusion for Pakistanis to reach is that they must be on guard against a perfect storm of anti-Chinese fake news deriving from stories planted by India in Pakistan’s own liberal media as well as stories from western outlets that many Pakistanis still respect. The aim is to isolate Pakistan totally from all of its neighbours and in so doing, leaving the country economically barren and depressed unless Islamabad comes crawling back to a scoffing US on its hands and knees. While Pakistan’s state institutions are well aware of this strategy, the people themselves must be aware of it, as it is the people who are being directly targeted with misinformation which if believed could destroy Pakistan’s best chance of achieving its developmental goals.

Written by Adam Garrie  on 2018-09-12
Source: Eurasia Future

israeli (apartheid state) weapons used in genocide against Rohingya Muslims

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Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh after being persecuted in Myanmar

Israeli weapons are used in the ethnic and religious cleansing carried out by the Myanmar army against the Rohingya minority, resulting in the persecution of 700,000 Muslims who were slaughtered and expelled from their country, ”said Israeli writer and journalist Tsur Shezaf in an article published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Shezaf asserted that “Israel contributed to the grievances of Rohingya Muslims through its refusal to abide by the UN international boycott resolutions to prevent supplying Myanmar with arms.”

He also noted that Israel continues, through its army, security services and military industries, sending various weapons to the Armed Forces of Myanmar, including military technology.

Shezaf added that “Israel and Myanmar have longstanding historical ties, and it is not reasonable that we repeat today the same mistakes that we made in South Africa, during the apartheid regime, with Myanmar which is committing ethnic cleansing crimes. Currently, Israel is contributing to a new tragedy.”

Read: Military intervention to protect the Rohingya still isn’t on the Western agenda

He confirmed that “Israel’s continued support for Myanmar’s actions, through sending arms and military supplies despite the mass killings, property destruction and rapes committed by the Army. This is an unjustifiable imbecility. This will result in the creation of new refugee camps around Myanmar, specifically in Bangladesh, and from there more armed groups will surface.

Shezaf also noted that “the Rohingyas are subjected to systematic deportation and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmarese and Buddhists in the western side of Myanmar. They are forced to stay in refugee camps set up by Bangladesh on small areas, sheltering one million women, toddlers, men, elders and infants.”

He pointed out that some Rohingya women are still having babies as a result of rapes committed by the Myanmar army, police and Buddhist monks.

Shezaf concluded: “Millions live amidst poor environmental circumstances, where they cannot have a minimum of decent living conditions.  Today, after Rohingyas’ lives became almost impossible, the UN woke up and officially declared that Myanmar, including the army, the police as well as the Buddhist establishment and even the Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are all responsible for killing an entire population.”

Genocide: 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month: MSF

6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar only in one month  

A Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf River from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Whaikhyang, on October 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)A Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf River from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Whaikhyang, on October 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority group were killed in state-sponsored violence in Myanmar only in a period of one month beginning on August 25.

The announcement was made by Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym MSF, on Thursday.

“At least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of five years,” the aid group said.

The MSF said the figures had come from six surveys of more than 2,434 households in Rohingya refugee camps and covered a period of one month.

“We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in Bangladesh,” said the group’s medical director, Sidney Wong.

“What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured,” he added.

The MSF said that gunshot wounds had been the cause of death in 69 percent of the cases after Myanmar’s army launched “clearance operations” in Rakhine.

Another nine percent were reported burned alive inside houses, while five percent died from fatal beatings, according to the MSF survey.

The revelation was made as Myanmar’s army has so far denied widespread accounts of violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority and has said that only 400 people died in the first few weeks of a new wave of “security operations” that began on August 25.

Separately on Thursday, Myanmar’s government announced that it had arrested two journalists over accusations of possessing “important secret papers” related to the widespread violence in the country’s western Rakhine State, where the Rohingya are being persecuted.

The Ministry of Information in Myanmar said in a statement that the two journalists, identified as Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, worked for the Reuters news agency and had been detained at a police station on the outskirts of Yangon, the Southeast Asian country’s largest city.

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The reporters “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media,” said the statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the pair in handcuffs.

The ministry said the journalists obtained the information from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine State, adding that the four would face charges under a section of Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

The Reuters news agency said the pair went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet the police officials over dinner.

“Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been reporting on events of global importance in Myanmar, and we learned today that they have been arrested in connection with their work,” Stephen J. Adler, the president and editor-in-chief of Reuters, said in a statement.

“We are outraged by this blatant attack on press freedom. We call for authorities to release them immediately,” he added.

Myanmar has barred foreign groups and reporters from entering Rakhine, which has been under military siege since late last year and where horrific violence is being reported against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought sanctuary in Bangladesh after the military in the mostly-Buddhist Myanmar intensified the crackdown in villages across the northern parts of Rakhine State on August 25, using a number of armed attacks on security checkpoints as a pretext.

A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as she sits in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, on December 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar’s officials use the term “Bengali” to refer to the Rohingya. The group, which has lived in Myanmar for decades, has been denied citizenship in both Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.

During the past three months, government troops, apart from raping, have been committing killings, making arbitrary arrests, and carrying out mass arson of houses in hundreds of predominantly-Rohingya villages in the restive state.

The United Nations has already described the Rohingya as the most persecuted community in the world, calling the situation in Rakhine similar to “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Analysis by Analogy: Myanmar is not Syria

September 27, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Many geopolitical analysts and commentators have noted many worthwhile similarities between the Syrian crisis and the one now unfolding in the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar. However, what is different about these two crises is just as important as what is the same.

The Similarities 

Particular focus has been placed on evidence emerging that US-ally Saudi Arabia is serving as an intermediary fueling militancy in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. The militants, however, consist of a foreign armed, funded, and led cadre, constituting a numerically negligible minority of the Rohingya population they claim to represent, and are in fact no more representative of the Rohingya people than militants of Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” are representative of Syria or Iraq’s Sunni Muslim populations.

While it is crucial to point out the foreign-funded nature of a militancy attempting to co-opt the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, it is equally important to understand precisely where this militancy fits into Saudi Arabia’s and ultimately its American sponsors’ larger plans.

Another similarity pointed out by analysts is the use of US and European-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). These include larger organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as organizations on the ground in Myanmar funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED), its various subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Freedom House, USAID, and Open Society.

These organizations are intentionally seeking to control the narrative, inflame rather than smooth over tensions, and create a pretext for wider and more direct intervention in Myanmar’s expanding crisis by Western nations.

Analysts and commentators, however, cannot stop here. They must commit to equal due diligence in unraveling what stands behind Myanmar’s government – who it was that assisted them into power during the relatively recent 2016 elections, who built up their political networks across the country over the course of several decades, and what role their actions play in Western designs for the nation’s near and intermediate future.

The Differences 

Syria’s government is the creation and perpetuation of localized special interests – backed by various alliances ranging from the former Soviet Union in the past, to Russia, Iran, and to a lesser degree China in present day.

The United States and its Arab partners – particularly Saudi Arabia – have engineered militancy along and within Syria’s borders beginning in 2011 for the explicit purpose of overthrowing Syria’s government and dividing what remains of the nation among proxies and client regimes controlled from Washington, London, and Brussels.

 In Myanmar, while the US and its Saudi partners are apparently fueling militancy among the Rohingya population, it was the US itself who for decades built up the political networks of the current ruling regime, with Aung San Suu Kyi a whole-cloth creation of Western media narratives, immense funding and political support, and a carefully crafted facade to obfuscate from the public for decades the true, nationalist and even genocidal nature of Suu Kyi’s supposedly “Buddhist nationalist” support base.

An extensive 2006 report by Burma Campaign UK titled, “Failing the People of Burma?” (PDF), would reveal how virtually every facet of Myanmar’s current government is a creation of Western political and financial support. (Note: The US and UK still often refer to Myanmar by its British colonial name, “Burma”).

 

Image: Extensive efforts have been made to portray Myanmar’s head of state, Aung San Suu Kyi, as being opposed by ultra-violent nationalist “monks,” and many in the alternative media have wrongly concludes that the US seeks to pressure, even topple Suu Kyi from power. In reality, both Suu Kyi and her violent supporters are creations and a perpetuation of US cash and political support.

The report would lay this out in great detail, stating:

The restoration of democracy in Burma is a priority U.S. policy objective in Southeast Asia. To achieve this objective, the United States has consistently supported democracy activists and their efforts both inside and outside Burma…Addressing these needs requires flexibility and creativity. Despite the challenges that have arisen, United States Embassies Rangoon and Bangkok as well as Consulate General Chiang Mai are fully engaged in pro-democracy efforts. The United States also supports organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute (nb no support given since 2004) and Internews, working inside and outside the region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities. U.S.-based broadcasters supply news and information to the Burmese people, who lack a free press. U.S. programs also fund scholarships for Burmese who represent the future of Burma. The United States is committed to working for a democratic Burma and will continue to employ a variety of tools to assist democracy activists.

The 36-page report would enumerate US and European programs in detail – ranging from the creation and funding of media, to organizing political parties and devising campaign strategies for elections, to even scholarships abroad to indoctrinate an entire class of political proxies to be used well into the future upon transforming the nation into a client state. Virtually every aspect of life in Myanmar was targeted and overturned by Western-backed networks over the course of several decades and an untold amount of foreign-funding.

Similar evidence reveals that many of the so-called “Buddhist” nationalist groups also enjoy a close relationship with US and European interests and that they played a pivotal role in bringing Suu Kyi to power.

Additionally, many in Suu Kyi’s current government are the recipients of US-funded training. Narratives concerning the current Rohingya crisis are being crafted by Suu Kyi’s “Minister of Information,” Pe Myint.

Pe Myint was revealed in a 2016 article in the Myanmar Times titled, “Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet,” to have participated in training funded by the US State Department. The article would report (emphasis added):

Formerly a doctor with a degree from the Institute of Medicine, U Pe Myint changed careers after 11 years and received training as a journalist at the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation in Bangkok. He then embarked on a career as a writer, penning dozens of novels. He participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1998, and was also editor-in-chief of The People’s Age Journal. He was born in Rakhine State in 1949.

The Indochina Media Memorial Foundation is revealed in a US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as fully funded by the US State Department through various and familiar intermediaries. The cable titled, “An Overview of Northern Thailand-Based Burmese Media Orgranizations.” would explicitly state (emphasis added):

Other organizations, some with a scope beyond Burma, also add to the educational opportunities for Burmese journalists. The Chiang Mai-based Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, for instance, last year completed training courses for Southeast Asian reporters that included Burmese participants. Major funders for journalism training programs in the region include the NED, Open Society Institute (OSI), and several European governments and charities.

Many of those among Myanmar-based US-funded “NGOs” apparently opposing Suu Kyi’s government are in fact alumni of the same US-funded programs as many members of the current government.

In essence, the primary difference between Myanmar and Syria is that while in Syria the US is fueling militancy to topple a government beyond its reach and influence, in Myanmar, the US is manipulating the entire nation via two vectors its controls entirely – a militancy it is growing on one side, and a political establishment it has created from whole-cloth on the other.

Moving Beyond Analysis by Analogy

Helping readers understand various aspects of the current crisis in Myanmar by comparing it to various aspects of Syria’s ongoing conflict can be instructive. However, drawing entire conclusions about the implications of the Myanmar conflict by simply assuming it is repeat of Western efforts in Syria is fundamentally flawed.

While the US seeks to divide and destroy the entire state of Syria, its efforts in Myanmar are concentrated to the western state of Rakhine with little possibility of spreading because of Myanmar’s demographics.

This is also precisely where China has invested deeply in its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, with a seaport in Sittwe, central Rakhine, and road, rail, and pipeline projects slated to expand onward toward China’s border and eventually Kunming.

Opposition in the form of local NGOs underwritten by US State Department cash, or violence covertly backed by the US and its intermediaries, have attempted to systematically disrupt Chinese infrastructure projects around the globe, including in Myanmar. Chinese-built dams in Myanmar are opposed by networks of US-funded NGOs, militant groups accused of receiving US backing have attacked Chinese projects throughout the nation, and the current conflict in Rakhine fueled on both sides by the US threaten to not only derail Chinese projects there, but may even serve as a pretext for positioning Western forces inside Myanmar – a nation that directly borders China.

Placing American forces – in any capacity – along China’s borders has been a long-term stated goal of US policymakers for decades. From the Vietnam War-era Pentagon Papers to the 2000 Project for a New American Century report, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “Pivot to Asia” policy, a singular theme of encircling and containing China either with client states obedient to Washington, or chaos all along China’s peripheries has prevailed.

It is clear that American designs in Syria and Myanmar employ similar networks and tactics and that both conflicts fit into a larger, global strategy. There are undoubtedly familiar themes emerging from both conflicts. However, what is different about Syria and Myanmar’s conflicts is just as important.

Analysts and commentators must account for the decades of US and European funding that placed the current government of Myanmar into power. They must account for the surgical nature of destabilization confined to Myanmar’s Rakhine state versus the full-spectrum destabilization being fueled in Syria. They must also identify the motives underpinning US designs in Myanmar.

Simply assuming that a US-Saudi-backed militancy exists to topple a government rather than grease the wheels for another, more indirect objective – one that perhaps even aims at preserving Myanmar’s current government rather than toppling it by pinning blame on the nation’s still powerful and independent military – will only aid rather than impede injustice. Analogies drawn from two different conflicts are only helpful in simplifying explanations and conclusions analysis by deep research have already arrived at.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.

israel refuses to stop arms sales to Myanmar despite Rohingya massacre

Israel won’t stop selling munitions to Myanmar

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food to be distributed by the Bangladeshi army at Balukhali refugee camp near Gumdhum on September 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food to be distributed by the Bangladeshi army at Balukhali refugee camp near Gumdhum on September 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Israeli regime will not put an end to its sale of ammunition to Myanmar in light of incontrovertible evidence and United Nations data that the Southeast Asian nation’s military has perpetrated various forms of atrocities, including systematic rape and expulsions, against Rohingya Muslims.

English-language Haaretz daily newspaper reported that a group of human rights activists had filed a petition in the so-called High Court of Justice, demanding an end to the arms sales.

Senior Israeli official Shosh Shmueli, in return, said the court should not interfere in Israel’s foreign relations.

Shmueli’s comments came as Israeli arms companies have sold more than 100 battle tanks, as well as patrol boats and light weapons to the Burmese military in recent years.

Meanwhile, TAR Ideal Concepts has trained Burmese special forces in Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine, where a wave of serious communal violence continues unabated.

The Tel Aviv-based company posted pictures on its website in August last year, showing its staff training Myanmar’s forces on combat tactics and how to handle weapons.

The High Court of Justice was set to rule on the petition filed by Eitay Mack along with 10 other activists later on Wednesday.

The judges hearing the case – Yoram Danziger, Anat Baron and David Mintz – issued a gag order on Tuesday regarding the court’s decision on the Myanmar arms sales controversy. The measure was adopted at the request of the Israeli regime.

Rohingya Muslim refugees carry food distributed by the Bangladeshi army at Balukhali refugee camp near Gumdhum on September 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar’s forces have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages in Rakhine since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August 25, following a number of armed attacks on police and military posts in the troubled western state.

The government of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has snubbed and obstructed UN officials who have sought to investigate the situation. The government has prevented aid agencies from delivering food, water and medicines to the refugees.

Suu Kyi has also rejected UN accusations that Myanmar’s forces are engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

Considering Suu Kyi’s reputation for micromanagement, political analysts say it seems unlikely that the ongoing violence is taking place without her approval.

In early September, peace activists launched an international campaign calling on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to take back its 1991 prize to Suu Kyi over her complicity in what is viewed as the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

 

موسم الهجرة الى خليج البنغال الأميركيون يحشدون والسعوديون ينفّذون وكردستان حصان طروادة

سبتمبر 23, 2017

محمد صادق الحسيني

لعلّ من المفيد التذكير بأنّ للمذابح التي يتعرّض لها مسلمو الروهينغا في ميانمار بورما منذ أواسط شهر آب 2017 وحتى الآن هي مذابح مدبّرة من الولايات المتحدة وشركائها الآخرين في حلف الناتو وباستخدام عملائهم من أعراب شبه الجزيرة العربية وغيرها. وكذلك بالتآمر مع جهات أمنية وعسكرية معينة في دول إسلامية وغير إسلامية في آسيا.

كما أنّ من الضروري الإشارة إلى أنّ مشكلة المسلمين الروهينغا قد نشأت في بورما منذ بدء الاستعمار البريطاني لهذا البلد سنة 1824، اذ شرع البريطانيون في استجلاب المسلمين من الروهينغا واستخدامهم كعبيد لخدمة المصالح البريطانية في بورما، خاصة أنّ أكثر من حرب كانت قد اندلعت بين أهل البلاد الأصليين وقوات الاحتلال البريطاني، علماً أنّ سكان الروهينغا البورميين هم من قومية الروهينغا التي تعيش في ما يعرف اليوم بجمهورية بنغلادش، والتي كانت جزءاً من شبه القارة الهندية المستعمرة من بريطانيا العظمى.

ونظراً لكون هؤلاء المستجلبين عنوة كانوا من المسلمين في الوقت الذي تدين فيه أغلبية سكان بورما الأصليين بالبوذية، ومن خلال تغذية المستعمرين البريطانيين للخلافات بين أتباع الديانتين فقد تبلورت مشكلة الروهينغا في تلك البلاد منذ بدايات عصر الاستعمار. وقد حصلت مذابح عديدة متبادلة بين الطرفين والتي من أشهرها مذابح سنة 1946 عندما قتل عشرين ألف بوذي وأربعة آلاف مسلم خلال موجة من العنف الطائفي، وعلى مرأى من قوات الاحتلال البريطانية

التي لم تحرّك ساكناً لوقف تلك المذابح.

وهنا نودّ أن نؤكد على انّ الهدف من وراء إطلاق العنان لموجة المذابح الحاليّة على يد قوات السلطة المركزية البورمية القمعية العميلة، ليست سوى عمليات قتل مخطط لها من المخابرات المركزية الأميركية ودوائر حلف الناتو تمهيداً لخلق الظروف الملائمة لتدخل عسكري أميركي وغربي في إطار استكمال عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي ضدّ الجناح الآسيوي من الحلف المعادي للهيمنة الأحادية القطبية على العالم ، أيّ الحشد ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران.

وفي هذا الإطار فقد قامت تلك الدوائر، كما تؤكد مصادر رصدنا بالخطوات العملية التالية ضمن تنفيذ تلك الخطط:

أولاً: قامت غرفة العمليات الأميركية في بغداد، ومنذ بدء عملية تحرير مدينة الموصل، بإخلاء ألفين وستمئة وأربعة وثلاثين فرداً من عصابات داعش، وعلى دفعات إلى مناطق سيطرة قوات «الهاغاناه» الكردية، وهم القسم «الإسرائيلي» من قوات البيشمركة، ومن هناك إلى نقاط تجميع داخل قواعد القوات الكردية العاملة تحت النفوذ الأميركي.

ثانياً: بدأت غرفة العمليات الأميركية المشار اليها أعلاه، وهي مسؤولة عن إدارة العمليات في العراق وسورية معاً، ومنذ أن حرّر الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه مدينة السخنة، بإجلاء قيادات داعش اولاً ومن ثم عناصرها من مدينة دير الزُّور وأريافها من خلال مسارين:

الأول براً عبر الآليات العسكرية الموجودة بحوزة مسلحي داعش.

الثاني من خلال المروحيات الأميركية إلى قاعدة الرميلان في ريف الحسكة، ومن هناك إلى قواعد البيشمركة في كردستان العراق.

وقد بلغ مجموع من تمّ نقلهم إلى كردستان من سورية تسعمئة وستة وثمانون فرداً.

ثالثاً: تمّ حتى الآن نقل ألفين وثلاثمئة وستة عشر فرداً من فلول داعش، الذين تمّ تجميعهم في كردستان العراق، وعبر مطار أربيل، الى كلّ من ماليزيا وإندونيسيا وسنغافورة ليتمّ تسريبهم من هناك إلى ميانمار كي يتمّ ضمّهم الى ما يُسمّى جيش «أراكان» لإنقاذ الروهينغا والذي تديره غرفة عمليات سعودية مقرّها مكة المكرمة. وتضمّ هذه الغرفة عشرين قيادياً من قيادات مسلحي الروهينغا في ميانمار والذين يتزعّمهم المدعو حافظ طهار. وهو موجود داخل ميانمار في الوقت الراهن ويقود العمليات المسلحة ضدّ قوات الحكومة المركزية القمعية العميلة في بورما.

وعلى الرغم من الأرضية المتوفرة دائماً لنشوء الأزمات بين المسلمين والسلطات البورمية، فإنّ هذه الموجة هي موجة مبرمجة ويجري الإعداد لها منذ أن كان حافظ طهار في السعودية عام 2012. وقد تمّ وضع اللبنات الأولى، لما نراه حالياً من مذابح هناك، على يد بندر بن سلطان ومجموعة من ضباط المخابرات المركزية الأميركية في جدة. إذ إنّ قرار تشكيل جيش «أراكان» قد اتخذ آنذاك من قبل المذكورين أعلاه، في حين أنّ حافظ طهار قد توجه في الربع الأخير من العام الآنف الذكر إلى ميانمار عن طريق بنغلاديش.

رابعاً: وضمن الجهود الأميركية الرامية إلى تعزيز وجود القوى المرتبطة بداعش في ميانمار وبهدف تصعيد المواجهة العسكرية بين جيش أراكان والقوات الحكومية البورمية، فقط قامت غرفة العمليات الموجودة في مكة والمُشار اليها أعلاه بنقل ثلاثمئة وأربعة وتسعين فرداً، من المرتبطين مع داعش، من ماليزيا إلى داخل ميانمار وبالتعاون مع جهات أمنية معينة داخل الحكومه الماليزية.

علماً أنّ نائب رئيس شرطة مكافحة الإرهاب في ماليزيا، أيوب خان ميدين، يمتلك كافة التفاصيل المتعلقة بعمليات التسريب التي تتمّ من ماليزيا.

خامساً: أقيم معسكر أو نقطة تجميع لعناصر داعش، التي يتمّ إخلاؤها من العراق وسورية، في ضواحي مدينة كراتشي تحت إدارة سعودية باكستانية مشتركة الاستخبارات العسكرية . وتتمثل مهمة هذا المعسكر في تدريب القادمين وتأهيلهم للمهمات التي سيكلفون بها مستقبلاً في ميانمار. أيّ أنّ هذا المعسكر هو قاعدة إمداد خلفية لداعش في ميانمار.

سادساً: تمّ تكليف ثلاثة من قيادة جيش اراكان لإنقاذ الروهينغا، بالإضافة إلى أربعة ضباط استخبارات سعوديين، بالانتقال إلى كوالالمبور ماليزيا لتنسيق عمليات تسريب عناصر داعش إلى ميانمار عبر مسالك مختلفة، أهمّها يمرّ من جنوب شرق بنغلادش، حيث أقيمت غرفة عمليات سرية لجيش أراكان لإنقاذ الروهينغا في ضواحي مدينة كوكس بازار البنغالية.

سابعاً: تمّ اعتماد مطار أربيل كنقطة انطلاق لعناصر داعش كافة الذين يتمّ إخلاؤهم من جبهات القتال في سورية والعراق والذين يتمّ توزيعهم على نقاط الارتكاز في كلّ من باكستان، بنغلادش، ماليزيا والصومال.

كما تمّ تكليف السعودية بتمويل كافة العمليات اللوجستية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والنقل إلى نقاط قريبة من ميانمار. وقد تمّ تدشين غرفة عمليات سعودية أميركية، بمشاركة خمسة ضباط أمن أكراد، مقرّها أربيل لإدارة هذه العملية التي تتوقع مصادر أميركية متابعة استمرارها لسنوات عدة.

علماً انّ زيارة الوزير السعودي ثامر السبهان الأخيرة لمسعود البرزاني أواسط شهر أيلول الحالي في أربيل، قد تركزت فقط على ترتيبات عمليات نقل قوات داعش شرقاً لتوسيع رقعة الاشتباكات مع قوات الأمن البورمية، تمهيداً لزجّ مسلمي الصين في تلك العمليات العسكرية، بهدف إنشاء قاعدة انطلاق لعمليات داعش في الصين مشابهة لما كان عليه الوضع في قاطع حمص/ القصيْر الذي استخدم كقاعدة انطلاق باتجاه الغوطة الشرقية ووادي بردى، وكذلك باتجاه حمص – تدمر. أيّ لتوسيع دائرة الحرب وتفجير الأوضاع الداخلية في الصين من أجل تأمين ظروف أكثر ملاءمة لتصعيد عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الأميركي ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران. وليس قرار إرسال ثلاثة آلاف جندي أميركي إلى أفغانستان أخيراً، إلا خطوة لتعزيز جهود العدوان الذي يجري الإعداد له من قبل الولايات المتحدة وشركائها في الناتو.

تجدر الإشارة إلى أنّ إقليم شينغيانغ المحاذي لمنطقة النزاع البورمي الروهينغي يعوم على احتياطي استراتيجي مهمّ من النفط والغاز واليورانيوم، كما أنه الإقليم الذي تمرّ عبره طريق الحرير الذي أطلقته الحكومة الصينية كمبادرة عالمية لتنمية التعاون مع آسيا المركزية والقوقاز وغرب آسيا. هذا كما يمرّ منه أحد أهمّ أنابيب النفط الصينية التي أحدثتها الحكومة الصينية هناك للالتفاف على خليج مالاقا والتهرّب من سنغافورة التي تسيطر عليها المظلة الأمنية الأميركية.

يبقى أنّ الكاوبوي الأبله الأميركي الذي يحاول محاكاة عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الحالية بعمليات الحشد ضدّ الاتحاد السوفياتي في مرحلة أفغانستان ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، انطلاقاً من ميانمار ضدّ الصين نسي انه اليوم هو مَن يغرق في مستنقع حروب سورية والعراق واليمن وأفغانستان وأنه هو الذي يخرج منها منكسراً ذليلاً وخائفاً يترقب نتائج حرب العلمين السورية العراقية وأسطورة الصبر الاستراتيجي اليمني، والصين التي يظنّها فريسة سهلة لهذا المخطط هي اليوم مَن يعتلي عرش العالم مع روسيا بفضل صمود وانتصارات محور المقاومة الصاعد إلى عرش السماء والذي نقل عملياً مركز ثقل العالم من الغرب إلى الشرق…!

وبالتالي، فإنّ الزمن ليس زمن الحرب الباردة مع السوفيات أبداً، وأنّ هذا المحور العظيم الذي بات ممتداً من موسكو إلى غزة ليس فقط لن يسمح لأمثال الكانكستر الأميركي الاقتراب من سور الصين العظيم ، بل وسيجعله قريباً وقريباً جداً يجثو على ركبتيه طالباً تأشيرة مرور على طريق الحرير الجديد الممتدّ من شانغهاي إلى بيروت بدمغة شامية.

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…

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