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The necessity of the moral corporate voice

From a Public Relations perspective, I can’t think of an easier way for a company to show its humanity than by condemning genocide and endorsing recommendations for a peaceful resolution in Myanmar. The United Nations, the official body representing international consensus has already characterised the situation in Rakhine state as a “textbook example of ethnic […]

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Teach a man to fish, then kill him

Something to consider… Oil and gas companies are increasingly interested in exploration off the coast of Rakhine state. Companies like Woodside Energy, Shell, Total, and Chevron are already operating several fields offshore, and are confident that more discoveries are likely following the biggest natural gas discovery of 2016 off the coast of Rakhine. These operations, and the […]

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The role of history in the Rohingya genocide

What this article provide you with: A very good historical background on the ethnic and religious enmities in Myanmar What this article does not do: Refute the argument that economic interests are driving the ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state. There is nothing reductionist about explaining the conflict in terms of economics. If you think it IS reductionist, […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Genocide

On August 25th, 2017, the government of Myanmar launched a large-scale military operation in Rakhine state ostensibly to combat a small group of Rohingya militants.  By all accounts, however, the Rohingya civilian population has suffered what amounts to collective punishment as the army pursues a scorched earth policy throughout the area; burning entire villages, and […]

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Repressive “Peace” and Investor Security in Myanmar

The situation in Rakhine state is deteriorating rapidly and all signs indicate that a new pogrom against the Rohingya is imminent.  United Nations fact-finding investigators have been banned from the country.  The army has deployed heavy artillery, armored cars and helicopters, for “clearance operations”  in Northern Rakhine, and there is speculation that Buddhist civilians will […]