Rohingya gather for aid handouts of clothing and food on in Tankhali, Bangladesh. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Whitewashing the Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Indian activists hold placards during a protest march against the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya. (Credit: EPA-EFE/Rajat Gupta)

U.N. Human Rights Council Points to Anti-Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

On December 5th, the U.N. Human Rights Council held a Special Session devoted to the conditions of the Rohingya of Myanmar fleeing to Bangladesh. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein highlighted that the Myanmar security forces "deliberately and massively targeted civilians." He added "Can anyone, can anyone, rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"


The Mekong River is Dammed to Die

In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.