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Carlos Sardiña Galache

Spanish freelance journalist in Southeast Asia.

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Carlos Sardiña Galache

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Inside view of Myanmar’s Rohingya insurgency

“[The mullah] told me I would be branded as a traitor if I refused to join, [that] he would make sure that the community would shun me and that I could even be killed,” he recounted.
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ARAKAN DIVIDED

Ethnic identity determines to a large degree who belongs to the Burmese polity, and the place in it of those who do; some groups are de facto relegated to subordinate positions in a hierarchy dominated by the Bamar majority. But the Rohingya are excluded altogether. Since the late seventies, the government’s policy has been one of containment.
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Rohingya Bear Witness to Brutal Crackdown in Myanmar

Myo Thu Gyi was the first village attacked by the security forces. Until now, the area has been completely closed off to foreign journalists, but TIME was granted a permit to visit Maungdaw independently, the first since the violence began.
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In democratic Myanmar, war wracks Rakhine state

In all likelihood, the attacks were carried out by militants from Rakhine State's mostly stateless Muslim minority, known as the Rohingya. In the aftermath, three districts in the north of the state were declared a "military operations area," and the security forces launched the still ongoing "Operation Backdoor" to hunt down suspected attackers.
Nikkei Asian Review Link to Story
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In Aceh, a warm welcome for refugees in a sea of misery

LANGSA, Indonesia, 15 June 2015 (IRIN) - Nur Yanah can’t hold back the tears when she recalls hundreds of emaciated boat people arriving in her native Aceh province after being rescued by local fishermen in defiance of the government decision to leave them adrift. The new arrivals were Bangladeshis escaping poverty and ethnic Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
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Muslims Arrested for Joining Terror Group That Doesn’t Exist

The administration of President Thein Sein has refused to disclose any evidence the “Myanmar Muslim Army” is real, and this has raised the prospect of the government inventing an Islamic terrorist threat to justify a new front in its longtime persecution of Muslims. All of them were arrested between September and November.
The Intercept Link to Story
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Couple tests limits of Buddhist tolerance in Myanmar

On one side of a checkpoint, he is a Muslim living in a wretched refugee camp. On the other side, he belongs to the majority Buddhist community in northwestern Myanmar's Rakhine State. The checkpoint separates Buddhists and Muslims in a region that erupted in sectarian violence in June 2012, forcing more than 70,000 internally displaced Rohingya Muslims into camps.
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Myanmar's Rohingya face a humanitarian crisis

Sittwe, Myanmar - Ruk and Kun Suma were born five minutes apart on March 27 in a camp for displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State, a northwestern province of Myanmar. Their mother, an emaciated 40-year-old woman named Noor Begun, suffers from tuberculosis and is unable to breastfeed them. The family cannot afford milk either.
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Self-fulfilling lethal prophecies in Myanmar

ARSA and Tatmadaw sleepwalking into self-fulfillment of their worst prophecies.
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Rohingya villagers tell of Myanmar forces’ reprisal killings after insurgents’ deadly attack

Husbands, neighbours, grandsons – police and troops dragged them from their homes in Myo Thu Gyi, Rakhine state, and executed them. All were innocent civilians say witnesses to the killings, revenge for police deaths in a rebel raid
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‘Groupism’ and sectarian violence in Arakan

Journalists and other external observers can have no excuse for uncritically repeating narratives that have contributed to bringing untold devastation to both communities for decades.
Democratic Voice of Burma Link to Story
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A tribute to Benedict Anderson

With the death in December of Benedict Anderson, the world lost a towering figure in studies of the region.
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About

Carlos Sardiña Galache

"A lie ain't a side of a story. It's just a lie."
The Wire.