The dirty fossil fuel secret behind Burma's democratic fairytale | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: South-east Asian country's untapped natural wealth is being opened up, regardless of the environmental and human costs

 

New evidence has emerged that the systematic violence against ethnic Rohingya in Burma - "described as genocidal by some experts" - is being actively supported by state agencies. But the violence's links to the country's ambitions to rapidly expand fossil fuel production, at massive cost to local populations and to the environment, have been largely overlooked.

 

Over 125,000 ethnic Rohingya have been forcibly displaced since waves of violence swept across Burma's Arakan state last year, continuing until now, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch's (HRW) latest sobering report. The "ethnic cleansing" campaign against Arakan's Muslim minority, although instigated largely by... (click title for more)