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Mediacide in Myanmar: Militant Buddhism's toll on Rohingya Muslims

It's Time We Ask, why is this being allowed in Burma?

People are dying silently in Myanmar
People are dying silently in Myanmar and the west is refuses to pay attention. The situation tears at the hearts of Human Rights activists who are sick of the killing.

(SALEM) - The Genocidal patterns of militant Buddhists are increasingly claiming large swaths of humanity, sweeping remains into unmarked mass graves. We're familiar with the term 'Democide' in reference to today's brand of western diplomacy; which involves smashing people like Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Libyans and Syrians to smithereens. Now we're confronted with Mediacide which war criminals love and embrace. They kill innocent people and the American 'news media' keeps its mouth shut, thus allowing the acts to take place; hence 'mediacide'.

An international truce monitor examines the
bodies of two youth abducted in the Sri Lanka
Army-controlled area. Photo TamilNet

Three years ago, it was Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus and Christians; 160,000 people were murdered and disappeared while the U.S. government, which knew what was taking place, tragically remained silent and only tried to resolve the crisis through diplomatic back channels with the Sri Lanka Sinhalese Buddhist government which miserably failed. We wouldn't even know that if it weren't for Wikileaks.

Now it is the Rohingya Muslim's turn to die at the hand of Buddhist religious extremists in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a place of long simmering ethnic tension.

In this case it is the Rakhine Buddhists doing the killing. Local sources say there are not two groups fighting in the Rakhine State; armed and well trained Rakhines are killing unarmed Rohingya and that is it.

Critics of American silence are registering their complaints loudly in press all over the eastern world, though Americans are hearing next to nothing and most don't even know what it is they are ignoring. That is the power of western media- or a lack of it as the case may be, and I hope that it leads to media groups themselves being at the center of the protests. They are failing in America. Genocide is the worst human crime possible.

Advocates of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma see the power of the west as complicit in the slaughter. After all, it is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama who are normalizing relations with this country without insisting that years of Human Rights violations are addressed. We lamented this at the time of Clinton's recent visit and now we are watching the Rohingya Muslims die as a result of the American desire to do business but not fix humanity. The western journalists' lack of criticism is unnerving to say the least.

Those watching this political silence should note that the Sri Lankan Genocide of Tamils went from being ignored, to becoming the subject of a set of extremely powerful documentaries produced by Channel 4 in the UK titled, 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' which blew the lid off of the Government of Sri Lanka's (GoSL) attempt to keep their dirty deeds; war crimes and crimes against humanity, hidden from view.

Salem-News.com is one of, if not the only western news organizations to heavily publicize the photos and videos of the slaughter of Tamils before the Channel 4 documentaries were released. The stories receive considerable traffic every day; even those from 2010 and before. Since the terrible acts of the GoSL were exposed, the country has been taken to war crime court in Geneva. The pressure is not going away, only building, and it has only grown with intensity and this will happen with the Rohingya Muslims too, even if it takes time and more people have to suffer and die first.

When it does happen, Americans will issue statements about how tragic it all is and yet their silence will be the reason it was allowed to go so far out of control.

What the World is Saying



In Sarajevo, Bosnia - Nasmiya Bokova, journalist and deputy chief editor of Muslimanka magazine, criticized the United States and its Western allies for not responding to the massacre of Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar. As a country who claims to human rights defenders, Bokova says the attitude of the U.S. and Western countries is astounding.

"It was shocking that Western countries, particularly the United States, which claims to fight for human rights does not react to these events," Bokova said in an interview with IRNA in Moscow.

We published the words of Aung Aung Oo early this morning, who is a Rohingya Muslim in Burma with big questions for U.S. policy makers:

    "Why are you keeping silent? You entered Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places without a UN resolution, why don’t you want to interfere in the Arakan State? Shall I accuse you of a double standard?"

More poignant and biting, was the comment:

    Three of my friends had been trying to take photos and they got some which were sent to international media, after then all of my friends lost their lives, even I don’t know how they were killed.

On 27 July 2012, MuslimMatters.org wrote:

    Considering how little the American media, and to only a slightly lesser extent their international counterparts, have covered this latest outbreak of violence between Buddhist nationalists and minority Rohingya Muslims, you are squarely in the majority if you have no idea that dozens have been butchered and hundreds have attempted (unsuccessfully) to flee their homeland.

    All while the world remains silent.

The only problem with that may be that the numbers of dead have reached well into the thousands according to many local sources we are in contact with, but media access is zero.

Without addressing Burma specifically, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times this week that calls attention to the lackadaisical position the United States has taken with respect to Human Rights:

    While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.

    The declaration has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”


Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Al Franken and Tim King in Afghanistan

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.

He holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.

Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu, India.

The notorious list comprising Tim's ancestors includes Pedro de Alvarado, the lieutenant of Hernando Cortez of Spain; King Phillip IV, Eleanor of Aquitaine and William the Conqueror. Perhaps most interestingly, King John; the dark force in the story Robin Hood, and also the last Spanish governor of California, a real person fictionalized as the arch rival of the character in Zorro, are in reality both Tim's multiple-great grandfathers.

Tim at his family ranch in Chino, California.

Others include a Confederate officer in the U.S. Civil War and a decorated 'hero' of the Mexican-American War and the so-called 'Indian Wars'. In fact on the east coast, Tim's lineage with the Slaughter and King families, pre-dates the Mayflower and several members of his family were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He says his family's past; some of which is very dark; some quite chivalrous, presents a certain responsibility, and that in part drives his desire to see that people in today's world are not exploited or allowed to suffer in silence as victims of Human Rights violations, as people of previous times were.

In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: tim@salem-news.com. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)

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human October 26, 2012 7:41 pm (Pacific time)

Editor: came through blank, feel free to try again, if you have links you can email your comment, thanks!


Pyaesone See August 15, 2012 9:57 pm (Pacific time)

Tim King,to be a good photo-reporter or just a writer; make sure what your posting by your name and make sure the alibe those photo you.took yourself.:)) And Make sure you know about the current news at least 20%.Please note down that you are a little bit far to state AN EDITOR on your profile.OK?https://bdcburma.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/so-called-rohingya-bengali-extremist-terrorist-islamists-propaganda-with-fake-photos/.I'll come back to you with more fake photos clarification.

Tim King: I am aware that some of the photos are being misrepresented, we are being careful with regard to this.


DANI August 12, 2012 12:07 am (Pacific time)

i hate the policy of USA & total media of the world print & electrnic Media which were silent of this event and i hate Buddhist extremist and where is the human rights org. who claim for human rights (USA) are they sleeping.


mohammad mujeeb August 11, 2012 9:20 pm (Pacific time)

this is for burma's budhist
i m muslim and i love all muslims in the world. i m not terrorist but i have pain in my heart for burmas muslim..so i have to say this.
you all budhist dont worry
you dont know who is muslim.
we will take revange very soon from you.
you will be killed one by one very soon.......insha allah

Editor: I hope people see the level of anger emanating from these bloody killings in Burma, the Buddhist friendly media has been playing the story only for the benefit of their own culture and Muslims are not being afforded their Human Rights as called for by international law.  I hate reading the above, I want nobody to die, but how does this Rakhine Buddhist population get away with it?  What is going on?    


Sk. Irfan August 11, 2012 5:29 am (Pacific time)

Jab kohi muslim julm karta hain to wo julm hain(Atangvaad), mager jab kohi non-muslim julm karta hain to kohi kuch nahi bol raha hain. Insan-ni-yat bhi kuch hota hain.


Wantarnu August 11, 2012 1:43 am (Pacific time)

genocide in Rakhine state is really a rumour.but it is a good propagenda of exile Bingalis to the world.
don't believe what u just hear,u need to go over wisely.

Editor: So give me an update from where you are... Sri Lanka said the same thing and when it was over there was 160k less people, I have no faith to believe this is not taking place, I know people are scared, I know people who have lost friends.


kyaw mya August 11, 2012 1:48 am (Pacific time)

what genocide in Myanmar? I don't know.I live in Rakhine state.


Persides August 10, 2012 9:03 pm (Pacific time)

Real crimnal Mohammed Prophet. He married a 9 year old girl that is why Bangladesh government unable to ban child marriages. Mullah's cant let any conduct of Mohammed be seen as illegal. Noe this trains and trains of babies these illeterates have are spreading all around the borders of Bangladesh because their on country is more then 5 times overpopulated then what it can sustain. These people have freated havoc in Bengal, assam, Manipur, tripura everywhere. The world media and Islamic intelligensia should wake up to the fact of extreme population and resource crunch in third world countries. Or may be Islam wants to rule the world by shear population explosion and pushing the rest of civilization to extinction.


IRSHAD HUSSAIN August 10, 2012 3:27 am (Pacific time)

insha allah imame hussain ki karam se zalimo ka khatma hoga aur mai un logo pe lanat bhejta hu jo gareebo pe zulm karte hai


jowena August 10, 2012 3:18 am (Pacific time)

What Genocide in Myanmar! We all people all over the world know that Muslim people are terrorists. In most of Muslim country killing each other. Now in Myanmar , Muslim Bangali people are trying to take the land from Myanmar. No way , They can't get it.

Editor: I hope you live to experience the type of bigotry that you put out.  Anyone who judges a group of people that way has nothing coming, and is operating out of either ignorance, or much worse...


hamza August 9, 2012 10:02 pm (Pacific time)

Where is social media and UN are they sleeping


zahra August 9, 2012 2:45 pm (Pacific time)

where is human right in burma? ... i am muslim and love other muslims in all countries. who are you...?! an american? an english man? or boodaism...?!


Takahashi August 9, 2012 1:31 am (Pacific time)

This is not happened Buddhist and Muslim in Rakhine State. The truth is conflict between Rohingya intruders and native Rakhine people because of some muslim guys raped the Rakhine girl. Please mind the Media Ethic and avoid bias.Thank you.

Editor: Do you realize what you are saying?  Everyone knows about the allegation of rape, that is terrible, but no excuse for mass murder campaigns.  


SIDDIQUI August 9, 2012 4:49 am (Pacific time)

WATS THIS GONING ON PLZ HELP THEM.........


Aseon August 9, 2012 12:08 am (Pacific time)

Photos are fake and have nothing to do with Myanmar. The last 3 are from Myanmar but show dead Rakhines, not Rohingya. You can tell by their longyi..

Tim King: No they are not as far as we can tell, and your words sound oddly similar to the Government of Sri Lanka when we exposed their war crimes.  The photos are real.

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