PhD Candidate Elliott Presse-Freeman’s op-ed addresses on-going ethnic cleansing in Burma

December 4, 2017

Myanmar’s recent ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya people, in which more than 600,000 people have been forced into Bangladesh, has shocked the world. This guest editorial considers some potential root causes driving the violence, principally the combination of economic precarity felt by average Burmese people, affective and participatory deficits within Burma’s current democratic experience, ethno-nationalist mobilizations, and Islamophobia. These factors are combining to produce the Rohingya not only as foreign - not a part of the fabric of the Myanmar nation - but as a threat to that nation worthy of expulsion.

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