ARNO Press release: The NLD Government embarks on Islamophobia, no change of attitude towards Muslims

Arakan Rohingya National Organization
Arakan, Burma

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Press release

April 6, 2016

The NLD Government embarks on Islamophobia

no change of attitude towards Muslims

We at Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) have strongly condemned the NLD Religious Affairs Minister Thura U Aung Ko for making an unprincipled statement that Buddhists were full citizens and the majority of Myanmar’s Muslims were “associate citizens,” implying that those who practice Islam are classified as partial citizens or foreigners.
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Arakan Before 1000 AD

By Aman Ullah

The earliest name of Arakan was ‘Kala Mukha’ (Land of the Black Faces) writes Noel Francis Singer in his book ‘Vaishali and the Indianization of Arakan’. It was inhabited by these dark brown-colored Indians who had much in common with the people (today’s Bangladeshis, or more particularly Chittagonians) living on the north-western side of the Naaf River, along the adjoining coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal. The resemblance was not limited to physical features like skin color, shape of head and nose alone, but also in shared culture and beliefs.
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When hatred becomes extreme

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, wrote, “When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming… The mass media and the military-industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way… We need the courage to express ourselves even when the majority is going in the opposite direction… because a change of direction can happen only when there is a collective awakening… Therefore, it is very important to say, ‘I am here!’ to those who share the same kind of insight.” [The Art of Power] Continue reading “When hatred becomes extreme”