Tauseef Akbar

Tauseef Akbar
Tauseef Akbar is a Chicago-based writer and activist and has worked with a number of national civil rights organizations. He holds a BA in English with a concentration on Creative Writing and is pursuing his graduate degree in Islamic studies.

On Reading Rushdie and the Satanic Verses

No matter what Rushdie may have been saying about religion and the nature of belief or what he has said since, Mahound was after all just a character in a fiction novel who isn’t even real in the novel but rather the imagining of the feverish dream of a sick mind.

Don’t Be Fooled By Myanmar’s Military, Rohingya Struggle Is Peaceful

Persecuted ethnic minorities within Myanmar have sustained continuous armed resistance against the repressive hegemony of Myanmar’s predominantly Burman ethnic and Buddhist military since the independence of the country from British colonial rule. The Kachin, Karen, and Shan minorities are amongst the dozen ethnic groups that have fought Myanmar for self-determination for over 60 years . In contradistinction to their fellow...

Peoples’ Tribunal Indicts Myanmar Leaders for Genocide Against Rohingya, Atrocities Against Kachin

Viewers from 38 countries, across six continents watched the culmination of the first Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar: a swift indictment against the leaders of Myanmar’s government for the crime of “genocide” against the Rohingya, and atrocity crimes against the Kachin minorities. On the indictment, Dr. Helen Jarvis, formerly of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal related that the panel of judges...

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hearings On Myanmar Crimes Against Rohingya & Kachin

The Rome-based International Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT),will hold hearings in London on March 6-8 at Queen Mary University (LIVE Feed)  where evidence will be presented, and expert testimony heard on crimes committed by the Myanmar (Burma) state against persecuted Rohingya and Kachin minorities.The Tribunal was formed in 1979 as a continuation of the earlier Russell Tribunal II, which held hearings on...

Former Human Rights Watch Researcher Mathieson Discredits Rohingya Journalists and Activists

Former Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher David Scott Mathieson wrote an insidious Op-ed in The New York Times that discredits Rohingya journalists and activists. Mathieson seeks to provide nuance, parse Burma’s complexities and highlight Suu Kyi’s challenges in governing but instead obfuscates a number of basic and critical issues.Killings in 2012 Dismissed as "Communal Violence"The article wrongly describes the...

Suu Kyi Promises To Make “Burma Great Again,” Says Claims Of Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing “Fabrications”

According to Burmese dissident and human rights activist, Dr. Maung Zarni, Aung San Suu Kyi's recent trip to Singapore was marked by one calumny after another. In front of adoring crowds in Singapore Suu Kyi promised followers that she would "make Burma great" again in Asia. She also described ethnic armed groups who refuse to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire...

Violence Against Rohingya Erupts Again in Burma

Just before dawn on Monday, October, 10 three Burmese police outposts in the Maungdaw region of Rakhine state, near the Bangladesh-Burma border, were reportedly attacked by armed men wielding knives, sticks and hammers and purportedly yelling “Rohingya! Rohingya!” Nine police officers were killed in the attacks and a number of weapons and ammunition were looted.Since then videos have circulated...

Burma is Open for Business: On the Back of Genocide and Racism

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and icon of democracy in Burma encounters condemnation in the US from human rights groups and activists everywhere she goes. The reason for this is simple: the image of her as a pure ‘champion of the people’ only lingers in the minds of those who know little about Suu Kyi, “the...

Will New Burma Commission on Rohingya Stop Genocide?

In an move that is cautiously welcomed by Burma human rights organizations, Aung San Suu Kyi announced the creation of an Advisory Commission to find “lasting solutions” to the manifold issues affecting Rakhine State--the most serious being the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims.Much of the coverage of the creation of the commission has focused on the appointment of former UN Secretary-General...

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Forced to Address Rohingya Muslims Issue

In a recent press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Aung San Suu Kyi, was forced to address the Rohingya issue. Up until then she had been conspicuously silent on the matter, her views were ambiguous and punctuated by an advisory sent from the Burmese Foreign Ministry she leads to foreign ambassadors “not to use the term...




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