Burma on the brink: China-backed junta backed into corner

Burma on the brink: China-backed junta backed into corner

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler As events in Burma, aka Myanmar, continue to spiral into a dangerous descent of bloody civil conflict this strategic Southeast Asian nation has nearly reached a tipping point. Diplomacy is needed to defuse the crisis before it spins out of control with unpredictable consequences. Amid this sense of […]

Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler More than a month after the military overthrew Burma’s elected government, the situation in the South East Asian country aka Myanmar remains “fragile and fluid,” according to the UN’s  Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener. Addressing a General Assembly session on the percolating political and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, […]

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Burma’s military coup d’etat overthrowing the democratically elected government has provided the stage for a new morality play in Southeast Asia. We already know the players. On the one side we see the seemingly virtuous young democracy led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate being pushed aside by […]

Burma-China ties flourish as World Court issues ruling

Burma-China ties flourish as World Court issues ruling

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid deepening political and economic ties between Burma and China, the Southeast Asian state is being fully integrated into Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, emerging as a transportation hub and military asset.  Yet at the same time, while Beijing’s leader Xi Jinping made a high […]

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly gloomy presentation, UN human rights experts reviewed the situation in Myanmar/aka Burma, the Southeast Asian country where the government  continues to persecute, harass and eliminate members of minority religious groups, especially the Muslim Rohingya. An already bad human rights situation deteriorated two […]

‘Crimes against humanity’ under Buddhist Burma’s generals and peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi

‘Crimes against humanity’ under Buddhist Burma’s generals and peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Burma’s human rights situation is deteriorating despite consistent pressures by the United States and the wider international community to stem the humanitarian crisis. In a rare address before the Security Council, Marzuki Darusman, human rights Rapporteur for Burma, aka Myanmar, presented a report which details […]

World turns blind eye to ‘world’s worst humanitarian’ crisis in China-backed Burma

World turns blind eye to ‘world’s worst humanitarian’ crisis in China-backed Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A “climate of fear and persecution” face Burma’s minority Rohingya population as a year of unrelenting human rights abuses and forced expulsions continue by the country’s Beijing-backed military rulers. As UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told a stunned Security Council meeting, “The massive refugee emergency […]

China imprisons North Carolina missionary working with ethnic group in Burma

China imprisons North Carolina missionary working with ethnic group in Burma

by WorldTribune Staff, July 3, 2018 A group of U.S. lawmakers are calling on China to release a Christian minister from North Carolina who has been sentenced to seven years in prison in China for allegedly organizing illegal border crossings into Burma. Pastor John Cao, who is of Chinese origin, built 16 schools that serve […]

State Dept. report hits plight of political prisoners in N. Korea, Muslim minorities in China, Burma

State Dept. report hits plight of political prisoners in N. Korea, Muslim minorities in China, Burma

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2018 North Korea is holding up to 120,000 political prisoners while China and Burma continue to crack down on and often brutalize religious minorities, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report on religious freedom. Despite North Korea’s constitutional guarantee of “the right to faith” of its citizens, a […]

China blocks UN solution for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

China blocks UN solution for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid continuing destruction of villages, attacks on children and a widening displacement of refugees, members of the UN Security Council visited Burma and neighboring Bangladesh to assess the widening humanitarian carnage. The officially dubbed Mission to Myanmar, as the country is officially known, offered diplomats […]