Rohingya Muslims: Isolated at Home

Hey everyone, I am finally back to blogging again. Over the summer, blogging really hasn’t been on my list of things to do. But now that the new school year has started and I’m taking an Information Processing class, blogging is full on for sure. Onward from that, today’s topic is quite unfortunate, and I’ve been hearing it on the news for quite some time  and it’s something I wish more people gave attention to. Recently, tens and thousands of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar have been persecuted, denied citizenship, and left stateless in their home of more than 100 years, solely because of their religion and ethnicity.

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The Rohingya people are originally from the state of Rakhine, Myanmar. They are a population of about 1 million and majority of them belong to the religion of Islam. They were stated to be the most persecuted minority in the world by the United Nations. And under the 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law, they were denied recognition of their nationality and also restricted of education, freedom to move, and jobs. And sadly, not only are they denied recognition to the world that they exist, but the kind of violence that they are going through is just heart-aching to witness and having little to nothing to do to help. Rape, killings, and even massacres have become daily occurrences for them, and villages are attacked by the military and Mogs who are the Buddhist community, almost everyday as well. And for this the UN is accusing the Myanmar government of ethnic cleansing and genocide, and in response the government says that they’re “only dealing with terrorists.”

Today more than 160,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh coming with horrific stories to tell about how they’ve witnessed the murders of their families and their villages completely in flames. Many say that the military were using rifles and shot many people to death for attempting to escape and they also used rocket-propelled grenades to set fire on the villages. And after the killings, dead bodies were thrown into the rivers as if they had no value.

In Bangladesh, the Rohingya refugees have made camps on hills. Several thousands of Rohingyas have started building homes from trees, mud and raised tents using bamboo bought from the market. Everyone is hungry from the long journeys, and many local Bangladeshis are trying their best to supply them with as much food and other basic needs as possible. Local mosques have deployed to hand out donated clothes and food as well.

In conclusion, I just want to say that I in no shape or form had the intention of frightening anyone with these explicit, violent descriptions. But I think I was able to make it quite apparent that what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims is genocide and more awareness is needed to be raised. Concern is indeed about how many more refugees Bangladesh may be able to take in, as Bangladesh itself is being faced with the Monsoon floods and poverty. Hopefully our prayers will in some way or another assist them, and others who have the ability can do something for them in the near future.

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Differences Between Right Wing Policies and Left Wing Policies

I feel like sometimes I mess up when discussing about the 2 different types of political views, so down below are some common beliefs of the both sides, and of course one could be a mix of both or one more than the other.

LEFT- Wing Policies RIGHT- Wing Policies
Environment – Committed to curbing the effects of climate change, protecting natural resources, and ensuring the quality of air, water and land for future generations.

-Supports investing in clean-energy and protecting ecosystems.

-Environmental regulations should be based on science.

-The government’s role should be to provide market-based incentives to develop the technologies to meet environmental standards.

-Environmental policies should meet the needs of localities.

-Environmental policies should focus on achieving results processes.

Trade and Business -Fair trade: International trade should be regulated on behalf of social justice.

-Committed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.

-Free trade: businesses should be able to trade across borders without regulations.

-Does not want to restrict imports from, or exports to, other countries.

-Support open markets with no restrictions.

Healthcare -Support free or low-cost government controlled health care.

-There are millions who can not afford and are deprived of this basic right.

-Everyone has the right to affordable healthcare.

-Government should provide equal health care benefits for all, regardless their ability to pay.

-Support competitive, free market health care system.

-All have access to health care.

-The government should not  control health care.

-Health care should remain privatized.

-Socialized medicine have higher costs and everyone gets bad quality.

Immigration -Support legal immigration.

-Undocumented immigrants have a right to: health, education, financial aid, welfare, social security, and medicaid, regardless of legal status.

-Unfair to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants.

-Support blanket amnesty for those who enter illegally.

-Support legal immigration only.

-Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

-Illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as legal immigrants.

-Borders should be secured before addressing the problem of illegal immigrants.

– Government should secure borders and enforce immigration law.

Economy -A market system in which government regulates the economy is the best.

-Government must protect citizens from the greed of big businesses.

-Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest.

-Government regulations in all areas of the economy is needed to level the playing field.

-The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.

-Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs, and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.

Taxes -Government should help the poor and needy using tax dollars from the rich.

-Taxes enable the government to create jobs and provide welfare programs for those in need.

-Government programs are a caring way to provide for the poor and needy in society.

-Lower taxes and a smaller government with limited power will improve the standards of living for all.

-Support lower taxes and a smaller government.

-Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors,

-Money is best spent by those who earn it, not government.