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Global Event | Christmas

Christmas for the Vulnerable Christians of the World


Source: Al Jazeera YouTube

One of the most important days in the Christian holiday canon, Christmas is celebrated by the devout, the lapsed, and the unbelieving alike as a time of gift-giving, decorating, and shared cheer. However, many of the worlds Christians, minorities in their communities, continue to face persecution as religious-extremist, nationalist, and other reactionary forces gain footholds around the world. From Indonesia to Egypt, religiously diverse societies have experienced increased sectarian tensions as parallel forces—anti-Christian sentiment and Islamophobia—have disrupted what was once stable co-existence. This roundup takes a look at recent developments in the plight faced by some of the most vulnerable Christians around the world. Continue reading Global Event | Christmas

Myanmar News | Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic minorities in Myanmar nominated for top government spots under new government
  • Under Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), politicians from the country’s largest ethnic minorities including the Kachin, Karen, and Rakhine were nominated for top positions.
  • Four MPs were nominated to speaker positions in the new parliament, which convened at the beginning of February.
  • The nominations come as leaders of ethnic rebel factions prepare to meet with government negotiators to address ongoing ethnic conflict in the country.

Read more:
Myanmar ethnic minority MPs receive Suu Kyi boost” (Channel NewsAsia)
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi lauds choice of ethnic and army-backed parliamentary speakers” (Reuters)
Myanmar ethnic groups place faith in Suu Kyi govt for peace” (AFP, via Channel NewsAsia)

(Image Credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Myanmar News | Ethnic Minorities

Myanmar’s ethnic minorities organize as landmark elections near
  • Groups of ethnic minorities across Myanmar have worried as Aung Saan Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, favored to lead in the Nov. 8 elections, have run candidates in ethnic strongholds favored by the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).
  • Ethnic parties seek to establish a presence in the Burmese parliament to counteract longstanding persecution of minorities in the country, particularly in the border state of Shan.
  • The NLD has prioritized defeating the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), while ethnic parties hope to use to their advantage the winning party’s need for their support to form a government.

Read more:
Burma’s Ethnic Minorities Seek Equality and Greater Autonomy in Landmark Elections” (TIME)
Myanmar’s Ethnic Parliamentarians May Be 2016’s ‘Kingmakers’” (The Diplomat)
Myanmar’s ethnic minorities pin hopes on election to end decades of bloodshed” (AP via Fox News)

(Image Credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)