Brand new year, same old nonsense. This week:
The Burmese military admitted that it did indeed extrajudicially kill 10 suspected Rohingya militants in September, but clarified that it was simply because it would have been waaaay too much trouble to take them to the police station for processing. Predictably, the U.S. government has described this farce as “an important step” because it suffers from a chronic inability to differentiate between empty gestures and actual human rights progress. (See, e.g., Sri Lanka’s “transitional justice process”.)
Speaking of Sri Lanka, the president’s political party (you know, the one that keeps promising to protect the “war heroes” from the aforementioned transitional justice) is campaigning in the Tamil-dominated north by playing the songs of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Meanwhile, Tamils who possess or share LTTE materials can still be arrested on suspicion of attempting to revive the insurgency. Aren’t post-conflict politics fun?
And if you ever wondered what it looks like when the government of Botswana trolls a sitting US president, the answer is this: