December 18, 2013 Myanmar (Burma): previous. Persecution of Rohingya Muslims continues. There are reports of Rohingya escaping into Thailand who are sold as slaves after incarceration by Thai authorities. The New York Times finds Daw Aung San Suu Kyi “tragically silent”. The Nobel Laureate who is trying to win election to presidency in the 2015 elections makes no effort to stop what increasingly appears to be a State program of genocide against the Rohingya. NYT notes the hatred campaign of the Buddhist monk 969 group, the Government’s lack of action to protect Rohingya rights, revival of a law which allows Rohingya only two children, the Government’s refusal to include Rohingya in the society as citizens. Note this similar mechanism recently applied in the Dominican Republic. There is also concern for an ethnic Buddhist group in the North of Myanmar, the Shan, following a statement of independence in 2005 and rumors of army persecution. The issue is under-reported with insufficient information. India continues to train Myanmar military forces. Several major oil companies are among those bidding for gas and oil exploration rights in 30 offshore lots made available by the Ministry of Energy. The Nation (Thailand) magazine finds that it is corruption which is holding Myanmar back from prosperity. Genocide warning. Partial sources online: “Thailand surrenders Rohingya refugees to human traffickers,” Dec. 5, 2013, World Bulletin; “Myanmar army chief visits northeast,” Dec. 16, 2013, The Times of India; “Ethnic Violence in Myanmar,” ed., Dec. 11, 2013, The New York Times; “Industry Awaits Myanmar’s Offshore Exploration Block Awards,” Cheang Chee Yew, Dec. 16, 2013, Rigzone; “Tentacles of dictatorship reach deep into Myanmar’s new democracy,” Naing Ko Ko, Dec. 12, 2013, The Nation (Thailand); “Burma: Open for the Business of Genocide,” Burkely Hermann, Nov. 1, 2013, World War IV Report; “Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Saffron Monks” Stalk Streets With Machetes – Mass Slaughtering Refugees,” March 24, 2013, Alternative Thai News Network.