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Rohingya refugees in Balukhali camp on January 13, 2018 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Have Fled One Crisis for Another

As the monsoon season looms, hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps at risk of an imminent cholera outbreak.

Volunteers take down posters of Aung San Suu Kyi at the National League for Democracy Party head office on November 6, 2015 in Kaw Hmu, Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi Is A Politician, Not A Monster

Western liberals projected their own hopes onto "the Lady" — and then blamed her for not living up to them.

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017.
Aung San Suu Kyi said on September 19 she "feels deeply" for the suffering of "all people" caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state, her first comments on a crisis that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence. / AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU        (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

As Tragedy Unfolds in Myanmar, the People’s Heroine Stokes the Flames of Hatred

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians are trapped in a cycle of violence perpetuated by Myanmar’s military, exacerbated by Islamist militants, and inflamed by Aung San Suu Kyi.

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 19: Refugees are seen in the Falungkhali Rohingya refugee camp on September 19, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis on Tuesday and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Recent satellite images released by Amnesty International provided evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The World Knew Ahead of Time the Rohingya Were Facing Genocide

We've never known more about oncoming atrocities, but are still mostly helpless to stop them.

Indian workers check newly built toilets in the stockyard of a factory in Morbi, some 230km from Ahmedabad, on November 18, 2016, on the eve of World Toilet Day.
World Toilet Day (WTD), held on November 19 each year, is a campaign held around the world to mobilize people over issues surrounding health and sanitation. / AFP / SAM PANTHAKY        (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Caste Is Stunting All of India’s Children

Fears of impurity continue to steer Indians away from toilets — and towards deadly fecal germs.

WHAIKHYANG, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 10:  A young girl is squashed as Rohingya refugee men sqabble as they wait for sacks of rice to be distributed on September 10, 2017 in Whaikhyang, Bangladesh. Recent reports have suggested that around 290,000 Rohingya have now fled Myanmar after violence erupted in Rakhine state. The 'Muslim insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army' have issued statement that indicates that they are to observe a cease fire, and have asked the Myanmar government to reciprocate.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As Myanmar Cracks Down on Rohingya, Washington ‘Asleep at the Switch’

Washington opts for tepid rhetoric and behind-the-scenes diplomacy rather than confronting Myanmar over what some call “ethnic cleansing.”

Abbottabad, PAKISTAN:  Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Liu Minjiang (C) and Pakistani Major General Mohsin Kamal (behind flag) stand during the opening ceremony of the ten day Pakistan-China anti-terrorist military exercise in Abbottabad, 11 December 2006.  More than 200 Chinese troops headed to Pakistan's mountainous northern region at the start of the first ever joint military exercise held here by the two allies.  AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI  (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Can’t Afford China’s ‘Friendship’

Pakistan's elites think Chinese cash can save the country. They're wrong.

Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purname, also known as Ahok, arrives for his court hearing in Jakarta on April 20, 2017.  
The first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years, Purnama is on trial accused of blasphemy over remarks he made about the Koran. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Tatan Syuflana        (Photo credit should read TATAN SYUFLANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It's complicated.

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NSA Official Suggests North Korea Was Culprit in Bangladesh Bank Heist

The deputy director of the NSA says he believes states have entered the bank-robbing business.

GAZIPUR, BANGLADESH – SEPTEMBER 04: Ambulances to be carrying the remains of Mir Quasem Ali, have left Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur after the hanging of the Jamaat-e-Islami leader for war crimes. The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Jamaat executive council member Mir Quasem to death in 2014 for war crimes. (Photo by Sk Hasan Ali/Corbis via Getty Images)

Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition

The country's growing number of 'disappeared' are paying for their fathers' (alleged) sins.

TOPSHOT - A Bangladeshi policeman keeps guard near a group of peace activists who had come together to sing and light candles in a park following an attack and seige in Dhaka on July 3, 2016. 
Bangladesh said July 3 the attackers who slaughtered 20 hostages at a restaurant were well-educated followers of a homegrown militant outfit who found extremism "fashionable", denying links to the Islamic State group. As the country held services to mourn the victims of the siege in Dhaka, details emerged of how the attackers spared the lives of Muslims while herding foreigners to their deaths. / AFP / ROBERTO SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Hasina Must Call Islamist Terrorism What It Is

In the wake of the Dhaka attack, Bangladesh’s refusal to call out and confront its problem with Islamist radicals will only make the problem worse.

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Bombings in Saudi Arabia Cap A Deadly Week of Global Terror

A series of suicide bombings and attacks across the globe this past week shows the Islamic State’s reach extends far beyond Syria and Iraq.

Bangladesh police parade suspect Shariful Islam Shihab (C) in Dhaka on May 15, 2016, after his arrest in connection with the murder of two gay rights activists.
Bangladesh police have arrested a suspected Islamist militant over the hacking to death of two gay rights activists, part of a spate of murders of intellectuals, writers and religious minorities, officers said May 15. / AFP / -        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Global Criticism, Bangladesh Nabs Suspect in Killing of Gay Activists

The bad news is that the attacker appears to be a home-grown militant, which means the bloodshed wracking the country won’t end anytime soon.

Bangladeshi students protest in Rajshahi on April 24, 2016 a day after unidentified attackers hacked to death a university professor.
Bangladesh police arrested an Islamist student on April 24 over the hacking to death of a professor one day earlier, the latest such killing claimed by the Islamic State group. / AFP / -        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

One by One, Bangladesh’s Activists Are Being Hacked to Death

This week, a professor and two LGBT rights activists were hacked to death in Bangladesh.

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ISIS in Bangladesh: There’s still time to stop it, but only if action is taken

In November 2015, the Islamic State declared its intent to extend its operations to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Awami League supporters protest with anti-Pakistan placards in Dhaka on December 23, 2013. The activists demonstrated against Pakistan's reaction over the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Escaping the Shadow of Pakistan

The current diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Pakistan is about more than opening old wounds from 45 years ago – it is about the threat to pluralistic democracy in South Asia posed by Pakistan’s security policies.

A Bangladeshi social activist pays his  last respects to slain US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site, Avijit Roy in Dhaka on March 6, 2015 after he was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in the Bangladeshi capital on February 26.  An FBI team has arrived in Dhaka to help investigate the American-Bangladeshi writers gruesome killing.  AFP PHOTO / Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To Counter IS in Bangladesh, Look To The Bloggers

If the international community is concerned about the spread of IS in Bangladesh, it should pressure the government to provide a secure space for free media.

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