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Who Are the Rohingya?

They are a minority-Muslim group inside the largely Buddhist country of Myanmar (once known as Burma). According to CIA data, Buddhists comprise 87.9% of the country while Muslims total 4.3% of the population. These people have been in the news largely because of the large mass emigrations into neighboring Bangladesh, supposedly in retaliation for attacks on government offices by a splinter Rohingya group.

Background information on this can be found in many places, especially:

The Rohingya Migrant Crisis (CFR Backgrounder); The Rakine State Danger to Myanmar’s Transition (International Crisis Group); Rohingya (Migration Policy Group); STATEMENT ON ROHINGYA REFUGEES FLEEING BURMA TO BANGLADESH (US State Department); Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (supplemental material here); Congressional bills, hearings, resolutions on Rohingya; Burma – February 2017 Update (UK House of Commons Library Research Briefing); U.S. Restrictions on Relations with Burma (CRS); There is no simple solution to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar (Brookings); Myanmar’s Problem State (Chatham House); and United Nations reports, documents, and publications.


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Who Won What at the 2017 Emmy Awards

Here are the lists of the winners and the contenders.

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“Nine-Eleven” from “The Writer’s Almanac”


You passed me on the street
I rode the subway with you
You lived down the hall from me
I admired your dog in the park one morning
We waited in line for a concert
I ate with you in the cafes
You stood next to me at the bar
We huddled under an awning during a downpour
We dashed across the street to beat the light
I bumped into you coming round the corner
You stepped on my foot
I held the door for you
You helped me up when I slipped on the ice
I grabbed the last Sunday Times
You stole my cab
We waited forever at the bus stop
We sweated in steamy August
We hunched our shoulders against the sleet
We laughed at the movies
We groaned after the election
We sang in church
Tonight I lit a candle for you
All of you

Courtesy of The Writer’s Almanac

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Live 2017 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony From Ground Zero

You can view it here. And if you do not have time to watch it live, C-SPAN permanently archives its broadcasts.

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Where is Barbuda? Is There a Country Profile?

For those who do not know about this British Commonwealth state, a great deal of information can be found here, here and here. Also, consult this 1989 monograph – Islands of the Commonwealth Caribbean : a regional study.

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Historians’ Statements on the Confederate Monuments Question

The American Historical Association has issued its statement on this topic; the Organization of American Historians fully endorses it as do other historical bodies. In addition,  “The AHA compiled statements that our members, fellow historical societies, AHA Council members, and staff have made in op-eds, interviews, and other media conversations about the importance of historical thinking and knowledge within the current debate.” This bibliography is an ongoing project.

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“Alt” Terms Defined

This New York Times article discusses some the terms being freely tossed around of late.

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