Everyone's Perspectives

Myanmar Crisis

I believe that every discussion of the Myanmar crisis is very important since valuing everyone’s perspectives and listening the news regarding this issue, we can understand the true nature of the crisis.

(The brief story of Myanmar: If we look at the history of Myanmar, the country has a brutal military government for a long time and still that military government is controlling the total country. However, the only changes done to this country is having a leader called Aung-San-Suu-Kyi who was in house arrest for a long period of time against the brutal Myanmar military government. Currently, the problem in Myanmar is totally a cultural and ethnic issue, which the ethnic minority called Rohingya people are suffering. The majority population in Myanmar are discriminating the minority people in violent ways which led this minority people getting killed, beaten, getting their homes and villages burnt, destroying their freedom to live and fleeing them from their own lands to a neighbouring country (Bangladesh). Now, the current leader in Myanmar, Ann San Su Chi does not have any power against the military leaders to solve this crisis in a peaceful way.) (Skill 4)

One reason I believe this, the news regarding Myanmar we hear are either positive or negative background, because there are two different ethnic groups in Myanmar and both these groups are giving totally different news and stories which may be fake news or fake stories. (If you look at one side’s information, you will not know if that information is true and which they may have been concealing some bad actions, which they have done. Also, they will make different good stories, which the outside world can believe that they are truthful.) (Skill 5) Therefore, we have to rely on the reliable news sources, which includes TV news, Radio news, Newspapers, Online news/articles and Social Media discussions. In addition, we have to compare different news sources and get the true nature of the information.

However, at the same time, we have to be sceptical and not convinced easily since some of the news that we hear is partly or completely concocted and ambiguous. A solution to this is to get news from reliable sources such as The Guardian, The Times, Newsround, The Independent, Sky, Al-Jazeera and BBC so we can get all of the information. (Skill 3)

For Example, in Myanmar, we are listening and considering the Rohingya people's perspectives and how they have been persecuted, but do we ever consider the nature of how this problem started and the perspectives of the common Myanmar citizens?(Skill 1)

All we are doing is listening to the Rohingya people’s stories and then taking action. However, we need to consider the overall Myanmar country’s perspectives because; we are the outside people who are not living within the crisis’ region to have the true experience. This shows that every perspective is equally important because we cannot predict who is wrong in this topic and if and how we should take serious action on this situation or not.

If we hear both perspectives from both sides, we can combine it to create the correct information using all the incomplete information. (For example, I believe, in Myanmar, we are listening to the Rohingya people's views and perspectives more than Military side’s information and not the Myanmar citizen's perspectives, which includes so many incomplete information. The Rohingya people might say bad comments that the Myanmar Military did not even think of doing. On the other hand, the Military people might say bad comments, which the Rohingya people did not even think of doing too.) (Skill 2)

Knowing the true nature, this will allow the outside world to understand the true nature of the crisis, which then; the outside world can use mediators to resolve this crisis amicably and permanently, bringing both sides for discussion into the same table. I strongly believe the only way of solving this serious ethnic clash will be by discussion and peace talks, not using military or physical action.

This group peace talking and discussions can also apply to resolve any clashes and wars currently happening in the world. Eg. The Syrian war, which so many ethnic groups and countries are currently fighting against each other. It shows every day, the war changes in so many new phases (Skill 4), which you can learn further from these links below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswkdg

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/syria-civil-war-explained-160505084119966.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-civil-war-children-crisis-trauma-toxic-stress-invisible-wounds-report-save-the-children-a7625006.html

Being a member of the BNC, I have learnt so many different skills such as curiosity and questioning (Skill 1 in my article), scepticism (Skill 2), open mindedness (Skill 3), storytelling (Skill 4) and reasoning for my answers (Skill 5). This leads me not only to learn English skills, but also independent thinking and journalism writing, which is really helping my future studies overall.

Comments (7)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    19 Oct 2018

    Hi busy song! Well done for writing such an excellent Final piece. I really like how reflective you have been by pointing out the BNC skills you have used. Great work! I also think that your initial summary is really useful for readers who don't know anything about the Issue.

    I wonder what other news stories we have read or heard, that have been affected by only hearing a couple of perspectives and not the whole picture? Can you think of any examples?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
    24 Oct 2018

    Firstly, there are always more than one side of the argument in a news story or current affair, but unfortunately, at least one of these perspectives are forgotten about, not taken into account or no one is willing to speak out.

    An example of this is ‘Russia and Rights’ since there were many unique perspectives from the president (Vladimir Putin), the Russian military, the Russian citizens and the other interfering countries, who are helping to resolve the problem. Not all of the perspectives were heard in this topic since they were either too scared to share their opinions or that they were not taken into consideration for the issue.

    Another example that is similar to the Myanmar crisis is ‘Social Housing’. There were also many different views from the English prime minister, the London mayor, the densely populated citizens - who are living in the area - and the property owners of the social housing. As well as the current issue of Myanmar, quite a lot of important perspectives were not heard because people thought that they were not important and worth hearing for when actually, they were the key to finding how the housing crisis really started, especially the people who have immigrated to this country and have made their new lives in London.

    My third example is ‘Catalonia’ because in this issue, there are perspectives from the citizens of Catalonia, the government of Spain and the Catalonian leader. Like all of the other topics, we have heard about, a few of the views were not heard. This is since the people who believed in their side of the argument did not want the other side to be heard because they thought that it was wrong. Although, (by using all of these views and perspectives that were not heard in this news story) the country could make an agreement on what they people of Catalonia want to happen and what the people of Spain want to do and create a resolution for this issue.

    These examples are not the only stories which have unheard perspectives as these issues are only three out of millions and millions of problems going on around the world. As a solution to this problem, we need to make sure that everybody knows what his or her human rights are, which includes having the freedom of speech. Furthermore, we need to encourage people to speak out and have their say about what they think about an issue because - as I said earlier – quite a lot of perspectives weren’t heard as people were not willing to share their opinion because they are too scared or because they are simply not bothered. If everyone’s perspectives are heard, people will know all the perspectives of an issue and can compromise to find a long-term solution to the problem.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      busy_song's comment 25 Oct 2018

      Hi busy_song! Well done for using great reasoning here. You've made links to the Burnet News Club Issues from last year, which is excellent! Well done for recognising that perspectives can be useful beyond this issue and that it's important to hear from the people who are usually ignored. A question to challenge you: do you think it's realistic to hear all opinions on a topic, when news today is so fast paced and almost instantaneous?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
    25 Oct 2018

    Well, in my opinion, it is essential to hear all the opinions on a particular news story. Then we can clearly understand what the exact nature of that news is.

    However, in today’s world, there are so many news issues and it is so fast changing various news in one go. Therefore, the time factor is not enough to understand and consider all the comments and opinions on that particular news. In addition, it depends how big or small that news is in order for us to understand if that news is less important or very important. Then, we can ignore the less important news or learn more of the important news. Therefore, I believe that it is unrealistic to read/hear all the opinions on every news what we are reading and there are lots of perspectives and too little time to take it all in account in one go.

    In my knowledge, in general, every problem occurring in the world around us directly results on poverty, have, and have not. Which means some are have things which others do not have which directly clash among who became rich or became poor and which can lead to greed or jealousy.

    For example; on my opinion, in Syria’s case, which directly involve about oil and many countries spend or invest money and put their finger to help Syrian people, just having that oil wealth. However, in Myanmar’s case, they do not have any oil or any natural wealthy resources. Therefore, the outside world do not want to spend any money to help those Rohingya people in order for them to gain wealth for their investment of helping Rohingya people.

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  • St-Josephs-Northfleet-logo-250x250.jpg versatile_horse | St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet
    31 Oct 2018

    I like how you have been telling us about the different skills you have used

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_banana | Michael Faraday School
    20 Nov 2018

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    24 Jun 2019

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