Ignoble laureate mum on Rohingya but North Korea talks up a storm
Rights group Amnesty said this week it had evidence of the military’s “systematic” torching of villages, as the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389 000, and the UN warned of a looming “worst-case scenario” with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. As the violence escalated, Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faced criticism for her silence about what critics have called “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya minority.
North Korea said it aimed to reach an “equilibrium” of military force with the US. A US military adviser said the US was running out of patience with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes.
In St Louis, Missouri, protesters scuffled with police after a judge acquitted a former white police officer of murder in the 2011 shooting of a black man suspected of dealing drugs. Harry Dean Stanton, star of Repo Man,
Paris, Texas and most recently David Lynch’s reboot of television’s Twin Peaks, died peacefully in Los Angeles.