YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said sectarian violence in newly opened Myanmar, also known as Burma, sickens the world as he met with political and civic leaders Thursday to discuss challenges facing the emerging democracy following a half-century of military rule.
The attacks on Muslims are a topic many in this predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million try to avoid. Soon after President Thein Sein formed a quasi-civilian government in early 2011 and began making sweeping political and economic changes, deep-seated prejudices against the Muslim minority started to surface.
In the past year, more than 240 people have been killed and 240,000 others forced to flee their homes, most of them Muslims hunted down by stick- and machete-wielding Buddhist mobs. Members of the security forces have been accused of standing by, at times even abetting rioters, in some cases, but none has been punished.
And the government — together with much of the population — has been largely silent.
Clinton said the world has been pulling for Myanmar. “The whole world cheers every piece of good news and is sick every time they read about sectarian violence,” he said. “Because everywhere on earth, people are tired of people killing each other and fighting each other because of their differences.”
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Washington : Former US president Bill Clinton has said India has the potential to outgrow China if it makes peace with Pakistan. This peace between the two countries could lead to a more modern Afghanistan and contribute to a world wide draw down of nuclear weapons, he said speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology’s Global Conference 2009 in Chicago last Saturday. In turn this could even indirectly influence a reduction of conflict in the Middle East, Clinton said when asked how India could play a more significant role in the UN and G 20 in the future. If you [India] did not have to rise defence spending 20 percent a per year and these countries could be working together I think you will grow faster than China,” he said adding, I think this idea that the Chinese are going to dominate the 21st century is not necessarily true.
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In a book, Bill Clinton says India had calculated that a Pak nuke hit could kill 500 million Indians, while Indian nukes would kill everyone in Pakistan
New York: In the event of a nuclear war with Pakistan, Indian leaders had predicted a bizarre victory, according to former US president Bill Clinton. Indian officials had calculated that while 300 million trymen would die if Pakistani nukes hid India, all 120 million Pakistanis would be annihilated in a tit-for-tat Indian strike, Clinton is quoted as saying in a book. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch’s new book, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, which goes on sale this week, has an unguarded Clinton venting about Indian and Pakistani leaders’ so-called willingness to threaten the death of millions in their standoff over nuclear arms.
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By Daniel Nasaw, Washington
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that hounded him and nearly drove him from office has set its sights on Barack Obama. The former president was referring to the web of politicians, media personalities, various internet groups and grassroots conservative activists who have opposed the new president at every turn. Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat to hold the White House before Mr. Obama, reffered to the term first used by by Hillary Clinton in 1998, when she defended him during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that threatened to topple his presidency. She described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” the forces led by special prosecutor Ken Starr, who spent millions of dollars and several years building a case against Mr. Clinton in connection with a failed land deal in Arkansas. The investigation ultimately led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment and trial in the Senate over the Lewinsky affair. He was acquitted. Asked on NBC’s Meet the Press whetther there was still a right-wing conspiracy, Mr. Clinton replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s notas strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.” He said that the conspiracy has focused on Mr. Obama and, “there agenda seems to be wanting him to fall.” His remarks came after Jimmy Carter, another Democratic former president, said that racism motivates much of the animosity against Mr. Obama.
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