Government ‘Genocide’ Leads to 80% Heroin Addiction for Myanmar Youth

Asia’s drug problem is ravaging communities at an alarming rate, but in the nation of Myanmar, the drug addiction epidemic has become so pervasive that shopkeepers give customers syringes as change when they do not have currency.

In “Silent Offensive,” a stunning report by the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand–a women’s group covering the border region between Thailand and Myanmar–drug addicts and their families tell stories of the horrific lengths to which heroin addicts will go to feed their addiction, and just how pervasive heroin is in certain communities. As the Global Post notes, a customer in some areas of the Kachin border state will receive syringes as change in stores. Previously, store owners would also dispense candy or cigarettes instead of money, as customers perceived these to be more valuable than actual Burmese money. The report notes that, in addition to syringes, “gas stations also make change using bottles of sterile water, which addicts draw into syringes to turn powdered heroin into an injectable liquid.”

The Global Post estimates that 80% of young people in Kachin are drug addicts. In its capital, Myitkyina, “needles are strewn in the fields, on the streets and on the local university’s campus. In the internet cafes, patrons are warned not to shoot up while checking email.”

In an extensive report by Patrick Winn, the Global Post reports that the problem is particularly acute in the mountains of Kachin, in large part because police presence is minimal in the mostly Christian area, especially compared to the totalitarian displays in the Buddhist center of the country. The divide has led many to accuse the government of deliberately allowing heroin to spread like wildfire, incapacitating the region’s youth to prevent an uprising. 

The words “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” flow freely in Winn’s article, as those who oppose drug use in the region and have lost friends and family to heroin suspect the government’s motives for taking a passive role in policing the region. “It’s an ethnic cleansing policy. … This drug is being used as a weapon,” says one Kachin drug researcher working at Kansas State University. A student at Myitkyina University, who single-handedly launched an anti-heroin offensive at the capital school, condemns the government for “a form of genocide,” stating, “They can fight us outright and waste money and soldiers’ lives, or they can let drugs destroy us at our core, our education system, for free.”




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Parents Pull Son from Class Because School Is Teaching Islam

Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports. 

The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ’em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.” 

Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets of the faith than the history of the religion, according to KTLA.  One question asked the students to write down teachings from the Koran. 

The father continued, “What I saw written in these bubbles was, ‘The one true God, Allah’ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was ‘All people must submit to Allah,’ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.” 

The parents assert that the students should be taught the history behind the religions, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or others, but not the tenets of the faith. 

Father: “Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?” 

Mother: “And if it ended with the Declaration of the Faith, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior? That’s what the equivalent, I mean, part of us, for our son? We’d be happy about that.” 

Father: “But some parents may not be.” 

The parents talked to the principal, but the school refused to change the schoolwork, prompting the parents to remove their son from the class. The school would not respond to questions from KTLA.

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Condoleezza Rice Endorses Thom Tillis

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is endorsing North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate, arguing that the Republican would be a leader in Washington. 

“America faces challenges both at home and abroad,” Rice said in a statement released Friday by the Tillis campaign. “We need leaders in Washington to address these issues head on.”

Another former secretary of state — Hillary Clinton — has been in North Carolina in recent days campaigning with Tillis’ opponent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).

Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, is currently a professor at Stanford University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. 

“Thom Tillis is an effective leader who can work across the aisle to solve problems and make our government more accountable to the people,” Rice added. “I encourage you to join me in supporting Thom Tillis on November 4th.”

With less than a week away Tillis and Hagan are locked in a tight race, with the Real Clear Politics Average finding the race with Hagan a lead of about a single percentage point. 




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Islamic State Training Five-Year-Olds in Terror Schools

The self-proclaimed Islamic State is teaching children as young as five to become soldiers and suicide bombers in ‘terror schools’, an anti-ISIS campaign group has revealed.

‘Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently’ has posted images showing children brandishing assault rifles, training on assault courses and posing with and saluting the Islamic State flag. The group says that more than 300 children have been kidnapped or sent by their parents to special training camps at al-Sharea school in Raqqa, the de facto Islamic State capital.

The Express reports that the children are repeatedly asked whether they want to be jihadi fighters or suicide bombers, and forced to repeat calls for the killing of Western infidels. Some have already joined the fighting against Kurdish forces in the border town of Kobane, with at least 30 killed this month, including a teenage suicide bomber.

A spokesman for Raqqa Is Being Silently Slaughtered told the Sun: “The recruitment camps have been established by Isis as an attempt to brainwash the minors and promote extremism among the young generations in order to create an army of loyal followers.

“Isis has recently stepped up its youth recruitment, a sort of boot camp for young boys in which they are taught combat skills.”

“The group persuades parents to send their kids in exchange for sums of money, taking advantage of their need, in the midst of dire living conditions and widespread poverty,” he added.

“However, not all youth recruitment carried out by IS is voluntary. In some cases young boys are taken to boot camps without parental consent.”

Sources claim the boys are recruited at mosques and taken to various training camps for an intense 45-day course, after which they are given combat training for a month. Many go straight to the front line, but others guard checkpoints.

The spokesman said: “Many of these boys are time bombs waiting to go off.”




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Madison Bumgarner and the American Way

Fans tuning-in to Game Seven of the World Series witnessed an astronomical phenomenon as much as a sporting event.

Madison Bumgarner, who won two games, saved the finale, and boasted a .43 earned-run average against the Kansas City Royals, became before America’s eyes a star so blinding that even the bright lights of the big game couldn’t drown out his brilliance.

The 6’5” hurler’s performance harkened back to the era before pitch counts and automatic five-man rotations. More than that, it put the exclamation point on the end of the steroid era. The San Francisco Giants star wasn’t yet born when another Bay Area-hero, Jose Canseco, won the American League MVP award in 1988, ushering in a period when a leadoff hitter knocked 50 dingers and previously nondescript players’ shoe sizes, head circumferences, and teeth mysteriously grew along with their power numbers. Jose, as he later admitted, won awards through steroids. Bumgarner earned his achievements by relying on more ancient performance enhancers: hard work, determination, perseverance.

Bumgarner hails from a town in North Carolina called Hickory, named for a tall tree that’s tough, hard, and resistant to the pressure of the elements. It’s roughly 2,500 miles from San Francisco but exactly a world away. His father built the house in which he grew up. His mother helped build Madison into a grown up in her Father’s house, a local Baptist church. At 20, the pitching phenom, bedecked in jeans, married his high-school sweetheart, a girl he had telegraphed his intentions to by gifting her a cow.

Bumgarner captivated Middle America this postseason because he embodied the best in them and demonstrated what one can accomplish by adhering to their work ethic and values. After decades of Bonds, McGwire, Clemens, Sosa, and other cheaters, the humble ace exemplified the no-shortcuts, grinding ethos that made America’s Pastime, and America, great.

And in doing so, the baseball-famous Bumgarner metamorphosized into world famous, a figure that transcends a sport and permeates the consciousness of the casual fan. Before the playoffs, the Giant surely didn’t stand tallest in his division. Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw, compiling a jawdropping 21-3 record and a 1.77 ERA, pitched as the story all season. Even from his own team, the names of two-time Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum, throwing a no-hitter for the second consecutive season in June, and veteran Tim Hudson struck a more familiar sound to the ears of the casual fan. But Octobers, as the leaves of the hickory tree remind us, change everything.

Tim McCarver, who caught Bob Gibson, called the 25-year-old “Gibsonesque.” Jack Morris, World Series workhorse for the Tigers, Twins, and Blue Jays championship teams, labeled the 2014 Fall Classic MVP “my kind of guy.” Curt Schilling, he of bloody sock fame, simply tweeted “best post season performance ever.”

But the most meaningful compliment came from the man who enrolled a four-year-old Madison Bumgarner in a baseball league full of bigger boys. “OMG,” his father texted him before the ninth inning of Game Seven. “You’re so much more than awesome. To see you work on the mound reminds me of watching you in high school. You are willing yourself to perfection and dragging the team along with you. I couldn’t be more proud of your baseball accomplishments.”

The accomplishments were his, not a chemist’s. They were made in Appalachia, tested near the Ozarks, and applauded betwixt and beyond. Their elbow-grease ingredients proved the same stuff that lifted the Wright Brothers, elevated Andrew Carnegie from rags to riches, and pushed Audie Murphy on to new battlefields nursing wounds that would have removed other men from them. It’s an American story, even if Americans periodically forget that’s how we got from there to here, even if baseball forgot that’s how one makes it from the bush leagues to the big leagues.

Baseball lost its way. A grounded guy from Hickory, North Carolina, reoriented the game in the right direction on Wednesday night.

Daniel J. Flynn, the author of The War on Football: Saving America’s Game (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), and other books, edits Breitbart Sports.




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