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I was chagrined to see Rachel give high praise to Bhutan's new heriditary coronation of their next ruler... She gave ample praise to his looks, his footware, and the his father's legacy of a gross national happiness index, but what she and way too many others failed to mention is Bhutan's horrible human rights record and their legacy of ethnic cleansing in the late 1980's and early 1990's

In an effort to increase their "gross national happiness" Bhutan forcibly tortured and physically removed over 100 thousand of its own citizens and sent them on a march to nowhere in 1991.  These Bhutanese citizens crime... they were of distant Nepali ethnicity! Most of these families had settled in present day Bhutan 4 to 5 generations ago... some had been there even longer--- by the 1980's these innocent people comprised about 15-20% of the country's population... but according to the king they did not fit his definition of a true Bhutanese person.... These simple farmers once controlled the lower flood plains/rice basket areas of Bhutan and produced the majority of the Himalayan country's food products--- but in a giant ethnic cleansing sweep that tolerated no dissention the King and his troops killed/tortured/forcibly removed these folks from their lands and sent them adrift.

Ethnically, most of the folks can trace their roots to Nepal and even though Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, the King at the time (Birendra) allowed 100K people to establish UN refugee camps in the southeastern corner of Nepal--- Note these folks are not Nepali citizens, they rightfully consider themselves Bhutanese, but they have languished there for almost 20 years and sadly in their desperation have become a giant reservoir for the Asian sex slave trade.  

I think Bhutan's actions are horrendous and it sickens me when folks like Rachel Maddow send them false praise based on ignorance of what has transpired.  The facts are out there, way too many pundits fail to learn them before they report--- sadly this includes Rachel!

check out www.bhutaneserefugees.com:

The vast majority of the refugees are Lhotshampas, one of Bhutan’s three main ethnic groups, who were forced to leave Bhutan in the early 1990s. There is ample evidence, as documented by Amnesty International and other human rights organisations, that the expulsion of large numbers of Lhotshampas was planned and executed with meticulous attention to detail.

Originally posted to tharu1 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 08:56 PM PST.

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  •  I saw that segment. Maybe you can (9+ / 0-)
  •  rachel@msnbc.com (7+ / 0-)
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    cosette, bagman, mariva, JVolvo, crose, Lujane, Jezreel

    rachel@msnbc.com

  •  lord (5+ / 0-)

    if this is what we have to look forward to, the next 4 years are going to be a no fun, PC-insane period likely to make us lose in 2012.

    everything doesn't have to be a fight. she made a joke about his shoes, looks, and their gross national happiness.

    Yes it could have been more informed, but it was part of the light news section, every moment can't be a cause.

    •  If this is the next four years (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm voting Libertarian in 2012. At least they can take a joke and hold their liquor.

      "We're not rifle shots here. We're Americans." John McCain

      by Larry Madill on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 09:05:03 PM PST

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    •  this is no cause of the moment for me! (10+ / 0-)

      I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and I saw first hand the devastating effects of Bhutan's ethnic cleansing... you can call it a light news section or a moment that doesn't warrant a cause if you wish... but I tend to think of murder, tourture, and forced marches from your own lands to unknown squalor in a country that doesn't have the resources to help you... as a little more serious than a light news story--- I've seen this gross happiness myth about Bhutan promulgated in many places and it needs to be spoken to with the truth whenever it happens... Bhutan is culpable and it needs to be addressed!

    •  You know, (2+ / 0-)
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      it would be kind of like someone commenting on what Slobodan Milosevic would be wearing to his trial at the Hague (had he survived) while forgetting to mention why he was there in the first place. Here is a country described repeatedly at the inspiration for Shangri-La, and yet their king forced thousands of people to leave the country on pain of death. The world is a very small place these days and what happens in Bhutan should be worth a little consideration in light of what kinds of things we are trying to outgrow in this country. Rachel does snark as well as anyone--I don't think a few words on the irony of the king of Shangri-La being responsible for ethnic cleansing would have been much of a stretch for her.

      My name is Cindy Hussein Rose. I am once again proud to be an American.

      by crose on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 10:45:48 PM PST

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  •  many of Rachel's commentaries (9+ / 0-)

    seem to me to be shallow and irrespective of history.
    On another note, tonight her rather irritating talk me down was about the appointment of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff.
    There she went with the "Clinton retread" meme that John Boehner was spouting.
    What Rachel left out was the great Chicago model of surrounding one's self with loyal footsoldiers to do the dirty work of mustering support.
    Many nights it seems to me she just skims Salon and Politico and builds a show around that and her purist views.
    It's wearing out fast for me.

    -7.88/-4.41 "Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future." Jimmy Carter

    by Interceptor7 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 09:02:06 PM PST

  •  Someone. Anyone needs to send this to her. (4+ / 0-)
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    mariva, crose, Lujane, scotths

    Surely she did that piece not knowing
    Going to give her the benefit of the doubt since I can't imagine she would have done it knowing the situation.
    Please Diarist/Someone mail her.
    I'm sure she'll follow up with the real deal.

  •  Yeah, let's have more fun, so we win in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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    nehark

    I could say a lot of things, but I'll just say your comment was cringe-worthy.

    Don't waste donuts. 2 will do.

    by Karl Rover on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 09:03:52 PM PST

  •  Why should she mention this? (0+ / 0-)

    I am sympathetic to your claims but there is a Bhutanese explanation which claims these people were not citizens.

    Regardless - it's not her job to mention something like this along with the King's coronation.

    •  It is her job to speak the truth (4+ / 0-)
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      If she had just covered the coronation and the footware--- then I would not have responded--- but she spouted the lies of "gross national happiness" that the government of Bhutan likes to spread and she gave them praise as though they weren't complicit in their own horrendous past--- I believe that when a government abuses its own people, they should not be praised for it...

    •  Hmmm, (2+ / 0-)
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      mariva, JVolvo

      kind of like it's not Faux News' job to mention John McCain's complicity in his many nefarious activities? It's always a good thing to bring up the irony of something like this. Bhutan had no good reason to do what they did back when they did it and ot wasn't covered by the trad med then either. Well, the BBC had some headliners when the forced exiles and killings began IIRC, but the news from Bhutan stopped pretty quickly.

      Rachel seems to be everybody's darling right now, but she needs to learn how to bring these things to her audience's attention. She comments on the king's shoes but doesn't bring up a rather nasty event in the country's recent history? I'm sort of stunned.

      My name is Cindy Hussein Rose. I am once again proud to be an American.

      by crose on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 10:34:50 PM PST

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