asiantribune:Genesis of Bodu Bala Sena

According to Mr. Dilantha Withanage – the lay Execurive Committee member and the Coordinator of Bodu Bala Sena, the Buddhist outfit was launched on 07 May 2012. We have still one more month left for the first anniversary of the organization. Within less than a period of one year, Bodu Bala Sena is today on the top of the world and everything is happening in Sri Lanka because of this Buddhist outfit.

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When Buddhist hands get bloodied: The new numerology of hate in Myanmar

Wrapped in a saffron robe, Buddhist monk Wirathu insists he is a man of peace. Never mind his nine years in prison for inciting deadly violence against Muslims. Never mind the gruesome photos outside his office of Buddhists allegedly massacred by Muslims. Never mind that in the new Myanmar, the man dubbed the “Burmese bin Laden” has emerged as the spiritual leader of a pro-Buddhist fringe movement accused of fueling a bloody campaign of sectarian violence.

All Muslims around the world should take action on Qur’an burning by Myanmar Radical Buddhists

Appealing to world Muslims to take action on the Myanmar Government for failure to control this kind of INSULT on Qur’an and ISLAM.

This is not an INTERNAL AFFAIRS of Myanmar but INSULT on all the Muslims around the world.

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AJE Interview on Rohingya ethnic cleansing

Audio slideshow: Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya – Interactive – Al Jazeera English

Audio slideshow: Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya – Interactive – Al Jazeera English.

Analysis: Myanmar’s conflicting narratives

On the same day that his government is accused of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, Myanmar President Thein Sein is being honoured at a fund-raising gala dinner in Manhattan, New York.

VIPs have paid as much as $100,000 a table for the event “In Pursuit of Peace”, which was organised by the International Crisis Group think-tank, which receives some congressional funding. US President Barack Obama won’t be there, which is probably just as well, given that Human Right Watch’s new 153-page report is likely to cast a dark shadow over the proceedings.

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Buddha Buzz: A Rough Week for Monks

It’s been a rough week for Buddhist monks. I’m afraid that, if you’re still holding on to any bit of romanticism regarding Buddhist monks, young or old, this week’s news will crush it. It’s been a devastating week news-wise, and it looks like the Buddhist world is no exception.

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Aljazeera:Report documents ‘Rohingya persecution’

Ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity have been committed against Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya people, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based nongovernmental organisation.

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guardian.co.uk:Buddhist monk uses racism and rumours to spread hatred in Burma

His name is Wirathu, he calls himself the “Burmese Bin Laden” and he is a Buddhist monk who is stoking religious hatred across Burma.

The saffron-robed 45-year-old regularly shares his hate-filled rants through DVD and social media, in which he warns against Muslims who “target innocent young Burmese girls and rape them”, and “indulge in cronyism”.

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HRW:Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State

“All You Can Do is Pray”

Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State

Map of Arakan State, Burma
Summary
Key Recommendations to the Government of Burma

Methodology

Chronology of Events: May 2012-April 2013

I. Promoting Ethnic Cleansing: June-October 2012

Appeals for Ethnic Cleansing of Muslims
Impact of Economic Isolation
Response of Security Forces and Officials in Arakan State
Mass Arrests and Ill-Treatment of Detainees
Destruction of Homes and Mosques
Collusion and Coercion to Forcibly Displace Muslims

Burma riots: Video shows police failing to stop attack

Much of the footage was shot by the Burmese police. This report contains images of violence which you may find upsetting

The BBC has obtained police video showing officers standing by while Buddhist rioters attacked minority Muslims in the town of Meiktila.

The footage shows a mob destroying a Muslim gold shop and then setting fire to houses. A man thought to be a Muslim is seen on fire.

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All You Need Is Love

Boston Bombing Suspects Put Chechnya in Spotlight

Boston Bombing Suspects Put Chechnya in Spotlight.