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  • 'No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

    05/22/2016 9:16:14 PM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2016 | Poppy McPherson
    At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” The post was erected in late March by Buddhist residents of the village in Myanmar’s lush Irrawaddy Delta region who signed, or were strong-armed into signing, a document asserting that they wanted to live separately. Since then a couple of other villages across the country have followed suit. Small but viciously insular, these “Buddhist-only” outposts serve as microcosms of the festering religious tensions that threaten Myanmar’s nascent...
  • Prominent Buddhist Monk Fans Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Thailand

    02/09/2016 2:26:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Feb 2016 | Panu Wongcha-um
    Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is among a growing group of Thai monks who feel their religion is under threat from Islam.Anti-Islamic sentiment is brewing in Thailand, spurred-on by Buddhist monks who feel that their religion is under threat from Islam. This fear mongering has been exacerbated by the ongoing political conflict within Thai Buddhism, the 12-year-old armed-insurgency in Thailand’s deep south, and the growing influence of Buddhist radicals in neighboring Myanmar. Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is unafraid of speaking his mind. The 30-year-old gained notoriety last October, after he urged Thai Buddhists on social media to burn down...
  • Dresden Buddhists Drop Swastika to Keep Peace

    09/30/2015 3:35:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    On Sunday eastern Germany's first Buddhist graveyard opened in Dresden, marking a turning point for the region's Vietnamese community. But a missing symbol makes the burial ground a peculiarly German affair. The burial ground is long overdue, Ding Linger, a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Buddhist Centre in Dresden told The Local. "It's been needed for 40 years since Vietnamese people first came to East Germany," he said. Vietnamese are the largest immigrant population in east Germany, making up 100,000 of the population. Of those, 7,000 live in Dresden, reports the Hamburger Morgenpost. With around 85 percent of the Vietnamese population...
  • Happy New Year, Mr. Soros

    12/31/2007 1:45:17 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 12 replies · 357+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2007 | George H. Wittman
    The pictures shown on television in August and September '07 were clear, despite the efforts of the Burmese police to restrict coverage: Hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist monks marched in front of an even larger number of mostly young men. Repeatedly they were challenged by security forces and dispersed, first with batons, then tear gas and rubber bullets, and finally gunfire. -- snip -- As it turns out, George Soros and his Open Society Institute contracted with professional trainers to instruct Burmese dissidents. -- snip -- According to the Soros mentality and political theory, the invasion of Iraq to depose the...
  • India: The Stormy Revival of an International University

    07/13/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | August 13, 2015 issue | Amartya Sen
    Classes began in early September last year at a small new international university, called Nalanda, in Bihar in northeast India -- one of the most backward parts of the country. Only two faculties -- history, and environment and ecology -- were holding classes for fewer than twenty students. And yet the opening of Nalanda was the subject of headlines in all the major newspapers in India and received attention across the world. "Ritorno a Nalanda" was the headline in Corriere della Sera. The new venture is meant to be a revival of Nalanda Mahavihara, the oldest university in the world,...
  • Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists

    02/05/2015 3:05:02 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies ^ | 4 February 2015 | bbc
    A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him. Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead. Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia. ... The monk was discovered after being stolen by a man hoping to sell him on the black market.
  • China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama

    11/06/2014 8:29:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2014
    China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama BEIJING Wed Nov 5, 2014 3:44am EST (Reuters) - A top Chinese official has vowed to severely punish members of the ruling Communist Party in Tibet who "harbor fantasies" about the troubled region's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, state media said on Wednesday. In a front-page article in the Tibet Daily, Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said China would stamp out any separatist inclinations.
  • Sri Lanka accused of turning blind eye to violence (like Burma?)

    07/05/2014 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2014 2:09 AM EDT | Krishan Francis
    The attackers stormed in close to midnight, tearing through town with gasoline bombs and clubs before carting away piles of cash and jewelry they stole from Muslim families in this tiny corner of Sri Lanka. The onslaught incited by the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, a hard-line group that has gained thousands of followers in recent years, killed at least two Muslims and injured dozens more last month in the worst religious violence Sri Lanka has seen in decades. Now, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government is under fire, accused of failing to protect Sri Lanka’s tiny Muslim minority and...
  • EU alarmed by anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

    06/18/2014 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT | Bharatha Mallawarachi
    The European Union expressed alarm Wednesday at recent violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka in which three people died and more than 50 were injured, and urged the government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. […] Hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks Sunday evening in several towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The attacks were led by a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country’s Muslim minority. …
  • This week in Muslims threatening to stab a professor and setting a dead teacher on fire ( Ohio & )

    03/17/2014 8:59:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/15/2014 | Eric Owens
    An Oberlin College professor has filed a lawsuit because, she claims, another professor on the Oberlin faculty has harassed her and created a hostile work environment for female employees for years. The plaintiff is Eunjung An, professor of French and cinema studies ... comparative literature professor Ali Yedes informed an unnamed Oberlin employee last year that he had helped his nephew obtain a student visa to the United States expressly to “stab and kill someone from his department.”.. Yedes serves as the school’s “Muslim Religious Life Affiliate (Islamic Center of Cleveland).” .. An’s lawsuit claims that Yedes has been engaged...
  • ACLU alleges comically unconstitutional religious harassment in rural Louisiana school

    01/26/2014 12:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:12 AM 01/26/2014 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a lawsuit this week against a public school district in rural western Louisiana contending that school officials and at least one teacher harassed a Buddhist sixth-grade student for not adhering to Christianity. The ACLU filed the suit against the Sabine Parish school board in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of parents Scott and Sharon Lane, reports local CBS affiliate KSLA. One of the Lanes’ children, called “C.C.” in the suit, is a Buddhist of Thai descent. The parents claim that school officials began harassing him about his...
  • Myanmar denies Buddhist mob kills Muslim villagers

    01/17/2014 7:27:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 8:32 PM EST | Robin McDowell
    Myanmar’s government denied that security forces and a Buddhist mob attacked a village in an isolated corner of the country this past week and killed Muslim women and children. A rights group said more than a dozen people may have died and that hundreds of people have fled their homes. The United States and Britain called on the government to investigate and to hold those responsible accountable. “We have had no information about killings,” Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut told reporters Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan. …
  • Group: Myanmar mob kills more than a dozen Muslims

    01/16/2014 7:25:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 9:01 AM EST | Robin McDowell
    A villager and a rights group say a Buddhist mob has killed more than a dozen Muslim women and children in an isolated corner of Myanmar. […] Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which has been documenting abuses against members of the Rohinyga Muslim minority for more than a decade, said the violence took place Tuesday in Du Char Yar Tan, a village in northern Rakhine state. …
  • ‘I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist’: More Burmese embracing anti-Muslim violence

    06/22/2013 10:44:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/21/13 | Max Fisher
    Members of Burma’s Buddhist majority, including some of its much-respected monks, are increasingly persecuting the country’s long-suffering Muslim minority and adopting an ideology that encourages religious violence. It seems a far way from the Buddhism typically associated with stoic monks and the Lama – who has condemned the violence – and more akin to the sectarian extremism prevalent in troubled corners of the Middle East. The violence has already left nearly 250 Burmese Muslim civilians dead, forced 150,000 from their homes and is getting worse. “You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a...
  • Myanmar: Saudi Arabia is responsible for the jihad against Rakhine Buddhists

    05/30/2013 6:50:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies ^ | 5/31/13 | sheikyermami
    The Muslim Issue presents truth to power: Did Buddhists invade Muslim land or did Muslims force themselves, like always, on the Buddhists of Myanmar? Why are they refusing to leave? Remember the rules of the game: while Muslims slaughter, attack, invade and force their ugly fascist ideology on innocent people – they are always the victims. Be it in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, Kosovo, etc. etc. the scenario is always the same. There never exist any responsibility or consciousness for personal conduct within the Muslim community. Islam is an ideology based on...
  • Buddhist mobs spread fear among Myanmar's Muslims

    05/29/2013 11:33:48 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/29/13 | TODD PITMAN
    LASHIO, Myanmar (AP) — It was a terrifying sight: hundreds of angry, armed men on motorcycles advancing up a dusty street with no one to stop them. Shouting at the top of their lungs, clutching machetes and iron pipes and long bamboo poles, they thrust their fists repeatedly into the air. The object of their rage: Myanmar's embattled minority Muslim community. Residents gaping at the spectacle backed away as the Buddhist mob passed. Worried business owners turned away customers and retreated indoors. And three armed soldiers standing in green fatigues on a corner watched quietly, doing nothing despite an emergency...
  • Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?

    05/06/2013 4:06:25 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 107 replies
    BBC ^ | May 1, 2013 | Alan Strathern
    First paragraph excerpt: Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?
  • Muslims Target Buddhists Over Koran Facebook Image

    10/03/2012 10:46:40 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Rachel Hirschfeld
    In the most recent attack in the name of Islam, Muslim protesters attacked Buddhist villages in Bangladesh, after an image portraying a burnt Koran was posted on Facebook. Witnesses said angry crowds set fire to homes and temples in the Cox's Bazar district, forcing families to flee the area, BBC news reported. Hundreds of protesters reportedly rampaged Buddhist neighborhoods on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning, smashing statues, burning down monasteries and attacking houses. The man accused of posting the image is in protective custody. Police say he was tagged in the photo but did not post...
  • Buddhist vigilantes kill 9 Muslims in Myanmar violence

    06/04/2012 2:06:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 4, 2012 4:45am EDT | Aung Hla Tun
    Buddhist vigilantes in western Myanmar attacked a passenger bus and killed nine Muslims, police said on Monday, the deadliest communal violence in the tense region since a reformist government took power a year ago. The bus was besieged near Taunggoke town in the western state of Rakhine on Sunday evening by a group who blamed some of its passengers for the murder of a Buddhist woman a week ago, said local residents and politicians. One of those killed was travelling in a separate car. Rakhine is home to Myanmar's largest concentration of Muslims, but their presence is often resented by...
  • Muslim rebels slaughter Buddhists in Thailand: “We will kill, burn, and destroy all Buddhists: you

    07/17/2011 9:15:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/17/11 | Pamela Geller
    Everywhere Muslims live in non-Muslim countries, there is conflict and agitation, the level of which is determined by their numbers. Thailand is at 5%. Deadly. Islamist rebels slaughter Buddhists in Thailand July 15, 2011 Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, notes that an Islamist terrorist insurgency has claimed 4,000 lives in southern Thailand since 2004. Recent victims include two beheaded boys; “they are all innocent victims, guilty only for not being Muslims,” according to a Fides source. “We will kill, burn, and destroy all Buddhists: you will never be able to live in peace...
  • (Buddhist) Schoolboy killed and 'religious teacher' held in South-related violence

    07/16/2011 10:20:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 16, 2011
    A schoolboy was killed and two bystanders were injured when an unknown gunman shot the student before opening fire at people shopping at a market in Pattani yesterday morning. ... an attack by southern insurgents on a Buddhist religious day as the motive. Pattani Governor Nipon Narapitakkul said that he believed the attack was a result of the region's unrest, where insurgents harm Thai Buddhists to incite disunity and distrust between Thai Buddhists and Muslims in Panare district, which is made up of 60 per cent Buddhists and 40 per cent Muslims. More than 4,500 people have been killed and...
  • Thai bomb attack in south kills 2 Buddhist monks ( ROP )

    05/19/2011 10:52:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | 05/16/11
    Thailand's army says suspected Islamic insurgents set off a roadside bomb in the country's restive south, killing two Buddhist monks. ... More than 4,200 people have been killed in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southern provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted here in 2004.
  • Rebels kill Buddhist couple, children in Thai south

    02/01/2011 10:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Surapan Boonthanom
    Suspected Muslim separatists shot dead a Buddhist family of four in Thailand's deep south, police said on Tuesday, the latest attack in an escalation of violence in the region. The killings followed a bloody raid on an army camp and a big roadside bombing in the past 12 days that were believed to have been carried out by ethnic Malay Muslim rebels seeking autonomy from predominantly Buddhist Thailand. The bodies of the Buddhist couple, their daughter, 15, and 7-year-old son were found in a forest in Yala, one of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,300 people have...
  • Nine Revellers Killed In Triple Bomb Blast

    04/16/2010 11:13:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 468+ views - SKY NEWS ^ | 3:47pm UK, Friday April 16, 2010 | Judy Bretschneider, Beijing producer
    Note: Photos included. SNIPPET: "Three explosions have ripped through Burma's former capital Rangoon, killing nine people and injuring dozens others. The blasts in Rangoon are the worst to have hit the city since 2005 The triple blast was reported alongside Kandawgyi Lake, where hundreds of people had gathered for the country's New Year celebrations. A fourth bomb was later found and defused, according to official sources. Witnesses said people fled and ambulances rushed to help casualties. One Red Cross official said: "I saw blood on many people. The rush to help the injured So far it is unclear who is...
  • Boulder's Naropa University investigates alleged embezzlement ( Buddhists in Colorado )

    04/04/2010 1:49:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 441+ views
    daily camera ^ | 04/01/2010 | Erica Meltzer
    Three Naropa University employees -- two of them top administrators -- have been fired after an investigation into embezzlement at the Buddhist-inspired school... An internal investigation after an FBI tip found that a finance department employee had embezzled roughly $450,000 from the Boulder liberal arts school over a two-year period. President Stuart Lord said agents from the FBI approached university officials about two weeks ago to tell them the agency had received a report of embezzlement and to ask Naropa to conduct an internal investigation.
  • 10 celebs, other than Tiger Woods, who are Buddhists

    03/01/2010 8:12:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 1,532+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/25/2010 | Source:
    • Keanu Reeves • k.d. lang • Richard Gere • Uma Thurman • Orlando Bloom • Kate Hudson • Tina Turner • Kate Bosworth • Herbie Hancock • Russell Simmons
  • Tiger Turns To Buddhism To Turn Life Around [Rebuking Fox's Brit Hume?]

    02/20/2010 11:05:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 74 replies · 1,462+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 20, 2010
    Tiger Turns To Buddhism To Turn Life Around Apologetic golf star vows to use religion to bring ‘balance’ to his ways In the theater of American public apologies, it’s common for celebrities to invoke their faith. Disgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods did it Friday, in fact, with a twist. He cited the role of Buddhism in his life — and will look to it to help him recover from serial infidelity. “People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years,” Woods...
  • Tiger: I'll do Buddha

    02/20/2010 2:36:52 AM PST · by ozguy · 42 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Sun ^ | Saturday, 20 February 2010 | PETE SAMSON
    CHEATING Tiger Woods promised to mend his ways yesterday - with the help of Buddhism. The golf superstar had tears in his eyes as he apologised for betraying wife Elin during flings with a string of women. In a 13½-minute speech, Tiger, 34, said fame and fortune had led him to act as though he lived by different rules from his millions of fans. He confessed: "I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated." Tiger will return to rehab today to continue the fight to rehabilitate himself and save his marriage. And he also revealed he is turning for support...
  • Taliban destroying Gandhara heritage in Pakistan

    11/25/2009 10:18:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 799+ views
    Himalayan Times ^ | November 22, 2009 | Agence France Presse
    Archaeologists warn that the Taliban are destroying Pakistan's ancient Gandhara heritage and rich Buddhist legacy as pilgrimage and foreign research dries up in the country's northwest. "Militants are the enemies of culture," said Abdul Nasir Khan, curator of Taxila Museum, one of the premier archeological collections in Pakistan. "It is very clear that if the situation carries on like this, it will destroy our culture and will destroy our cultural heritage," he told AFP. Taxila, a small town around 20 kilometres south of Islamabad, is one of Pakistan's foremost archeological attractions given its history as a centre of Buddhist learning...
  • Thailand: "More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and..."

    10/31/2009 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 857+ views
    (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) via JIHAD (A ^ | Posted by Robert on October 31, 2009 5:21 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "SUSPECTED Islamic insurgents shot and killed two people and wounded three others in a bomb blast in Thailand's troubled Muslim-majority south, police said. Gunmen broke into a house in Yala province and shot dead a 16-year-old Buddhist girl, also wounding her 29-year-old husband, they said.... More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and crucifixions since a separatist insurgency erupted in Thailand's southern provinces bordering Malaysia in January 2004."
  • Are Buddhists Violent?

    04/15/2009 10:01:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 755+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.14.09 | Lawrence Osborne
    Like many former residents of Bangkok, I have been watching the country's slide into virtual civil war with a mixture of incredulity and tetchy disillusion. It is hard for us to think of one of the world's only truly Buddhist states descending into a chaotic thuggery that would, alas, be less remarkable elsewhere. But why? Is it because of misperceptions we have about Buddhism? Buddhist violence--or violence committed by Buddhists, more properly speaking--is a strained concept for us, to put it mildly. I can easily imagine being assaulted by an infuriated Christian or by a hysterically outraged jihadist, by a...
  • Thailand: Jihadists shoot 2 Buddhists, burn their bodies, and leave note claiming...

    03/07/2009 9:52:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 555+ views
    (REUTERS) via JIHAD ^ | March 8, 2009 12:39 AM | Posted by Marisol
    March 8, 2009 PATTANI, Thailand, March 7 (Reuters) - S SNIPPET: "Pattani and the neighbouring provinces of Narathiwat and Yala, abutting Malaysia, were a Muslim sultanate until annexed a century ago by predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Around 80 percent of people there are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect. The violence has ranged from drive-by shootings to bombings and beheadings and often targets Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers."
  • Two Buddhists and Muslim killed in Thai deep south

    11/19/2008 11:29:19 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies · 272+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Nov 18, 2008
    Suspected militants shot dead a Muslim and two Buddhists in two separate incidents in Thailand's far south, police said on Tuesday, the latest violence in a five-year separatist rebellion. The 24-year-old Muslim was shot dead and his mother was injured as they rode a motorcycle to a rubber plantation in Pattani, one of three southern provinces roiled by violence that has killed 3,200 people since 2004. In a nearby district, two Buddhist truck drivers were shot dead and mutilated by four unknown gunmen at a rubber factory, police said. The killers sped away on two motorcycles with one of the...
  • Barack Obama and Slavery

    09/26/2008 7:09:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2008 | Bill Warner
    Slavery still stalks the American consciousness, its wounds yet festering in many hearts. If Barack Obama were to set his mind to it, he could heal much of the damage this peculiar institution wrought on our national soul. This great and tragic error that must be given justice. Obama is the best person in the world who can recognize, remember and honor the deaths of 125 million and the enslavement of tens of millions of people. His unique qualifications can be found in his names. Until he was 20 years old, he went by the first name Barry. Then he...
  • Thousands dead in the massacre of the monks

    09/30/2007 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 121 replies · 863+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 30, 2007
    Thousands dead in the massacre of the monksLast updated at 01:05am on 1st October 2007 Comments Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma's ruling junta has revealed. The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: 'Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.' Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered...
  • Burmese monks defy army warning (Protests in Burma).

    09/25/2007 12:08:23 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 329+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
    The monks have vowed to continue their action Lorries with loudspeakers have been driving through Burma's main city of Rangoon warning residents to stop anti-government protests.The broadcasts threatened that "action will be taken against those who violate this order". But hundreds of monks and civilians defied the threats and began fresh protests at the Shwedagon pagoda. On Monday, there were protests in at least 25 towns, with tens of thousands of people marching in Rangoon. Several military trucks are now parked near Shwedagon pagoda, which has been the focus of the protests. Eyewitnesses said several hundred monks gathered at...
  • 20,000 march against Myanmar government (6th straight day of protest)

    09/23/2007 3:36:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 355+ views
    20,000 march against Myanmar government About 20,000 people led by Buddhist monks demonstrated against Myanmar's military junta Sunday, in what has quickly become the largest anti-government demonstrations since the failed democratic uprising in 1988. The 10,000 monks marched from Yangon's famous Shwedagon Pagoda to the nearby Sule Pagoda before passing the U.S. Embassy, witnesses said. Monks shouted support for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, while the crowd of 10,000 protected them by forming a human chain along the route. It was the sixth straight day monks have marched in Yangon, and came a day after they were allowed...
  • Burma monks protests widening

    09/23/2007 5:41:24 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 139+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | September 23 2007
    Rangoon - Around 20,000 people have taken to the streets of Burma's main city Rangoon in the biggest protests yet against the country's military junta. Around 10,000 Buddhist monks, who started the marches six days ago, were joined by an equal number of ordinary people. The monks have now started urging everyone to demonstrate against the country's military rulers. For the first time a number of nuns also turned out. On Saturday, the monks filed past the home of opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since 2003. Today the police did not allow them...
  • Suu Kyi greets Burma protesters

    09/22/2007 1:21:23 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 4 replies · 115+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Saturday, 22 September 2007 | BBC News
    Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has greeted Buddhist monks protesting against the military junta. Apparently unable to hold her tears, Aung San Suu Kyi came out of the house she has been detained in since 2003 as the monks were let through a roadblock. At least 2,000 monks are staging a sixth day of protests through the streets of the main city of Rangoon. Up to 10,000 marched through Mandalay with protests also taking place in five townships across Burma. (snip) The area around University Avenue where Ms Suu Kyi's house is located has been closed to traffic...
  • 10,000 protest against Myanmar gov't

    09/22/2007 5:45:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 365+ views
    10,000 protest against Myanmar gov't Myanmar police allowed a group of more than 500 Buddhist monks to march Saturday past the house where opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is detained, witnesses said, on a day that saw some of the largest protests since 1988. A monk said in a speech later to anti-government protesters that Suu Kyi came to her gate to greet them. His account could not immediately be confirmed. Suu Kyi has been under detention continuously since May 2003 at her Yangon home, and for 11 of the past 18 years. The monks stopped briefly in front...
  • 10,000 Myanmar monks protest in Mandalay (anti-government protests getting larger and larger!)

    09/22/2007 1:17:18 AM PDT · by Wiz · 21 replies · 416+ views
    YANGON, Myanmar - About 10,000 Buddhist monks marched through Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Saturday, witnesses said, in one of the largest demonstrations against the country's repressive military regime since a democratic uprising in 1988. Monks from various monasteries started their march in Mandalay — a hotbed for activist monks — while about 1,000 Buddhist monks began marching from Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the country's most revered shrine and a historic center for protest movements. From there, witnesses said, they planned to march to downtown Yangon, which is the nation's largest city. It was the fifth straight day the monks...
  • To be a "good" Muslim - 'ISLAMOPEDIA' [Revised, Sep. 2007]

    09/10/2007 10:30:19 AM PDT · by Posting · 4 replies · 1,181+ views
    To be a "good" Muslim References -  'Palestinian' child abuse -  Evil 'Joy' -  'Blessing' Hitler -  Mourning the wicked -  Australia - Muslim land -  Jihad on all Buddhists -  Spain - Muslim land -  Europe - Muslim land -  Arabs DON'T care about 'Palestinians' -  72 virgins - Loyalty -  'Pallywood' -  (use of) Ambulances for terror -  (use of) Women for terror -  Human Shields -  Middle east background -  September 11 terror plot on London -  Myth on: 'Terrorists are desperate' -  Beheadings -  Ilan Halimi [an example of monsterous wild prolonged torture motivated by hate only] -  Muslims attacking Jews in France -  Ahmadinejad ' Islamic Hitler' -  Cutting -  'Honor killing' -  Jews & Christians as "Apes & Pigs"? - ...
  • Bomb kills one in Muslim Thai south (targeted Thais were waiting to give food to monks)

    08/25/2007 11:21:44 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 534+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | August 25 2007 | Reuters
    PATTANI, Thailand (Reuters) - A bomb hidden under a bench in front of a food shop killed one person and wounded 10 others in Thailand's Muslim south on Saturday, police said. The remote-controlled device exploded while Buddhist Thais were waiting to give food to monks in the town of Pattani in one of three southernmost provinces where more than 2,500 people have been killed in violence since 2004, police said. Two civilians were seriously wounded while the shop owner was killed, police said. Monks and the soldiers escorting them were also among the wounded. Nobody claims responsibility for the daily...
  • N.J. Buddhists fined for buying animals, releasing them into wild

    08/14/2007 12:00:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies · 461+ views
    AP ^ | August 14, 2007 | staff reporter
    PATERSON - A New York sect of Amitabha Buddhists bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles in Chinatown to set them free in the Passaic River, hoping they would not only survive but also realize their karmic potential. Saving the animals, though, did not do anything for the karma of the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP pfficials say the Buddhists did not have a permit and may be subject to fines up to $1,000. Releasing critters into the wild takes a permit - and because of fears of harm being done by nonnative species, New Jersey is reluctant to...
  • You can't name your restaurant Fat Buddha because it offends Buddhists says council

    07/22/2007 10:16:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies · 1,613+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21st July 2007 | ANDREW CHAPMAN
    In China he is a symbol of health and happiness. But tell that to the politically correct council officer who objected to a restaurant being called Fat Buddha...because it might offend Buddhists A Buddhist businessman who wants to call his Chinese restaurant Fat Buddha has angered council chiefs - who claim the name will upset Buddhists. Eddie Fung's £1.3million restaurant will open in Durham next month, creating 60 jobs. But the restaurateur was astonished when Tracey Ingle, the city council's head of cultural services, demanded he change the name because it was 'provocative'. Mr Fung, 39, said: "I cannot believe...
  • Thai Buddhist killed and burned in restive south ( Religion of Peace )

    04/17/2007 9:15:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 542+ views
    the nation ^ | April 17, 2007
    NARATHIWAT - An elderly Buddhist man was shot dead and his body set on fire Sunday in Thailand's restive south, police said, days after a similar incident provoked angry protests. The 70-year-old man was attacked by suspected Islamic militants as he drove his motorbike home from a market in Narathiwat, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces beset by a separatist insurgency. The attackers shot the man three times in the head and torso, before setting his body on fire. Passers-by were able to rescue the corpse before it was badly burned, a local police officer said. A 26-year-old Buddhist woman...
  • 9 dead in Thailand passenger van attack ( Muslims killing Buddhists )

    03/14/2007 2:18:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies · 772+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14 | SUTIN WANNABOVORN,
    Suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on nine Buddhists who were riding in a commuter van in Thailand's restive south Wednesday, killing all of them execution-style... The attack prompted officials to step up security in the south, where a Muslim insurgency has claimed more than 2,000 lives since 2004. Suspected insurgents bombed the van as it slowed into a curve in the road, which they also had blocked with a large tree trunk, said police Lt. Kitti Mankhong, a duty officer in the Yaha district of Yala province, where the attack occurred. Armed with assault rifles, the attackers first shot at...
  • Five Buddhists killed in Thailand's Muslim south

    03/11/2007 10:24:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 390+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mar 11 | (AFP) -
    Five Buddhists have been killed in shootings throughout Thailand's Muslim-majority south, where Islamic separatists have battled the government for three years, police said Sunday. A Buddhist couple was killed late Saturday in a drive-by shooting as they returned home from market ... Some 2,000 people have been killed in restive south since the violence erupted in 2004 along this mainly Buddhist country's southern border with Malaysia. Violence has recently escalated in the region despite a raft of peace-building measures proposed by Thailand's military-backed government.
  • Thailand warns of more "terrorist" attacks ( Religion of Peace )

    02/19/2007 10:21:49 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 450+ views
    Yahoo...(AFP) ^ | Feb 19 | Boonradom Chitradon
    Islamic separatists could stage more "terrorist" attacks, Thailand has warned, after nine people were killed in overnight strikes as many Thais began celebrating the Lunar New Year. Thailand's army chief of staff said the insurgents, who have battled the government for three years in Muslim-majority provinces of southern Thailand, could try to stage new attacks during upcoming Buddhist holidays. "The violence may increase, and it will be the same kind of terrorist tactics," General Montri Sangkasap told reporters Monday after an emergency security meeting in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, and Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont had summoned military...
  • Trends in Thailand's Insurgency in Early 2007 ( Muslims )

    02/08/2007 9:10:10 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 317+ views
    counterterrorismblog ^ | February 7, 2007 | Zachary Abuza
    Wednesday morning saw an audacious bombing that appeared to target the beloved Crown Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is visiting Thailand’s restive southern provinces. The bomb was placed near her helicopter’s landing pad. A security patrol that was sweeping the area, discovered the cell-phone detonated IED... While Bangkok is still abuzz over whodunit over the New Year’s Eve bombings, the southern insurgency continues to escalate. The level of killing has gone up to over two people a day, minor by Iraqi standards, but still the most lethal conflict in Southeast Asia, bar none; and it has the potential...