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  • 22 Years a Slave: Fisherman Survives Beating, Shackling, Years in Jungle

    07/03/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Global News ^ | 7/3 | Margie Mason
    All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. His nights were filled with dreams of her, and time was slowly stealing her face from his memory. So he threw himself on the ground and roped his arms around the captain’s legs to beg for freedom. The Thai skipper barked loud enough for all to hear that...
  • Burmese refugees watch as suspected robber kills father in Milwaukee

    06/26/2015 6:09:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-26-15 | Marion Renault
    Jay Ro and his wife, Ca Na, were in their kitchen early Thursday morning, preparing a traditional Burmese breakfast. He was peeling garlic, she was washing dishes. Then their 11-year-old son, Thee Ku Moo, walked into the room — with a stranger, holding a gun against the boy's neck. While attempting to get his son out of danger, Jay Ro, 48, was shot dead by the armed robber, who fled the family's home near N. 30th and W. Cherry streets in Milwaukee. A language barrier, fear and bad luck converged that day; the family had spent years in a refugee...
  • Indian Army crosses Myanmar border in rare attack to avenge Manipur massacre

    06/09/2015 8:15:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    India Today ^ | 6-9-2015 | India Today
    The Indian Army on Tuesday conducted a cross-border revenge attack in Myanmar by killing nearly a dozen militants said to be involved in the massacre of 18 soldiers last week in Manipur's Chandel district Reports said the strike was done in coordination with the Myanmar regime after the clearance to conduct the surgical strikes were given at the highest level in the government. "Any threat to safety, security and national integrity will meet with a similar response," an Army spokesman said. However, a report in the Economic Times claimed India will not admit to carrying out the rare cross-border operation....
  • Monk dubbed 'Buddhist Bin Laden' targets Myanmar's persecuted Muslims

    05/24/2015 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/24/2015 | SHASHANK BENGALI
    He's been described as the "Buddhist Bin Laden," but Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world's most famous fictional spy. "James Bond is a nationalist," the cherub-faced monk said in a recent interview. Flashing a smile, he offered a vague recollection of a movie in which 007, in order to extract information from a woman, took her to bed. "While he did not take much pleasure in the act," Wirathu said, "he did it for his country." His questionable reading of Bond aside, the firebrand Wirathu firmly says he is defending Myanmar against the people he...
  • Malaysia to Push Back Rohingya Unless Boats Are Sinking

    05/12/2015 7:09:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    time.com ^ | Eileen Ng / AP
    “We won’t let any foreign boats come in,” Tan Kok Kwee, first admiral of Malaysia’s maritime enforcement agency, said Tuesday. Unless they’re unseaworthy and sinking, he said, the navy will provide “provisions and send them away.” Hours earlier, Indonesia pushed back a boat packed with hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshis, saying they were given food, water and directions to Malaysia — their original destination.
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Taiwan a warning [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/04/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    bible | Jedediah
    I had a vision of a tiny Asian country being used by two large countries to attack Taiwan unless they repent Jonah 3 3 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days’ journey [sixty miles in circumference]. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey,...
  • Slaves Used To Catch Fish That End Up On U.S. Tables

    04/03/2015 5:30:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    Times Union / AP ^ | 24 March 2015 | Margie Mason, Martha Mendoza and Robin McDowell, Associated Press
    Benjina, Indonesia ___ The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States. Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the...
  • Buddhist Monks incite Hatred Against Muslims in Myanmar

    03/21/2015 10:54:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 20.03.2015
    Myanmar's constitution guarantees religious freedom. But some radical Buddhists have been railing against Muslims – a tendency which has reached the lawmakers by now.Everything seems normal as children in red clothes play football on a dusty patch. However, this patch is the courtyard of a monastery and the young players with their rolled-up shirts and bare arms are Buddhist novices. Their teacher, U Nayaka, laughs at the notion that a monastery is supposed to be a place of meditation. "It is never quiet here, my students always make noise," said Phaung Daw Oo, director of the monastery school, who is...
  • Burma's bizarre capital: a super-sized slice of post-apocalypse suburbia

    03/19/2015 7:56:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 19, 2015 | Matt Kennard and Claire Provost
    Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Burma, it could be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries. On either side of the street, a seemingly endless series of giant detached buildings, villa-style hotels and shopping malls look like they have fallen from the sky, all painted in soft pastel colours: light pink, baby blue, beige. The roads are newly paved and lined with flowers and carefully pruned shrubbery. Meticulously landscaped roundabouts boast large sculptures of flowers. The scale of this surreal city is difficult to describe: it extends an estimated 4,800...
  • Myanmar extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu calls UN envoy 'a whore'

    01/20/2015 5:43:49 PM PST · by Viennacon · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 1/19/2015 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Myanmar's ultra-nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu has called the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Burma a "whore" during a public address in Yangon. The leader of the controversial 969 nationalist movement hit back at Yanghee Lee for an earlier comment in defence of the stateless Rohingya Muslims, who are persecuted in the country's western Rakhine state. "We have already made public our Race Protection Law, but without even studying it, this bitch [kaungma in Burmese] keeps on complaining about how it is against human rights!" Wirathu shouted. "Can this whore really be from a respectable family background?" he asked...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Confrontations Await Obama After Productive Trip

    11/16/2014 8:21:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
    After a productive trip abroad, President Barack Obama headed home Sunday on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. Given his faltering political support in the U.S. and his party's recent election losses, his trip to China, Myanmar and Australia appeared to offer respite. The president, who was due to arrive in Washington late Sunday, basked in policy breakthroughs with China and warm welcomes in Myanmar and Australia. "I intend to build on that momentum when I return home," Obama said at...
  • Obama says ‘Rohingya,’ displeasing Myanmar hosts (name of Burmese Muslims)

    11/14/2014 8:37:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST | Todd Pitman and Julie Pace
    Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week—they were hoping he would simply say their name. On Friday, the last day of his trip, he finally did—uttering the word publicly for the first time on his three-day visit at a news conference with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Discrimination against the Rohingya or any other religious minority does not express the kind of country that Burma over the long term wants to be,” Obama...
  • A Magic–O Mystery Tour

    11/13/2014 6:20:12 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-13-2014 | MOTUS
    Now that he has moved on to Burma shall we discuss Big Guy’s triumphant Chinese trip? How can I call it “triumphant” you ask? Bo in Burma: give that boy a cup of hot cocoa and we’ve got our next pajama boyWell, wouldn’t you consider it a triumph when you’ve finally accomplished your prime objective of fundamentally transforming America? You may recall that Barry has always ascribed to the theory that America is too powerful, too assertive and too advantaged by it’s military capabilities and economic might. So when the handiwork of his past 6 years - overseeing the decline in...
  • Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out

    11/08/2014 11:59:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/06/2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than 60 years and qualify for second-class citizenship, or be placed in camps and face deportation. The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest flow of Rohingya refugees since a major exodus two years ago. The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit...
  • Mayor Lee raises China’s flag despite Hong Kong protests

    10/02/2014 5:38:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 2, 2014
    San Francisco politicians, eager to showcase their democratic credentials in their liberty-loving city, traditionally have not shied from taking stances on human rights, checking in on everything from apartheid in South Africa to Burma’s military junta. But on Wednesday, as tens of thousands of peaceful democracy demonstrators who had already been tear-gassed marched in Hong Kong, Mayor Ed Lee was on his City Hall balcony hoisting the flag of the target of those protests — the autocratic government of China.
  • Rohingya children in Myanmar camps going hungry (Muslims)

    08/08/2014 7:37:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 5:56 AM EDT | Esther Htusan
    Born just over a year ago, Dosmeda Bibi has spent her entire short life confined to a camp for one of the world’s most persecuted religious minorities. And like a growing number of other Muslim Rohingya children who are going hungry, she’s showing the first signs of severe malnutrition. […] Myanmar’s child malnutrition rate was already among the region’s highest, but it’s an increasingly familiar sight in the country’s westernmost state of Rakhine, which is home to almost all of the country’s 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims. More than 140,000 have been trapped in crowded, dirty camps since extremist Buddhist mobs...
  • When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

    07/10/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 2, 2014 | BY David Brenner
    In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.I Was a monk. Most of us used to be," says a heavily armed soldier in the rugged mountains of northern Burma's Kachin state. "When I heard about this army, I really wanted to join. You know, in Rakhine state, we need to defend Buddhism." The soldier fights for the little-known militia of Buddhist nationalists referred to as the Arakan Army. In his khaki uniform, a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder, he is far from the peaceful Buddhist monk of the Western imagination. Yet some officials...
  • China 'won't seek hegemony' says President Xi

    07/08/2014 10:27:10 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spacewar ^ | June 28, 2014
    China 'won't seek hegemony' says President Xi by Staff Writers Beijing June 28, 2014 Beijing June 27, 2014 - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar's leader Thein Sein held talks Friday as the relationship between the Asian giant and the longtime international pariah adapts to dramatic political changes. The two shook hands outside Beijing's Great Hall of the People and inspected an honour guard as Thein Sein -- a former general -- was given full military honours, before the pair went inside to begin their talks. Xi noted the four-day trip is Thein Sein's fifth visit to China and third...
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • Myanmar land grab victims turn to black magic

    05/24/2014 1:26:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2014 1:36 AM EDT | Aye Aye Win
    Victims of land grabs in Myanmar have eagerly tested new-found freedoms by protesting and sending petitions to the president and parliament, to no avail. Now some are turning to old ways: Curses and black magic. Coffins marked with the names of those who seized property have been set ablaze. In rugged central regions of the country, aggrieved villagers have prayed for mountain gods to unleash their wrath. […] Land seizures by the military, the government and private companies linked to junta cronies have long been commonplace in this Southeast Asian country, whether for development or the extraction of natural resources....
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Obama: Myanmar won’t succeed if Muslims are oppressed

    05/03/2014 7:51:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:05am EDT | Matt Spetalnick
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the rights of Myanmar’s minority Muslim population were not being fully protected and warned that the Southeast Asian country would not succeed if Muslims there were oppressed. On a visit to Malaysia, Obama praised political reforms under way in once-isolated Myanmar, but said the danger of democratization was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts and that such developments could move Myanmar in a bad direction. …
  • Fossil Hints At Primate Origins (Out-Of-Asia?)

    10/29/2003 7:44:16 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 486+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-29-2003 | PNAS
    Fossil hints at primate origins The bone is just over a centimetre long An ankle bone discovered in central Burma could be evidence of an ancient ancestor common to many of today's primates, including humans. The 45-million-year-old fossil has features that link it to all of the anthropoids, the grouping of human-like species such as apes and monkeys. If correct, this would tie their line of evolutionary descent to Asia and not Africa as some have suggested. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The PNAS journal presents a paper on the discovery by Laurent...
  • 50-tonne jade boulder found in Myanmar

    02/22/2014 9:59:44 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:36 February 22, 2014
    London: A giant jade boulder that could be worth billions of pounds has been discovered in Burma. The 50-tonne block was found half buried in soil and rock in the gem-rich north of the country. Villagers discovered the 5.5 metre-wide boulder in the mountainous state of Kachin, where rebels have been fighting the government for more than 50 years. It is now under armed guard as officials negotiate with rebels about what to do with it. Burma, also known as Myanmar, is one of the world’s biggest producers of precious stones. Jade expert Jason Holt, of Holts Jewellers in Hatton...
  • UN: Myanmar Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims

    01/24/2014 8:48:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM EST | Robin McDowell
    The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, violence that has been vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago. Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said he “strongly objects” to the U.N. claims and called its information and figures “totally wrong.” A statement issued Friday by Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said accounts of the events issued by news organizations and international agencies were “based on unjustified conclusions drawing from...
  • 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. …
  • Oldest evidence of sex in flowering plants

    01/10/2014 5:23:06 AM PST · by Natufian · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/10/14 | Siva Parameswaran
    The oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant - dating back 100 million years - has been found in Burma. The team discovered a cluster of 18 tiny flowers in a piece of amber; one of them was in the process of making new seeds for the next generation. Flowering plants caused an enormous change in biodiversity on Earth.
  • China's Back-Door Natural Gas Supply

    10/26/2013 8:35:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | Thu, 24 October 2013 14:07 | By Dave Forest
    One of the most critical changes in global energy flows happened this week. China inaugurated a 2,500 kilometre pipe to carry natural gas and oil from the Indian Ocean across Myanmar in southeast Asia and into southwest Yunnan province. The gas portion of the line became fully operational this week. The line is expected to carry over 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into China. The twin oil line is expected to follow. This massive development has several key implications for the global energy balance. Myanmar's significant offshore natural gas reserves (and growing production) now have a "go-to"...
  • Myanmar-to-China gas pipeline fully open

    10/20/2013 9:12:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 10/21/2013 | AFP
    A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational, state-run Chinese media said on Monday. BEIJING: A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational, state-run Chinese media said on Monday. The project, stretching more than 2,500 kilometres from western Myanmar to southwest China, will help the world's second-largest economy feed its growing energy needs. It comes as close political ties between the two nations have weakened, after Myanmar's quasi-civilian regime took office in 2011 and brought in sweeping reforms that have led to the scrapping of most Western sanctions....
  • Myanmar Muslims hide amid deadly sectarian clashes

    10/03/2013 1:34:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 2, 2013 11:33 PM EDT | Khin Maung Win and Robin McDowell
    Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar a day after fleeing renewed sectarian violence that killed at least five people even as the president toured the divided region for the first time. The violence underscored the government’s failure to stop the unrest from spreading since it erupted last year, costing hundreds of people their lives and many thousands their homes. Tuesday’s unrest near the coastal town of Thandwe saw Buddhist mobs kill a 94-year-old woman and four other Muslims and burn dozens of homes. …
  • Myanmar's Jade Trade, A Lucrative But Deadly, HIV-ridden Industry

    09/28/2013 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 27 2013 4:00 PM | Sophie Song
    Myanmar is the world’s primary source of top-grade jade, but the jade mining industry in the Southeast Asian nation remains mired in a humanitarian catastrophe two years after the reform government took over control -- tens of thousands of workers are exploited and heroin is abused on an unprecedented scale, creating the world’s largest HIV-infected community. ... For less than the price of a beer, an injectionist administers the drug directly into the vein of a miner, delivering as many as 800 separate injections from the same dirty needle. Large quantities of the drug are provided by the mine owners,...
  • China: 'Pakistan is our Israel'

    11/01/2010 10:08:14 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 28 Oct 2010 | Thalif Deen
    When a US delegate once confronted a Chinese diplomat about Beijing's uncompromising support for Pakistan, the Chinese reportedly responded with a heavily-loaded sarcastic remark: "Pakistan is our Israel". But judging by China's unrelenting support for some of its allies, including North Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan, its protective arm around these countries is no different from the US and Western political embrace of Israel - right or wrong. ..."China is trying to reassert its political clout at the United Nations as a counterweight to its defensive stand on currency and trade issues." The New York Times newspaper said on Tuesday...
  • Syrian Rebels Now Picking a Fight with China

    09/14/2013 7:31:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    FrontpageNews ^ | 09/14/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    China doesn’t have the same record of killing foreign enemies overseas that Russia does. But it has a large enough overseas network and piles of cash that it could get the job done if it needed to. Just ask Naw Kham what happened after the Mekong River Massacre. The bodies of the Chinese, the crew of two cargo boats, were found badly mutilated on the Thai side of the river in early October 2011. The killings, the worst slaughter of Chinese citizens abroad in recent memory, angered the Chinese public. Chinese investigators insist that Mr. Naw Kham was the mastermind...
  • Hundreds of Muslims in western Myanmar relocated

    08/24/2013 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
    Hundreds of Muslims trapped in ghetto-like conditions in western Myanmar after their homes were torched by Buddhist mobs last year were moved Saturday to a camp for internally displaced people, officials said. Government spokesman Win Myaing said the relocation from Aung Mingalar quarter in Sittwe township was voluntary. But one well-known activist said many of the families were worried their conditions would go from bad to worse once they left. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country of 60 million, has been gripped by religious violence since military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government. …
  • Top Israeli official “sick” of commemorating Hiroshima, Nagasaki A-bomb victims

    08/15/2013 9:51:50 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 40 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08/16/2013 | Jiji
    JERUSALEM – A senior Israeli government official has posted online comments on Facebook saying he is “sick” of commemorations for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, a local newspaper reported. “I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups” over holding their “annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” the Haaretz daily quoted Daniel Seaman, a deputy director general at the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, as writing in his Facebook post. Seaman, a key Israeli online public relations official, also wrote on the social networking site: “(The bombings of) Hiroshima...
  • Protestors march against TIME

    07/06/2013 7:31:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    Myanmar Times ^ | 02 July 2013 | Kayleigh Long
    Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to TIME magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. Protestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh LongProtestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh Long Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to Time magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. A crowd of several hundred sporting banners, placards and Buddhist flags participated in the march from near Sule Pagoda in Yangon, protesting TIME magazine's cover...
  • ‘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 monk lashes out at Time magazine

    06/21/2013 5:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 8:05 AM EDT
    Upon seeing his photo splashed across the cover of Time magazine with the words “Face of Buddhist Terror,” Myanmar’s most-talked-about monk was unfazed, saying no amount of bad publicity could hurt him. The 46-year-old is accustomed to—even flattered by—the foreign reporters who steadily parade through his monastery in the city of Mandalay to ask about religious violence that has swept his predominantly Buddhist nation in the last year—fueled in no small part by his anti-Muslim rhetoric. …
  • Radical Buddhism Ascendant in Myanmar

    06/20/2013 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2013 | Adam Dean
    After a ritual prayer atoning for past sins, Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk with a rock-star following in Myanmar, sat before an overflowing crowd of thousands of followers and launched into a rant against what he called the “enemy” — the country’s Muslim minority. Ashin Wirathu denies any role in riots in which Buddhist mobs have killed more than 200 Muslims and forced more than 150,000 people, mostly Muslims, from their homes. But his critics say that at the very least his anti-Muslim preaching is helping to inspire the violence.
  • Buddhist Mobs Attack Muslim Homes in Myanmar

    05/29/2013 7:44:34 PM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 35 replies
    Rueters ^ | 05/29/13 | Jared Ferrie
    Tuesday's unrest in Lashio was sparked by a quarrel between two people, named by state media as Aye Aye Win, 24, a Buddhist woman who sold petrol, and Ne Win, a Muslim man aged 48. MRTV television said Ne Win poured petrol over Aye Aye Win and set her on fire. She was in hospital, it said. After police detained Ne Win, Buddhists surrounded the police station and demanded he be handed over. When they refused, the crowd went on the rampage, attacking Myoma Mosque near Lashio market, residents said.
  • One Region in Myanmar Limits Births of Muslims

    05/26/2013 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    NewYork Times ^ | May 25, 2013 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    YANGON, Myanmar — The local authorities in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing during earlier sectarian violence. ... It was unclear how the local government would enforce the rule, and the announcement could be as much about playing to the country’s Buddhist majority as about actual policy. It was also unclear what effect the new limits would have; there have already been restrictions on Rohingyas marrying, which analysts said were meant to...
  • 969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma

    05/04/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 72 replies
    France24 ^ | 03/05/2013 | Aung Rangoon / Ko Moe Myint
    ‘969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma This photo shows the cover of two CDs with the '969' logo at the top. On the far right is the monk Wirathu, the leader of the '969' campaign. The CD is titled "Monks' teachings: How to protect our religion and nation." Photo courtesy of MMedia. Brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number "969" are popping up in cities all over Burma. These look innocuous enough at first glance. However, “969” actually denotes an anti-Islam campaign led by hardliner Buddhist monks. Burmese Muslims say it has stirred up hatred and...
  • The Burning of Karenni Camp 2 And Relief Efforts

    04/22/2013 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Wuli · 6 replies
    Michael Yon ^ | April 15, 2013 | Free Burma Ramgers
    13 April, 2013 Karenni State, Burma Written By: Free Burma Rangers Dear friends, On Friday afternoon, 22 March, a fire devastated the Mae Surin Refugee Camp, home to more than 3,605 people. The deadly fire killed 39 people and left 2300 homeless. The response of people wanting to help has been swift. Thank you for part in this and for the help for these Karenni families. Here is an update and photos of the situation and a thank you for all who helped. This report is written by the team we sent to help. [see the whole report at the...
  • Nazi Chic in the New Myanmar

    01/14/2013 2:29:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 1/10/2012 | Julie Masis
    Visitors to Myanmar these days often encounter young men in T-shirts emblazoned with a red swastika in a circle and the word "Nazi" written above. World War II-style motorcycle helmets decorated with the fascist emblem are also en vogue on the streets of Yangon. Myanmar's most popular rock band, which has thousands of fans on Facebook and has toured the United States, is named "The Iron Cross," in reference to a German military medal that was bestowed by Adolf Hitler. The band's logo is a Nazi eagle holding an iron cross instead of a swastika in its claws. The popularity...
  • Figures. Cambodian First Lady Gives Obama the Servant Greeting

    11/22/2012 10:07:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The First Lady of Cambodia greeted Barack Obama like he was a towel boy. And, of course, our clueless president thought it was ‘cool.’ Investor’s Business Daily reported: So amid all the colorful and flirty photos from President Obama’s first tour of Southeast Asia, what did he actually accomplish? As usual, he served himself politically in what was largely a Potemkin mission abroad. It was obvious enough from the rubelike gaffes that the president hasn’t been particularly interested or attentive to the affairs of Thailand, Burma or Cambodia as he made his first trip since his re-election. It was pretty...
  • Alex Wagner Worships at the Holy Burmese Shrine of Her Beloved Barack

    11/20/2012 6:24:30 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 20, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Alex Wagner worships no other god before her Lord Barack. Think that statement is over the top? Not after you watch this worshipful video of MSNBC's Alex Wagner in which, among her other hallelujahs to her personal god who assumed earthly form in Burma, is this gem: “A man who is better at stagecraft than almost any leader in US history.” This is but one of several gushing praises of Obama which gives the impression that Wagner could be in dire need of some serious Barack cult deprogramming.
  • Smart Power: Obama Repeatedly Botches Dignitaries' Names on Foreign Trip

    11/19/2012 7:53:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Guy Benson
    President "Smart Power" at work.  Oops:   As Obama stood next to the world's most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting. Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate's name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee. The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar's reformist new President Thein Sein - a name he also botched. As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart "President Sein," an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would...
  • Obama in Burma: 'I Wish I Could... Impose My Will on Congress'

    11/19/2012 8:49:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | November 19, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, President Obama spoke in Burma – or as he termed it, Myanmar, despite official US practice to call the country Burma – and repeatedly botched the name of the country’s famed Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, instead calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi. Then he called President Thein Sein “President Sein,” which was a diplomatic snafu, since the president of Burma is to be called by his full name. His speech was just as bad. After getting through the basics – acting as though his doctrine, not President Bush’s multiple actions on behalf of democracy in Burma, had...