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What do you call an extreme and violent Buddhist like Burma’s Ashin Wirathu – Buddhistists?

A man holds a DVD with sermons of Buddhist monks promoting the 969 movement at a DVD shop in the Kyimyindaing market in Yangon, Myanmar on April 4, 2013. Buddhist monk Wirathu says, "969 doesn't accept terrorism." But human rights groups have documented a pattern to the anti-Muslim violence of the past year. Human Rights Watch says that before the October violence in Rakhine, monks distributed anti-Muslim pamphlets with rhetoric similar to 969's and political parties advocated ethnic cleansing. The Burma Campaign U.K. found anti-Muslim leaflets, without the 969 logo, that were circulated in Meikhtila before the March attacks, and some monks and journalists say 969 graffiti, stickers and speeches accompanied them. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

MORE lunacy in Burma. A racist lunatic monk called Ashin Wirathu – aka ”the Buddhist Bin Laden” – has been appealing to and for like-minded bigots:

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 devotees and launched into a rant against what he called “the enemy” — the country’s Muslim minority.

“You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” Ashin Wirathu said, referring to Muslims.

“I call them troublemakers, because they are troublemakers,” Ashin Wirathu told a reporter after his two-hour sermon. “I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist.”

Is he a Buddhistist, as militant Muslims are called Islamists?

Photo: A man holds a DVD with sermons of Buddhist monks promoting the 969 movement at a DVD shop in the Kyimyindaing market in Yangon, Myanmar on April 4, 2013. Buddhist monk Wirathu says, “969 doesn’t accept terrorism.” But human rights groups have documented a pattern to the anti-Muslim violence of the past year. Human Rights Watch says that before the October violence in Rakhine, monks distributed anti-Muslim pamphlets with rhetoric similar to 969’s and political parties advocated ethnic cleansing. The Burma Campaign U.K. found anti-Muslim leaflets, without the 969 logo, that were circulated in Meikhtila before the March attacks, and some monks and journalists say 969 graffiti, stickers and speeches accompanied them. 

Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Not Smashie and Nicey: Dave Lee Travis arrested as part of Operation Yewtree

UPS and downs for Dave Lee Travis. In June 2011, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ was revealed to be Suu Kyi’s lifeline. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, revealed the source of an unlikely lifeline when she was under house arrest – Hairy Cornflake Dave Lee Travis. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had spent 15 years under house arrest since 1989, said the DJ’s request show on the World Service helped make her “world much more complete“. Travis’s other great claim to fame was a resignation from Radio 1, telling the audience “…changes are being made here which go against my principles and I just cannot agree with them…”

So long, Smashie and Nicey.

Fast forward one year and Dave Lee Travis has been arrested.

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Posted: 15th, November 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Burma’s Sneezing Monkey Is Already Endangered

MEET monkey Rhinopithecus Strykeri (trans: monkey with an upturned face – think Victoria Beckham doing her own grooming; or is it Michael Jackson hiding out 10,00 ft above sea level in Burma?).

The monkey – famed for sneexing when it rains – was found by scientists from Flora and Fauna International. But the locals had already fond the creatures and had been hunting them for meat for ages.

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Posted: 28th, October 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


Free Ein Khaing Oo

IN BURMA, they are coming for the journalists:

Burmese media say a local journalist has been sentenced to two years in prison for covering a rally by victims of a devastating cyclone.

Media sources say a court in Rangoon sentenced Ein Khaing Oo on Friday after a closed-door trial, in which she had no defense lawyer. She was convicted of taking photos that could be used by foreign news organizations to harm Burmese interests.

The reporter for Burmese magazine Eco Vision already had spent five months in prison. She was arrested June 10 while covering the rally of cyclone survivors outside a United Nations building in Rangoon.

The participants in the rally were appealing for aid from the U.N. Development Program after failing to get help from Burmese authorities.

A campaign…

Via

Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment