Category Archives: Asia and Oceania

Al Qaeda hopes to exploit the plight of Myanmar’s embattled Muslims

BANGKOK, Thailand — Myanmar’s Rohingya people have been hacked to death, driven from their homes and quarantined in grubby camps. Many are shrunken from malnutrition and disease. But while most see their condition as a tragedy, Al Qaeda sees opportunity. From obscurity, … Continue reading

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China imposes intrusive rules on Uighurs in Xinjiang

Forget privacy. Chinese authorities here want to know what you eat and when you eat it. How you style your hair, how you dress, and what songs are on your iPad or smartphone. Stung by a string of terrorist attacks … Continue reading

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Cambodia: The Way of the Monk

  Nature was born to rescue humanity, just as people were born to protect nature. Without nature we cannot survive.” – Venerable But Buntenh After journeying seven hours on a bus from the capital city of Phnom Penh, Venerable But … Continue reading

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U.S. agency urges Myanmar to scrap proposed religion laws.

Draft laws in Myanmar aimed at protecting the country’s majority Buddhist identity by regulating religious conversions and marriages between people of different faiths have “no place in the 21st century” and should be withdrawn, a U.S. government agency said on Wednesday. The … Continue reading

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Myanmar seeks views on religious conversion bill

  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s government is trying to measure public support for a religious conversion bill put forward by nationalist Buddhist monks that would require anyone who wants to convert to another faith to get permission from local … Continue reading

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It’s a landslide for Hindu nationalism in India’s election

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by 63-year-old Narendra Modi, will take a commanding majority in India’s parliament, cementing a meteoric rise at the expense of the incumbent Indian National Congress and leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. As … Continue reading

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Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

  Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves. Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their … Continue reading

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Hindu nationalism takes driver’s seat in Indian election

  MUMBAI — His face is everywhere in this coastal city of more than 12 million, India’s commercial capital and the home of Bollywood. His chosen hue is saffron, Hinduism’s most sacred color which is splashed on the glitzy billboards … Continue reading

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Tibet: A Wave of Self-Immolations

More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 — including monks and nuns, farmers and nomads, adults and teenagers. The Chinese government blames the “The Dalai Lama Clique.” Meanwhile, Tibetans hope that the self-immolations will bring global awareness to China’s … Continue reading

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Do ‘rapidly breeding’ Rohingya Muslims really threaten Myanmar’s Buddhist identity?

Amid pogroms, Harvard researchers say the ‘Rohingya menace’ is Myanmar’s version of Reagan’s ‘welfare queen’ folk tale. Patrick Winn reports on the politics behind the ongoing religious tension between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar for GlobalPost.

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