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Anti-Muslim Buddhist group moves toward Myanmar's mainstream

By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw, Reuters , Sept 2, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image.

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Understanding Buddhist-Muslim relations in Burma (Myanmar)

by Justin Whitaker, Patheos, June 16, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Is Myanmar approaching genocide?

This was the question, and in fact the headline haunting my google news feed for much of the month of May. Today the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar (or Burma as many still call it)* is far from certain, and the history which has brought us here is even more clouded.

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Myanmar's hardliners, monks protest in Rakhine against Rohingya migrant rescues

Asia News, Jun 14, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Burmese Buddhist extremist movements, backed by a group of nationalists monks, yesterday launched a new set of anti-Rohingya demonstrations in the western state of Rakhine, home to devastating sectarian violence.

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Activists outraged as Myanmar jails writer for Buddhist insults

Reuters, Jun 2, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- A Myanmar court sentenced a writer to two years in jail and hard labor on Tuesday for insulting Buddhism, his lawyer said, a verdict derided by activists as a blow to free speech and religious tolerance.

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Myanmar Buddhists plan anti-boatpeople rally

AFP, 26 May 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar Buddhist nationalists vowed to protest against international pressure on the country to help boat people, a prominent monk said Tuesday, as humanitarian efforts to rescue desperate migrants stir festering anti-Muslim animosity.

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