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Burmese Public Dismisses Buddhist Nationalism With a Ballot

by SWE WIN, MYANMAR NOW, 19 Nov 2015

The crushing defeat of Burma’s military-backed ruling party doubles as an outright dismissal of the extremist nationalist “Buddhist” movement called Ma Ba Tha.

RANGOON, Burma -- In both Myanmar and abroad, the National League for Democracy’s landslide election win is seen as a victory of the people over the military and its ruling political elite.


Can Burma Save Buddhism From the Politicians?

By Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy, October 30, 2015

An unholy alliance between the government and extremist Buddhist monks is threatening to derail the transition to democracy.

Yangon, Myanmar - There’s a specter haunting Burma. It’s the specter of politicized religion.


UN chief hits out at Myanmar monks' 'hate speech'

The Bangkok Post, 3 Nov 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hit out Monday at "extreme elements" in Myanmar who are sowing hate speech and bigotry towards religious minorities, days before the country votes in landmark elections.


Myanmar's Ma Ba Tha monks flex their political muscle

By Jonah Fisher, BBC News, 8 October 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- The most powerful political force in Myanmar's election has no candidates and will win no seats. But when the monks of the Ma Ba Tha speak, politicians listen.


Buddhist Group Comes Under Fire From Myanmar Politicians, Activists

Radio Free Asia, Sept 25, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Politicians and activists in Myanmar have criticized an influential Buddhist national group for holding large public gatherings across the country to celebrate the passage of a set of four controversial laws, fearing the intermingling of religion with politics ahead of the Nov. 8 general elections in a country that has suffered major inter-religious violence in recent years.


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