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Buddhist-Muslim Violence in South and South-East Asia: The Local Becomes Regional, or a Clash of Civilizations?

by Bruno Marshall Shirley, International Policy Digest, 29 Jun 2016

United Nations, New York -- This month the UN released a report addressing “serious” human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at the hands of the Buddhist majority, and the two-year anniversary of Sri Lanka’s deadly Aluthgama and Dharga Town riots, allegedly incited by Buddhist monks and targeting Muslim homes, property, and lives.

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China must lead the Buddhist World

by Senaka Weeraratna, LankaWeb, April 9th, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The current visit of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe to China draws attention to the strong Buddhist cultural ties between the two countries.

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YES! Enshrine Buddhism as Thailand State Religion

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, March 8, 2016

Singapore -- Thailand is a country where more than 90% of her population identifies themselves as Buddhist. Beside Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Catholicism with four Protestant groups categorize as subgroups under it are recognized by the government.

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Thai politicking on the appointment of the new supreme patriarch

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, Feb 24, 2016

Singapore -- Recently there were quite a few articles on the subject of the appointment of Thailand future new supreme patriarch. Thailand Mass Media, especially the Bangkok Post published several articles from both its former and present editors.

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Bridging the Muslim-Buddhist divide in Asia

by Sadik Unay, Daily Sabah, Jan 22 ,2016

Kota Kinbalu, Sabah (Malaysia) -- The multifaceted processes of globalization inevitably trigger contradictory tendencies of increased social mobility and interconnectedness on the one hand and rapid dissemination of stereotypes, perceptive distortions and extremist movements on the other.

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