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Rohingyas vs. Buddhists?

Nayan Chanda | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Nayan Chanda

As Myanmar moves towards its much-awaited 2015 national elections, persecution of the Muslim minority -- Rohingyas -- is casting shadows on the prospect of restoring democracy in the country. Violence against, the destitute Rohingyas numbering less than a million in a country 52 million majority Buddhists, has brought international condemnation. Discrimination also risks arousing sectarian violence from Islamic groups with serious security implications for Myanmar and Southeast Asia. The nine bombs targeting Buddhist pilgrims in India's holiest Buddhist shrine Mahabodhi temple in Gaya on July 7, 2013 was perhaps the first such response to the Rohingya massacre but may not be the last.

Buddhist Mob Torches Muslim Houses In Myanmar

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

YANGON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that tor...

Report: Thai Navy Involved In Smuggling Threatened Muslim Minority

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

(Recasts to add comment from U.S. State Department) By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters) - Thailand's navy ...

Enraged Buddhists Burn Mosque And Muslim Orphanage In Myanmar

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 07.29.2013 | World

LASHIO, Myanmar — It was a terrifying sight: hundreds of angry, armed men on motorcycles advancing up a dusty street with no one to stop them. ...

Obama Urges Myanmar To End Violence Against Muslims

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

By Paul Eckert WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the president of Myanmar on Monday to take steps to halt v...

Who Are the Rohingya Muslims, And Why Should We Care?

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

The U.N. has long characterized the Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community numbering approximately 1 million in Myanmar, as one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

Myanmar's Muslims Face Uncertain Future

AP | YADANA HTUN and TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

OKKAN, Myanmar -- They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned on Wednesday, nothing was le...

Formation Of Buddhist-Muslim Fault Line Should Not Be Allowed

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Even though they may be a minority, there are radical Buddhist elements in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand who all reject the idea that Muslim minorities can be a part of their nations.

Nearly 700 Asylum Seekers Rescued In Thailand

AP | Posted 03.12.2013 | World

SONGKHLA, Thailand -- Thai authorities said Friday that about 700 people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority who had entered Thailand illegal...

62 Dead In Myanmar's Clashes

AP | Posted 06.21.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- The official death toll for this month's communal clashes in western Myanmar rose to 62 on Thursday as Bangladesh's security forces...

Buddhist-Muslim Violence Leaves 7 Dead

AP | Posted 08.11.2012 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — With residents cowering indoors, security forces patrolling a tense town in western Myanmar collected bodies Monday from homes...