Is the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar rooted in religion, or is it fundamentally a manifestation of secular right-wing nationalism? Khin Mai Aung looks at the role of Buddhism in Myanmar’s ongoing genocide.
How have Buddhists become implicated in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world? Randy Rosenthal looks through history to understand how a religion of peace has become a justification for violence.
Barbet Schroeder’s latest documentary on Myanmar’s anti-Islam monk, Venerable Wirathu, screened at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday.
Aung San Suu Kyi and her government have begun to address Buddhist-led violence against Muslims after many months of silence.
On Sunday, The Daily Beast reported on an upsurge of support for presidential hopeful Donald Trump from an unlikely place: Buddhist temples in Burma.
Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims, in which senior Buddhist monks actively incite violence and intolerance.
On Monday, President Obama said the Burmese government’s treatment of Rohingya people will be “a great test for the democracy of the future.”
As Burma is emerging from 50 years of military dictatorship, its citizens are thronging to social media, and anti-Muslim extremists are too.
Burmese monk Wirathu made worldwide headlines earlier this week for a disparaging comment he’d made about a U.N. human-rights envoy.
A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma.