Burma on the Ground

by David Kalmats Violence that has been occurring on a routine basis since the June of 2012 spilled into October. Muslims in the coastal town of Thandwe started the month by evading mobs of Buddhist men whom, armed with machetes raided a string of villages with the intent of inflicting damage to...

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Burma: A Summary of Recent Events

September began with the government-appointed body (the Sangha Maha Nayaka committee) that oversees Burma’s Buddhist monkhood “issuing a directive intended to check the influence of a monk-led movement accused of stoking violence against minority Muslims.”[1] The purpose of the directive dated...

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A Formula for Ethnic Cleansing in Burma

August 27, 2013 – A failed attempt to initiate violence by 969 members, including Buddhist monks, illustrated something of the method of ethnic cleansing in Burma. A masked man in Thandwe attacked a Buddhist woman. While there was no way to determine the attacker’s ethnicity, organized...

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