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Myanmar: Suu Kyi's Astute Move On Rohingya Issue

 

ASEAN

By Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK: With mounting demonstrations in support of Rohingyas in fellow ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Muslim majority countries Malaysia and Indonesia, Myanmar’s de-facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi made an astute move to summon Foreign Ministers of ASEAN for a one-day “retreat” to Yangoon on December 19 to brief them on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where most Rohingyas live.

 

Malaysia: Buddhist Monk Empowers Education of Muslim Children

SaranankaraLotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

Kuala Lumpur: A grand Chinese temple on the hills of central Kuala Lumpur overlooking the Malaysian capital was the site of a unique event today where a Sri Lankan born Buddhist monk’s vision to empower the education of poor Malaysian children, most of them Muslims, was taking place without the glare of any television cameras or the national media.

Gender Equality Gathers Momentum Among Asian Buddhists

1stABCBy Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK  - The first ASEAN Buddhist Conference held on September 22-23 at Nakhonpathom Rajabhat University, about 100 km from Bangkok, brought together Buddhist Bhikkunis (nuns), Bhikkus (monks) and lay Buddhists from across Asia in a bid to form alliances to empower the increasing community of Bhikkunis in Asia.

Righteous King who ruled for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people

KingBy Lim Kooi Fong*

Bangkok, Thailand – One of the most enduring images of the late Thai Monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is that he is almost always seen with a camera around his neck or in his hand. His camera and a map accompanies His Majesty during his time visiting regions within Thailand, checking on projects which he personally supported and followed up.

Obama’s Final Asian Tour ‘Unpivots’ US War Crimes in Asia

BombPlantsLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

President Barack Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ policy that realigned U.S. relationship to Asia, is largely regarded favourably in this region. Yet, his farewell visit to Asia ‘unpivoted’ a darker side of America’s involvement in Asia – of horrendous war crimes committed by the U.S. in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s for which Washington is yet to be held accountable.

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