Tagged with Burma

NEWS: Burmese and Tibetan Monks Meet

A group of Burmese Buddhist monks arrived in Dharamsala, India this week to meet with Tibetan monks and share information on their similar struggles for democracy. The Burmese monks brought with them a documentary that shows the 2007 monk-led protests in Myanmar and the subsequent government crack down. Myanmar’s military dictatorship has been keeping the … Continue reading

NEWS: Falun Gong Supporters Evade Global Internet Censors

Software engineers and members of the spiritual group Falun Gong created the Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIFC) to reach practitioners in China after the government began arresting Falun Gong leaders in 1999. In 2003 China’s “Golden Shield” program began censoring content and monitoring access to websites in support of Falun Gong. Software developed by the … Continue reading

NEWS: Burmese Pagoda Inauspiciously Collapses

The wife of Myanmar’s supreme leader, Senior General Than Shwe, blessed the Danok pagoda in a ceremony on May 7, adorning it with a “diamond orb.” Several weeks later, the 2300-year-old structure collapsed. Many people, both within Burma and outside the country, believe that the pagoda’s collapse is the most recent of several bad omens … Continue reading

NEWS: Annual Report on International Religious Freedom Released

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has just released its 2009 annual report. The report, which is the most comprehensive in the Commission’s decade-long life, recommends that President Obama designate Burma, Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, People‘s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam as ‘countries of … Continue reading