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Myanmar clamps down on Buddhist nationalism

In a further sign that Myanmar is clamping down on the spread of ultra-nationalist Buddhism, six monks have been sentenced to 18 months’ hard labour for leading an anti-government protest in Mandalay. The ruling on Wednesday comes days after abbot Parmaukkha, a founder of the ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement, was denied bale after being […]

Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

The foreign secretary has been accused of “incredible insensitivity” after it emerged he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries while on an official visit to Myanmar in January. Boris Johnson was inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in the capital Yangon, when he started uttering […]