World View: Buddhist Violence Against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar Continues to Spread

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  • Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy
  • Buddhist violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar continues to spread
  • Venezuela's president Maduro backs Putin for Nobel Peace Price

Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy

Last week, activists from the "eco-terrorist" group Greenpeace attempted to scale a a Gazprom offshore oil platform in the Arctic Ocean, hoping that the big publicity stunt would embarrass the Russians. ( "25-Sep-13 World View -- Greenpeace tangles with the wrong country -- Russia"

Russia arrested 30 Greenpeace activists, and towed their boat back to the port of Murmansk. All 30 are expected to be held at least until November 24, but on Wednesday, 14 of them were charged with piracy, which carries a possible sentence of 15 years. The rest are expected to be charged with piracy tomorrow. Greenpeace called the piracy charges "absurd." Moscow Times

Buddhist violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar continues to spread

Large mobs with hundreds of Buddhists attacked Muslims with knives and sticks in the coastal city of Thandwe in Burma/Myanmar on Tuesday evening, stabbing one 94-year-old Muslim woman to death, and burning down dozens of homes and a mosque. Muslim residents fled into the woods to escape the attacks. Tuesday's attack is the latest in a series of attacks by Buddhists of Muslims in Burma, killing hundreds of Muslims, and displacing hundreds of thousands from their homes, forcing them into refugee camps. 

The leader of the Buddhist anti-Muslim jihad is Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, who says that he's just trying to protect Burma from Muslims. He calls his movement the "969" movement, where 969 is a historic Buddhist sign, referring to the nine qualities of Buddha, the six qualities of Buddha's teaching, and nine qualities of the Buddhist community. 969 is supposed to promote peace and happiness, although Wirathu's 969 movement is a vehicle promoting violence.

Burma's president Thein Sein has condemned the violence in general, but has refrained from criticizing Wirathu or the 969 movement. Then there's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is one of the world's Nobel Peace Prize winners, but who won't speak out against Burma's Buddhists smashing innocent Muslims.

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics it's pretty obvious that a full-scale crisis civil war building between the Buddhists and the Muslims. (See "5-Apr-13 World View -- Meiktila, Burma, violence has echoes of Kristallnacht".) That's going to explode into a major bloodbath before too much longer. LA Times and CS Monitor and CNN (April)

Venezuela's president Maduro backs Putin for Nobel Peace Price

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, and so he may be joining the esteemed ranks of president Barack Obama and Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Venezuela's president Nicolás Maduro is supporting Putin's nomination, saying: 

If anyone deserves the Nobel Peace Prize at this historic moment in time it is President Vladimir Putin, who helped stop a war that would have destroyed the lives of many who deserve to live in peace, like those of the Syrian people.

Putin has been supplying heavy weapons to Syria's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad, for use, along with chemical weapons, in genocidal slaughtering of masses of innocent Syrian civilians. Instead of Putin getting the Nobel Peace Prize, perhaps what would make the most sense of all is if al-Assad got the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on October 11. Moscow Times

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