This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- 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 Greenpeaceattempted to scale a a Gazprom offshore oil platform in the ArcticOcean, hoping that the big publicity stunt would embarrass theRussians. ( “25-Sep-13 World View — Greenpeace tangles with the wrong country — Russia”)
Russia arrested 30 Greenpeace activists, and towed their boat back tothe port of Murmansk. All 30 are expected to be held at least untilNovember 24, but on Wednesday, 14 of them were charged with piracy,which carries a possible sentence of 15 years. The rest are expectedto be charged with piracy tomorrow. Greenpeace called the piracycharges “absurd.” Moscow Times
Buddhist violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar continues to spread
Large mobs with hundreds of Buddhists attacked Muslims with knives andsticks in the coastal city of Thandwe in Burma/Myanmar on Tuesdayevening, stabbing one 94-year-old Muslim woman to death, and burningdown dozens of homes and a mosque. Muslim residents fled into thewoods to escape the attacks. Tuesday’s attack is the latest in aseries of attacks by Buddhists of Muslims in Burma, killing hundredsof 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 AshinWirathu, who says that he’s just trying to protect Burma from Muslims.He calls his movement the “969” movement, where 969 is a historicBuddhist sign, referring to the nine qualities of Buddha, the sixqualities of Buddha’s teaching, and nine qualities of the Buddhistcommunity. 969 is supposed to promote peace and happiness, althoughWirathu’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. Thenthere’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is one of the world’sNobel Peace Prize winners, but who won’t speak out against Burma’sBuddhists smashing innocent Muslims.
From the point of view of Generational Dynamics it’s pretty obviousthat a full-scale crisis civil war building between the Buddhists andthe Muslims. (See “5-Apr-13 World View — Meiktila, Burma, violence has echoes of Kristallnacht”.) That’s going to explode into a majorbloodbath 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 NobelPeace Prize, and so he may be joining the esteemed ranks ofpresident Barack Obama and Burma’s opposition leaderAung San Suu Kyi. Venezuela’s president Nicolás Madurois supporting Putin’s nomination, saying:
If anyone deserves the Nobel Peace Prize at thishistoric moment in time it is President Vladimir Putin, who helpedstop a war that would have destroyed the lives of many who deserveto live in peace, like those of the Syrian people.
Putin has been supplying heavy weapons to Syria’s psychopathicpresident Bashar al-Assad, for use, along with chemical weapons, ingenocidal slaughtering of masses of innocent Syrian civilians.Instead of Putin getting the Nobel Peace Prize, perhaps what wouldmake 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