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Myanmar: Buddhist Monks Arrested with Weapons Arsenal, 4 Mil Meth Pills

Myanmar: Buddhist Monk Arrested with Weapons Arsenal, 4 Million Meth Pills

The government of Myanmar arrested a Buddhist monk on Tuesday for hiding over four million methamphetamine pills and a cache of “a grenade and ammunition” in his monastery. The incident highlights one of the world’s most sprawling drug epidemics in a nation former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has regaled as an Obama White House success story.

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Chanting Monks Top Billboard Chart for Third Week in a Row

A Benedictine community of monks from Norcia, Italy, has released an album of heavenly strains of Gregorian chant that is enjoying extraordinary success. The CD not only debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s classical chart, but has held top billing for the third straight week.

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New Zealander Sentenced to Prison for Bar Ad with Picture of Buddha Wearing Headphones

Freedom of speech and expression have come under scrutiny with a vengeance recently. In Burma (Myanmar), it was taken to a whole new level when a bar manager from New Zealand and his two Burmese colleagues were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison–with hard labor—for posting an image on social media of a Buddha wearing headphones, in an attempt to promote unlimited frozen margaritas.