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China plans to destroy an ancient Buddhist city to get the copper buried there

by Mariam Amini, CNBC, 1 Feb 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary

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Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate speech

By Desmond Ng, CNA, 9 Feb 2017

“The politics of fear overrules wisdom or compassion” in Buddhist-majority countries where anger against minorities is rising, note panellists on the programme Between The Lines.
BANGKOK, Thailand
-- The rise of hate speech in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is of grave concern and something that states should tackle, according to a noted Thai Buddhist intellectual, because of the danger it poses.

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A Buddhist Tradition to Save Animals Has Taken an Ugly Turn

By Jani Actman, National Geographic News, January 23, 2017

What began as a quest to protect wildlife is now killing animals and harming ecosystems.
Hong Kong, China
-- Claudia He Yun recently witnessed an incident outside a Buddhist temple in the Tiantai Mountains, in eastern China, that disturbed her: a group of people about to place a laptop-size turtle in a shallow moat surrounding the property. A monk stood with them reciting something, possibly a blessing for the turtle.

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Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

by Morwenna Ferrier, The Guardian, 8 January 2017

Buddhism is all about restraint and detachment, so no wonder the religion’s philosophy is proving popular at the start of a year in which many already feel anxious
London, UK
-- New year, new tenuously legitimate diet rooted in spirituality. The Buddha diet is one of January’s horde. Ostensibly rooted in sensible, restrictive eating, it’s also one of the latest examples of consumer society co-opting asceticism to sell stuff.

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Suu Kyi's Astute Move On Rohingya Issue in Myanmar

by Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 2, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- With mounting demonstrations in support of Rohingyas in fellow ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Muslim majority countries Malaysia and Indonesia, Myanmar’s de-facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi made an astute move to summon Foreign Ministers of ASEAN for a one-day “retreat” to Yangoon on December 19 to brief them on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where most Rohingyas live.

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