Myanmar’s neo-Nazi Buddhists get free rein

Burma/Myanmar’s radical “969 movement” has been central in the recent brutal pogroms against minority Muslims that have left at least 40 dead and 12,000 displaced. The Buddhist monk-led group, however, cannot be understood outside of the interface between President Thein Sein’s government and the country’s racist society at large. Nor can it be explained without…

Google Involved in ‘Regime Change’: WikiLeaks

Top Google execs, including the company’s CEO and one of Barack Obama’s major presidential campaign donors Eric Schmidt, informed the intelligence agency Stratfor about Google’s activities and internal communication regarding “regime change” in the Middle East, according to Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks and obtained by Al-Akhbar. The other source cited was Google’s director for…

Yes, They’re White and Muslim

by Edward Williams   posted April 24, 2013 by The Root   The Boston-bombing suspects show that it’s time the media and the public redefined their view of Islam.   The American story has too long been told through a racial lens and always vis-à-vis “whiteness.” This is a dangerous premise — fortifying the principles of…

The Syria-Iran red line show

by Pepe Escobar Posted May 2, 2013 by Online Asia Times   This eminently Bushist Obama “red line” business, applied to Syria, Iran or both, is becoming a tad ridiculous. Take Pentagon head Chuck Hagel’s tour of Israel and the “friendly” GCC (the de facto Gulf Counter-revolution Club) last week. US defense contractors had the…

Myanmar’s Monks Gone Bad

Five years ago, when Myanmar was still under military rule, some Western and Chinese friends asked me how there could be such oppression in a country where Buddhism, which preaches nonviolence, is the predominant religion. I was in self-imposed exile at the time, studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong, and I would answer…