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If anyone is interested…

The First Annual
Wisdom of Mindfulness Retreats Myanmar

This historic event marks an unprecedented opportunity for Westerners to practice
mindfulness meditation where the world-wide mass lay meditation movement began.

Retreat 1: Jan 3-17, 2016 (open to all) (25 spaces)
Retreat 2: Jan 24-Feb 7 (for meditation teachers) (25 spaces)

Further details and online application at:

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Fraudsters cash in on Myanmar, China

Fraudsters cash in on heartbreak –

It had to happen (and frankly, we’re surprised the scams didn’t start even more quickly). With the plight of earthquake and cyclone victims in China and Myanmar hitting he headlines — and our hearts — every day, it didn’t take aid scammers long to put together phony relief campaigns and solicit donations. More on this below. …

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Myanmar shuns aid from US warships

The United States, as well as France and Great Britain, have naval vessels loaded with humanitarian supplies off the Myanmar coast, and had been waiting for a green light to deliver them. The article did not say whether the French and British supplies would be allowed.

The state media report said that other U.S. aid airlifted into the country was welcome, an apparent reference to ongoing relief flights, which land in the country about five times a day. American officials are required to hand the aid to Myanmar authorities upon landing in Yangon, from which it is a difficult journey to the Irrawaddy delta.

State media: Myanmar shuns aid from US warships

Clearly the Burmese junta’s agenda is twofold: get rid of a lot of ethnics that they find undesirable and blame it on the cyclone, and divert portions of the aid to their own coffers. There is no other sensible explanation. Reminiscent of Katrina, actually.

Since most of the generals have never been out of Burma, it’s too bad there’s no hell; they could finally get to know other so-called “leaders.”

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Buddhism, democracy and dictators

It seems that both Thailand and Burma are struggling with intense and immense pressures, most of them internally created, but also many from abroad. The latter pressures are generally dismissed by the two as outside interferences, as unwarranted intervention or more plainly as Western imperialism. With the generals of both nations proudly geared up in the latest scrambled-egg-covered uniforms and ruled by an elite that sweeps aside freedom movements as easily as dust under the carpet, the future for the general populace in both countries is bleak at best, at least in the next 20-50 years.
Buddhism, democracy and dictators –

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Myanmar “approves” new constitution

Myanmar approves new constitution while it reels – Yahoo! News

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta announced Thursday that a pro-military constitution has won overwhelming support in a referendum, which was held despite widespread criticism and in the midst of a national tragedy — a devastating cyclone that the Red Cross says may have killed more than 125,000 people.

State radio said the draft constitution, which critics dismissed as a sham document designed to entrench the military’s rule, was approved by 92.4 percent of the 22 million eligible voters. It put voter turnout at more than 99 percent.

And if you believe that, they have some waterfront property you might be interested in, as well.

Those people are still dragging their feet on cooperating with relief efforts, and are diverting relief supplies to their own purposes. They are EVIL — that’s the only word that fits.

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Burmese Government’s Failure to Act May Destabilize Country

While the Burmese government’s actions in the wake of the cyclone are rooted in its ties to the Buddhist religion, they threaten to destabilize the unique triangular relationship between the government, the people and the monks.

Buddhism is central to Burma, and perhaps 80 percent of the country’s 48 million people are practicing Buddhists in the Theravada tradition. The sangha, or monastic community, comprises 400,000 monks and nuns, equal in size to the armed forces. In Burmese history, the monks served as intermediaries between the kings and the peasantry.

Burmese junta stonewalling on cyclone aid