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DEC 18, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Burma tries 3 men on charge of insulting Buddha

RANGOON, Burma — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burmese men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones. Four prosecution witnesses testified at their first trial session Thursday. Perceived insults to the religion are taken seriously, especially in the context of religious-based violence in ...

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DEC 18, 2014 - Washington Times

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White House may welcome Cuba's Raul Castro to Washington

On the heels of a historic deal to mend relations with Cuba, White House officials on Thursday would not rule out the possibility of Cuban President Raul Castro visiting Washington. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Obama routinely visits nations such as China and Burma which, ...

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DEC 18, 2014 - The Guardian

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Burma trial begins over ‘Buddha insult’

New Zealand bar manager and two workers deny charges they insulted religion by posting advertisement with pink Buddha wearing headphonesA New Zealand bar manager and two Burmese men pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.Philip Blackwood, general manager of the V Gastro Bar, was ...

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DEC 13, 2014 - Washington Post

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WorldViews: In Burma, it’s a crime to put headphones on the Buddha

A New Zealander and two Burmese men are facing trial in Burma after being accused of insulting Buddhism. The incident stems from an advertisement for an event at their bar in the city of Rangoon, which featured an image of Buddha — wearing a set of large headphones.Read full article >>

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DEC 11, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Dam projects risk reigniting Burma's civil war

EI TU HTA REFUGEE CAMP, Burma — Burma’s government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, needed to meet economic goals and energy demands as the country opens its doors to the outside world. Yet to the Shan, Karen, Karenni and other ethnic minorities living ...

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