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Latest update : 2017-09-21

Rohingya crisis: Monks with an ultranationalist agenda

During Burma's half a century of military dictatorship, the country's Buddhist monks became one of the main pillars of non-violent protest against the junta. But in the last few years, as Burma has begun inching towards more democracy, Burmese Buddhism has witnessed the emergence of "radical Buddhists" within its ranks.

Monks with an ultranationalist agenda have no qualms calling for violence against those that they accuse of threatening Burma's national identity, especially the Muslim Rohingya minority. While ongoing military operations in Burma's Rakhine State have caused 400,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, France 24's Clovis Casali takes a closer look at these ultranationalist monks and how they are reaching an ever-growing audience in the Burmese population.

By Clovis CASALI , Charles DUPOIZAT

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2018-07-20 Europe

Knife crime on the rise in London

The homicide rate has surged in the British capital this year. On average, one person is now killed every three days in London. Murder victims are getting younger and often come...

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2018-07-19 Europe

Spain's strawberry farms from hell

Spain's south-western Huelva region is known around the world for its strawberries. The fruit-picking season lasts three months and attracts workers from Eastern Europe and...

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2018-07-18 Asia-pacific

Young women in China go under the knife to improve job prospects

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2018-07-17 Charlotte PRUDHOMME

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2018-07-16 Sylvain LEPETIT

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

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