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God and Government: Myanmar's religious freedom crisis
June 08, 2018
Myanmar's dominant Buddhist identity, intimately connected to the country's post-colonial independence, is contributing to violence against religious minorities. 
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Colonial legacy fueling Myanmar’s anxiety over national identity June 08, 2018
Myanmar's ethnic cleansing and the use of rape as a weapon of war has generated global condemnation. Yet not long ago Myanmar was hailed for its transition from a military junta to a fledgling democracy. At the center of this conflict is the question of national identity, which was heavily influenced by the independence movement in response to colonization by the British Empire. 

Pastor Bob Roberts Jr., founder of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas
Harrison Akins, research fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Howard Baker Center for Public Policy
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Myanmar’s rising Islamophobia June 08, 2018
In recent years, several mosques around Myanmar have been attacked and Buddhist nationalists have pressured authorities to close down Muslim religious schools -- or madrassas -- in Yangon, the country’s largest city. We hear from a journalist tracking how other, non-Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are faring amid this growing nationalism and he gives us an update on what’s happening today. Produced by Axel Kronholm.

Axel Kronholm, independent journalist 

A previous version of this story incorrectedly stated that Muslims in Yangon have nowhere else to pray but in their homes and informal gatherings; it has been corrected to reflect this refers to Muslims in Thaketa township in Yangon.

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How Buddhism fits into Myanmar's nationalist narrative June 08, 2018
The extreme violence at the hands of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar contradicts popular western stereotypes of this faith tradition. In Myanmar, Theraveda Buddhism -- a more literalist, conservative tradition - is dominant. Our guest tells us that like all religions, Buddhism is not immune to extremism. And in Myanmar it’s inspiring support for nationalism - and violence against perceived "outsiders."

Susan Hayward, senior adviser of religion and inclusive studies at the U.S. Institute of Peace
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Web Bonus: What can you do? June 11, 2018
Pastor Bob Roberts, of Northwood Church in Texas, offers a few suggestions of how to help the Rohingya refugees in the Cox's Bazar district in Bangladesh, including sending money through reputable organizations on the ground like USAID to plant bamboo ahead of expected flooding.