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πŸ‡²πŸ‡² An Unholy Alliance: Monks and the Military in Myanmar | Featured Documentary



With almost 90 percent of Myanmar’s population being devoted Buddhists, the religion has been at the heart of the nation’s very identity for centuries.

But while the pillars of Buddhist teachings are love, compassion and peace, there is a very different variation to the philosophy being taught at the Ma Ba Tha monastery in Yangon’s Insein township.

The monks there are connected to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, the systematic persecution and genocide of the Rohingya in Rakhine state.

Al Jazeera’s unprecedented access to the Ma Ba Tha monastery and its leaders offers a glimpse into how their ultra-nationalist agenda is becoming the blueprint for the political structure of the country. Is the joining of forces between monks and generals threatening Myanmar’s young and fragile democracy?

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30 comments

  1. Yes because we should trust what comes out of Doha no bias here folks

  2. Basically under British Empire Colonialism started the problem in Myanmar's. I'm not surprised! Same thing happen with India and Pakistan.

  3. Not buddists their terrorists

  4. This video makes me wonder the different between Buddhism teaching and how people are actually practicing Buddhism. I'm going to watch Buddhism teaching next because i am now confused after listening to that Monk.

  5. I wonder who is behind this war

  6. Rohingyas are my people. They speak my language. Religion and nationality doesn't come in between. It pains me to see that we (Indians) have failed them, disenfranchised them, even though we advertise slogans like 'Vasudevaya Kutumbakam'. Hats off to Bangladesh and her PM, they have done a lot with their meagre resources. Bengalis should look after Bengalis, no matter where they are or who they are. Times like these make me realise, how powerless I am. God help these poor people.

  7. Poor monks dont understand that rights and duties go together. Two sides of same coin…..a liberal/just social order. Those who are shouting 'human rights' are upholding their duty to demand their rights of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.

  8. Time to bring multiculturalism like "melting pot" against Myanmar! From Malaysia.

  9. God bless the Rohinya people from Thailand πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­.

  10. The people who says Bhiddist are peaceful community , they are lying the reality is they are terrorist

  11. Hope those monk are born again as worms

  12. Muslim talk about peace till they are minority…once they become 40% they will destroy other

  13. If you do not want your country destroyed by Islamist then keep them out of Myanmar. Islamist have destroyed all countries that they become the dominant population just as they have done in the Middle East which was onced dominated by Christians and Jews.

  14. its the first time in recent history that a south asian country is rising against muslim invasion. Unfortunately fighting back would lead to some unfortunate consequences . India Is with Burma and our buddhist brothers and sisters .

  15. As a muslim majority people of malaysia, we treat immigrant myanmar people nicely. I wish i could do the same to buddhist mynmar here as well as you did to muslim rohingya. I just wish its happenned😒. 😐

  16. This is a great reminder that no humans are without fault, Buddhist monks included.

  17. How strange that Punks, not Monks, bring light into darkness.

  18. U kill them because of there beliefs.
    What satanic beliefs u willing to have 🐈

  19. Karlar means brown people like refering to Black As N-word..
    People are refering it as normal word… Just Madness

  20. Still world is silent. πŸ˜”

  21. Looks like fake news with lots of botched up inputs. For example the monk singing in the background has nothing to do with Burmese tradition. He was singing a Tibetan prayer calling the Lama as source of all positive qualities.

  22. The ghost of Adolph Hitler hovers over this monastery.

  23. Who is more stupid goats or monks???

  24. Lots of critics here… FYI, all the major religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam etc – have committed atrocities throughout history. This is nothing new.

  25. *Al Jazeera is the only channel that tells muslim truth. *

  26. We should search for an English or a Jew finger in these actions!

  27. these devils in the disguse of angels deserves an atom bomb.

  28. These people along with their military are criminals from the very root of their history, since the dawn of their civilisation !!!

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