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Facebook ‘ban’ of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry

YANGON: Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday (May 29) after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word “kalar” – often used as a slur against Muslims – at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country. Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, …

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Ma Ba Tha Lay Members Announce Plan to Form Political Party

RANGOON — Leading laypersons from Burma’s biggest Buddhist nationalist group, the Association to Protect Race and Religion—commonly known as Ma Ba Tha—have announced that they will soon form a political party. Maung Thway Chon, one such Ma Ba Tha member, revealed the plan on Sunday after the association’s two-day meeting in Rangoon. …

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