I HAVE OFTEN been asked when and how long my posting in Moscow was. My usual answer is about three years, from 1991 to early 1994 with a qualified clarification: one year of Gorbachev and two years of Yeltsin.
This month, two Category 4 (“major) hurricanes hit the United States within 17 days of each other. In Asia, North Korea is threatening nuclear Armageddon, and floods and famine have put thousands of lives at risk from Bangladesh to Yemen. How can one survive in this chaotic era?
Aung San Suu Kyi's opting out of the UN General Assembly session is a reflection of the same hiding syndrome that made the Rakhine state out of bounds for UN staff, aid agencies and the media for a long while. Then they gave a conducted tour of the burning villages claiming they were set ablaze, not in pursuit of a scorched earth policy but by the departing Rohingya Muslims. Warped logic!
Buddhism is a religion of peace; all religions are. Although most worshippers are born into a religion, many in the West have embraced Buddhism as a lifestyle, impressed by the philosophical teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and the all-inclusive ideology.