"He's been described as the "Buddhist Bin Laden," but Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world's most famous fictional spy.
"James Bond is a nationalist," the cherub-faced monk said in a recent interview. Flashing a smile, he offered a vague recollection of a movie in which 007, in order to extract information from a woman, took her to bed.
"While he did not take much pleasure in the act," Wirathu said, "he did it for his country."
His questionable reading of Bond aside, the firebrand Wirathu firmly says he is defending Myanmar against the people he views as the country's main enemy: its Muslims." read more
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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced a proposal to seize the wages of immigrants in the country illegally, treating them as criminal proceeds, as part of a crackdown designed to reduce migration into Britain. "It has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here," Cameron declared during a speech at the Home Office, which deals with visas and work permits. "So we'll take a radical step: We'll make illegal working a criminal offense in its own right." read more
The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday urged the organization to drop its ban on gay troop leaders and other adult volunteers, saying the outdated policy would eventually crumble under the weight of social, political and legal forces. Robert Gates, the former secretary of defense, said in a speech to the Scouts' national meeting, "We can act on our own or we can be forced to act. But either way, I suspect we don't have a lot of time. ... We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be." read more
"Missouri House Speaker John Diehl resigned Thursday amid widespread criticism for sending explicit messages to an intern who worked at the state Capitol. Diehl, a Republican, was elected in 2008 and had served as House speaker since January. "I have acknowledged making a serious error in judgment by sending the text messages. It was wrong and I am truly sorry," Diehl said in a statement. He also resigned from his suburban St. Louis House seat." read more