Can the Burmese people rescue themselves?
A powerful piece
by George Packer in the New Yorker
on the recent history and current conditions in Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest has been extended.
The leader of Burma's
democracy movement and a Nobel laureate
, Suu Kyi
was arrested a year and a half ago after her motorcade was attacked
. Many prisoners in Burma
(a.k.a. Myanmar) were recently released, but this is widely seen
as a political ploy
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"Why isn't Burma on Bush's 'Axis of Evil' list?"
A fair question considering the threat to its neighbors from its drugs and weapons trades, its nuclear ambitions, and its continuing horrible treatment of its own people
. And though Aung San Suu Kyi was released
shortly after Kurlantzick's article was written, the junta still has not held substantive talks
with her, but they have continued with their plans to build a nuclear reactor
(perhaps they're looking for a promotion from the measly 'Axis of Occasionally Evil'