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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Burma: Emerging from the Shadows

Unlike Gaddafi and Mubarak, these Generals seem to be playing their cards right.  With deliberate and calculated maneuvers, Myanmar looks to join the global economic community despite their terrible human rights record.  I guess they thought...if China can do it, why not us?  Great article...

Myanmar is winning more foreign friends while international criticism of the current and previous government's abysmal human rights records has all but ceased. Old adversaries in the United States and European Union have scrapped - or are planning to scrap - economic sanctions against the regime, and big-time multinational companies are preparing to lunge into what many seems to believe is Asia's last investment frontier. 

The reforms in Myanmar praised by Western diplomats were made public in 2003 as the "Roadmap to Discipline-Flourishing Democracy". In private, a "master plan" set out how the military would deal with the United States, break away from China's grasp, and keep the generals in power. From ceasefires to the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the regime planned exactly which buttons to press to get the West onside.


Daily Life in Burma...

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