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Friday, May 15, 2009

BBC: Why is Burma's junta afraid of Suu Kyi?

By Jonathan Head 
BBC News, Bangkok

Excerpt: "But why go to such lengths to confine a woman who has already spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention, and has had little opportunity to run her increasingly demoralized and divided party?"


Very interesting. I can't say I know much about Burma and Suu Kyi, but this article is pretty good summary of why she's been held under house arrest/prison for so long... 13 out of 19 years because of a pro democracy stance! Who is this American man that gave the government there an excuse to imprison her again? I can see why Suu Kyi's supporters are angry with him, especially since they can't similarly express their anger at the miitary dictatorship in Burma, without landing in jail themselves. I'm all for patient progress, but perhaps the world can put a little more pressure on Burma for more political freedom. I probably shouldn't hold my breath. 

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