Political Prisoners Freed as Senator McConnell visits Burma

In another sign that the new government in Burma is committed to political reform, the regime today released 650 political prisoners, including prominent leaders of the 1988 student-led democracy movement, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, and Nilar Thein. In addition former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt was released from the house arrest imposed upon him [...]

rmese government reaches historic ceasefire ending longest-running ethnic insurgencies

The Burmese government signed a historic ceasefire agreement today ending one of the longest ethnic insurgencies in the world. The deal with the military wing of the Karen National Union appears to be further evidence of political reform in the country following the election of an ostensibly civilian government in November 2010. Blog this! Bookmark [...]

Clinton’s Visit to Burma: A Historic Occasion?

Whatever you might think, however skeptical you might be, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Burma this week is a historic moment. The last Secretary of State to visit Burma was John Foster Dulles in 1955, just seven years before the military coup that would usher in Burma’s disastrous experiment with socialism under General [...]

Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: Burma’s ethnic cleansing continues

Much has been made of late of the ‘concessions’ by the Burmese regime to dialogue and possible political liberalization that began with the release from house arrest of opposition figure, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. Indeed while such moves should be applauded and welcomed one cannot help but wonder if they [...]

The beginnings of political transition in Burma?

When Burma’s most prominent dissident and de facto opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released last November expectations of wider political reform were few and far between. Most viewed her release from house arrest as little more than a token gesture by the Burmese Junta to deflect criticism of the deeply flawed elections that [...]

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