21 Oct '11, 9am

How far can Burma bend for change? #Myanmar

Peter Hartcher | October 18, 2011 The Age One of the world’s most famous champions of freedom, Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, spent most of the past 21 years under house arrest, considered a pariah by the military dictators who cancelled elections, shut down free speech and cut Burma off from the democratic world. A year ago it was forbidden to print her name in a newspaper. But now, the long-suffering Nobel peace prize winner is not only allowed her freedom, she was invited to a well-publicised dinner with the President and his wife. The beginning of a liberalisation in one of Asia’s most repressive countries, or a manipulative gimmick to trick the world into easing tough sanctions? When Suu Kyi was released last November and the first ”democratic elections” in 19 years were held, nobody believed that there was serious reform under way in the country that now calls itself Myan...

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