Planet Burma

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June 6, 2011
by Jesse Walker  
Posted in Commentary

"'Around the globe, it is democratic meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the norm.' Or so claims Joshua Kurlantzick, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations writing in the June 9 New Republic. From Venezuela to Russia, he argues, regimes are sliding toward autocratic rule. Polls show public opinion turning against self-government. Freedom House, which issues annual reports on the worldwide state of democracy, says we've been heading in the wrong direction for half a decade. 'The other countries were supposed to change Burma,' one activist tells Kurlantzick. 'Now it seems like they are becoming like Burma.' It's a dramatic story, but it isn't really accurate. We aren't on the road to Planet Burma. More likely, we're witnessing freedom's growing pains." (06/03/11)  

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