Myanmar: Real reform or a fake-out?

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October 16, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in PND News

"After nearly a half century of brutal military rule, Burma's government, which formally made the transition to a civilian government in March, has made a series of reforms that could signal more than superficial reform. Burma (Myanmar) is no stranger to public relations efforts. It periodically releases large numbers of prisoners out of 'goodwill.' In May, military rulers released some 14,000 prisoners. In 2009, the country released around the same number, but in both instances, only a tiny percentage were considered 'political.' Still, the amnesty of thousands of prisoners, the induction of a parliament, the scrapping of a major dam project, and a number of other more minor actions ... seem to indicate a noticeable shift." (10/16/11)  

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