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No more media censorship in Burma

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Truronian, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Truronian

    Truronian Quite unfamiliar Retired Moderator

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19315806

    Things are looking up for Burma: let's hope this reform sticks.
     
  2. Old Hippy

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    Well they just gained control of the "free Press" for their supporters ...


    But one can hope its a change of practice....
    http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,CPJ,,AUS,,4e241a1b28,0.html
     
  3. caketastydelish

    caketastydelish By any means necessary

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    It's Myanmar, not Burma anymore.
     
  4. Azale

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    On a faster track to democracy and individual freedoms than the old developed world!
     
  5. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    I am curious as to the reasons why Burma has been going down this route. I don't think it is an alturistic move by the Burmese generals. My best guess is that they are trying to get into the Western camp - so far it has worked with the USA and EU easing sanctions on burmese trade. Yet, simultaneously they have fractured relations with China - the giant on it's doorstep. If they were trying to align themselves with a superpower - why did they choose the slightly stagnating western world over the sino hegemon?! In fact why are they taking the risks of opening up to the international community when it will threaten there power and standard of living. Or was there position threatened by domestic pressures which was only relieved by opening up?! Any thoughts?
     
  6. Tahuti

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    China is not the same as the USA, which feels a consistent urge to force its values upon other nations. Myanmar is very close ally to China and will continue to be so in the future. Fact is, unlike America, the PRC hardly gives a damn about a nation's political choices, unless it directly affects China itself (such as the EU arms boycot). China's indifference towards a another nation's standing in the International community has been a major factor in why China could develop very close diplomatic relationships with condemned-to-vomit countries such as Israel, Russia and Iran. This is partly informed by the fact, that until very recently, China has been such country itself.

    If Myanmar is indeed trying to become democratic to fall into favor among the West, it is probably in their interest, since it won't ever effect it's ties to China. Ever.
     
  7. Flying Pig

    Flying Pig Utrinque Paratus

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    In Burmese, they're practically the same word - 'Mama' versus 'Bama'; the former simply being a more formal version.

    As for the reform, I think the proof of the pudding will have to be in the eating.
     
  8. Joecoolyo

    Joecoolyo 99% Lightspeed

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    Good on Burma, hopefully they will continue to adopt reforms and actually become a functioning democracy soon.
     

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