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August 18th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Aung San Suu Kyi revives her political campaign: iReport

In Myanmar, a witness to history. Here is eyewitness video of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in rural Myanmar filed by iReporter Htoo Tay Zar. This is Suu Kyi's first political tour since her house arrest was lifted in November.

Two months ago on News Stream, I interviewed U.S. Senator John McCain who had traveled to Myanmar. He met with Suu Kyi along with senior government leaders. McCain called for specific, concrete action before the U.S. would consider lifting sanctions - the unconditional release of more than 2,000 political prisoners and guarantees of the safety of Suu Kyi as she travels around the country.

Now free, Suu Kyi is making her first trip into the countryside since her 2003 tour ended in house arrest. She is reviving her political campaign... and the military junta is no doubt watching closely.

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  1. Mário Silva

    ..."McCain called for specific, concrete action before the U.S. would consider lifting sanctions"...says everything there is to say about the content of this Post,...
    Between Buddhist monks and Hindu monks Myanmar already has problems coming. You do not need more. Religion has always been a source of political power and in this case it is a very acute issue...
    On the other hand is a target path for energy transport between different policies.....I think that i play with the sense of McCain,...

    August 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Reply
  2. Dejan

    Everything seems to depend on the mincteaanne of free trade, which seems to be undermining our democracy and manufacturing base here at home. Has WRM really thought this thing through? I won't presume to speak for WRM (good grief, I can barely speak for myself sometimes). But so far at least in Burma the trends towards freer trade and greater political liberalization seem to be moving in tandem. Which is a good deal more than one could EVER say of our free trade with mainland China. Of course it's likely much too early to tell, but at this stage my gut instinct suggests at least two cheers are in order for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speaking of which (and not that it's any of MY business, but) do you suppose we might in future refrain from language about ententes and how cordial they're getting however much some of us may genuinely approve of both? I know that for me both noun and adjective are a little too resonant of a certain 1914 for personal comfort. And I believe I'm as enthusiastic a Great Gamer as anybody. And yet isn't that the whole point of playing the Game, as I understand both Britain and Russia played it in the 19th century that your rival can be by turns and for different purposes both your competitor AND your collaborator? In any case, I'm sure lots of us would much prefer the analogy of China playing Tsarist Russia to our Tory Britain, as opposed to (God help us all) China playing Wilhelmine Germany to our Wilsonian America.

    September 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply

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