Democracy Has Not Arrived in Burma

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Poi
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Democracy Has Not Arrived in Burma

Post by Poi » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:48 am

Burma just completed an election where the opposition to the junta won an overwhelming two-thirds majority victory and 75 percent of parliament seats. The national media are swirling with declarations of progress and forward movement. It's a new era in Burma. Or so the military junta there would have you believe. What no one is saying is that in reality, nothing will change.

On November 12, 2015, Rep. Ed Royce (R-California), chairperson of the powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released a statement regarding the Burmese elections, in which he completely disregarded the elephant in the room: Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the winning opposition party, will not be named president. Instead, Royce's statement swirled around the issue, claiming the opposition now "rules":

Full story: truthout

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Nyinway
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Re: Democracy Has Not Arrived in Burma

Post by Nyinway » Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:18 am

Not only Burma lacks genuine democratic norms but also lacks religious freedom and fairness. If you are NOT a Buddhist, forget about equal opportunities (for life) in Burma! Even in movies Buddhism shrines and worshipped is almost in every Myanmar movies. I suspect the Government guidelines these Buddhist scenes MUST be included in Myanmar movies (if not will be censor) which is boring to non Buddhist audience.

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