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Backstory: The Latest On Burma

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We’ll look at the political situation in Burma, and the problems presenting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. We’ll speak with New Yorker writer Joshua Hammer, his article "A Free Woman," appears in the January 24 issue of the New Yorker.

Guests:

Joshua Hammer

Comments [1]

lance rutledge from Brooklyn

I read Mr. Hammer's article in the New Yorker and thought it was especially relevant to the issue of China and it's Human rights record addressed by Hilary Clinton and President Obama during the Chinese president's visit. It's not only that the Chinese government seems indifferent to individual human rights in China, whether it's concerning Tibetans, Ughers, democracy advocates, etc. but it 's willing to do business with horribly repressive regimes like the Burmese Junta, which is involved in ethnic cleansing, torture, and is indifferent to the continued suffering of it's populace. It's business as usual at any cost. This is what I think Obama is referring to when he speaks about the responsibilities of a world class power.
Yet How can we expect China to care about human rights issues in other countries when it hardly recognizes them in in it's own.

Jan. 20 2011 11:20 AM

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