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Backstory: Burma's Transformation

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Over the last few years, Burma has been transformed from a repressive dictatorship to a developing democracy. But unlike other revolutions, this has been a top-down change. New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos talks about how Burmese citizens are responding to the rapid changes and the transition to democracy. His article, “The Burmese Spring,” appears in the August 6 issue of the magazine.

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Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Could Mr. Osnos say something about the treatment of the Rohingya people in Burma? I've read that even Aung San Suu Kyi isn't talking about them.

Aug. 02 2012 01:40 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Boy do I really resent and actually hate all these "journalists" who just parachute into a country for the first time, and suddenly they're "experts" to be invited to pontificate on NPR or other media outlets. Unless a person has actually lived and worked in a country for at least ten years, they usually don't know what they're talking about. I lived in Israel for ten years and still didn't know what was going on. You really have to live the life, know the language, know the history in depth, before you can be a credible source of information. These journalistic tourists know nothing and are untrustworthy sources of any kind knowledge.

Aug. 02 2012 01:31 PM

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