Happy New Year in Burma!

Burma is, for the first time, celebrating New Year today!  For the first time it is legal for the public to gather and count down until midnight.  Previously, under Burma’s intermittent 50 year military dictatorship, any form of public gathering had been seen as a threat.  This is another positive sign that the country is stepping into the 21st century and will be another triumph for Aung San Suu Kyi, Member of Parliament (how wonderful is it to be able to say that?  And to think, one day, it may even be President Suu Kyi…).  Burma’s road won’t be smooth, with developing ethnic violence set to be the country’s greatest problem, and it’s entirely possibly that elements of the military will decide enough’s enough and pull the plug.  Nevertheless, this is one more positive step for the country.

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