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West Finally Accepts Myanmar On Its Terms

By M RAMA RAO New Delhi (Syndicate Features): President Obama’s announcement Friday Nov 18 in Bali that he was sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a visit to Myanmar next month is recognition of the steady transition that the country has been making over the past one year. His announcement has coincided with the decision of ASEAN member nations to let Myanmar take over the chairmanship of their grouping in 2014. These two decisions though apparently unrelated are a signal that the long years of diplomatic isolation of the predominantly Buddhist country is about to end.  In a way,

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On the way to Myanmar’s democracy Nirvana

By Malladi Rama Rao Myanmar goes to polls on November 7 to elect its new law makers and new government, according to the brief announcement carried on the state radio and TV on Friday, Aug 13. The junta describes the one-day ballot as the final step in the roadmap to democracy, which is a very elaborate seven stage plan of Senior General Than Shwe to establish ‘discipline-flourishing democracy’ in the country. How far the forthcoming one-day election will be free and fair is any body’s guess. Political parties are denied breathing time to put their act together for contesting the

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