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The Burmese Aside

September 28, 2007

In delivering his speech at annual meeting of the General Assembly, President George W. Bush* highlighted a country that few Americans could find on a map – Myanmar, better known to the Western world as Burma. Burma’s plight has been the subject of little popular discussion beyond MTV’s favorite political prisoner – An Sang Su Chi, a young woman who has been under house arrest on and off for over a decade. Over the past few weeks however, the plight of the Burmese people has come under the spotlight of Western news outlets. The outbreak of rioting and civil disobedience, encouraged by populist has brought the country to the brink of implosion.

It takes the abominable harassment of monks for mainstream media to turn its eye on a problem that’s been going on for far too long. This illustrates that the reason that there is no real, deep political discussion in American today perhaps is as much the fault of a complacent and enabling media as it does with the candidates.

*http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7017369.stm

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