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I note from a report today that the Burmese opposition leader and national heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, hopes that she will see fully democratic elections in her homeland in her lifetime. In theory, that country now has a democratic government. However, the recently elected president is a general who set his commission aside so he could run for office, and the state is still denying that it holds any political prisoners, as the world knows it does. I hope that ASSK achieves her ambition, but it’s a  concern that in a nation recently famous for its secrecy and brutality, there is a very obvious way of ensuring that she doesn’t.

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