When Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s iconic pro-democracy leader, told villagers  affected by the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division on Wednesday that their struggle against the project was “in vain,” a new era in Burmese politics began.
The positive changes in Burma have taken many political pundits and observers by surprise. After decades of nothing but grim news, some say that the country is finally undergoing a remarkable transformation. But not everyone is convinced.
Burma’s richest tycoons are back in the news again—not for their shady ties to Burma’s former ruling generals, but because of their recent efforts to cozy up to the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Pentagon’s decision to open up military ties with the Burmese armed forces has come just weeks after US President Barack Obama visited the once-isolated nation.
The violent crackdown against demonstrators at the copper mine in Letpadaung, near Monywa in Sagaing Division, could lead to a political showdown if the government doesn’t handle the matter in a careful and timely manner.
During his tentatively planned visit to Southeast Asia later this month, reports spreading in social media indicate that US President Barack Obama will come to Burma. Should this prove correct, he would be the first US president to visit in more than half-a-century.
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