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It wasn’t long ago that Yangon was a sleepy place. Electricity was at best erratic, internet and phone connections scant, buildings crumbly, business slow and roads lightly trafficked.
At the Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw there are cabinets devoted to the peace-making exploits of ....
In the old days it wasn’t easy to get to know Myanmar government officials. The system was designed to discourage too much fraternization with visiting foreigners.
Myanmar’s university students are known at home and abroad for their strident activism against dictatorship. In the old days, grainy images of defiant marchers, demanding greater rights and an end to authoritarian rule, circulated around the world.
Later this year the government will release more results from the 2014 census. We have already learned that Myanmar’s population is 51,419,420, which is somewhat lower than many had guessed.