YANGON—Here Burma, where political change has been numbingly slow for a half-century, a new leadership is trying to embrace rapid transition from within. The government has freed political prisoners, held elections (with more on the way), begun economic reform, and is intensively courting foreign investment.
Friday was a day of celebration for two men who were wrongly accused of murder and finally freed from prison after thirty-nine long years. Ricky Jackson, 57, and Wiley Bridgeman, 60 were convicted of murder of a Harold Franks, a bus... Read Post
When I was in Rangoon not long ago, reporting “The Burmese Spring” (available to subscribers), nobody I met seemed more energized by the signs of political change than Burmese reporters. For decades, until Burma’s military dictators... Read Post