Myanmar has announced elections will take place in fall 2010, but no exact date has been set. The country has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Worldfocus spoke to Professor David Williams for more on the significance of the events.
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In recent months, U.S. policy on the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar has been shifting toward greater engagement. Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from Myanmar and is of Burmese descent, argues that ineffective U.S. sanctions have mainly caused suffering for the Burmese people.
Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from a trip to Yangon and Naypyidaw, writes about how Myanmar is preparing for elections next year in accordance with its new constitution. Myanmar's ruling junta has placed strict limits on the elections, but they may offer a chance for limited civilian participation.
PBS Wide Angle's "Eyes of the Storm" provides a glimpse inside secretive Myanmar, focusing on children who were orphaned by Cyclone Nargis last year -- a storm that killed more than 130,000 people and left millions homeless.
In Myanmar, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested again on Thursday and charged with violating the terms of her house arrest, which was supposed to conclude at the end of this month. An American man, John William Yettaw, swam across a lake and spent time at her home, though she reportedly told him to leave.