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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Myanmar is on President Obama's list of countries deserving of direct diplomatic engagement. Many observers are hopeful that the Southeast Asian nation of 48 million people will respond to U.S. overtures and will hold a free and fair election in fall 2010. Joshua of Burma VJ and Suzanne DiMaggio join Martin Savidge to discuss political change in Burma.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil writes about an Oscar-nominated documentary which follows the undercover reporters of Burma who put their lives at risk to defy government censorship.
Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from Myanmar, writes about the urban Burmese social scene. He describes Yangoon's "karaoke girls"-- young women from poor families who make a living offering affectionate company for the evening.
Worldfocus presents the year's highlights from our online "Perspectives" section, which features the work of regular contributors to the broadcast and website. Read their most compelling personal accounts and commentary from 2009, touching on subjects ranging from the seemingly-endless war in eastern Congo to pop culture in North Korea.
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.
Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, a research fellow at Georgetown University, recently traveled to Myanmar to research Burmese law, culture and religion. He writes about his experiences in Naypyidaw. Five years ago the Burmese military junta decided to move Myanmar’s capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw, meaning "city of kings."
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.