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Old 03-25-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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So their hero/figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of a famous Burmese patriot and herself an inspiration figure for the Burmese people and freedom, is released and has began campaigning. I don't know what her prospects actually are, but I feel hopefully for the future of Myanmar. Can't really see how much worse it will get. If it becomes a fully functioning economic member of SE Asia I can see it rising quickly.

If the dictatorship were toppled I think tourism would increase greatly since the place abounds in attractions. Even the name Burma, or Mandalay, conjure up exotic visions of a tropical, oriental paradise. Hopefully Yangon won't become like Bangkok or even Luang Prabang, but will maintain it's old world charm while the standard of living for the people improve.

Myanmar will remain an agricultural society for the forseeable future, but hopefully with democracy there will be real change.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Their current situation is slightly similar with the Philippines in the 1980s. When a woman, Corazon Aquino, ran for leadership against Marcos.
Aquino won, the constitution was rewritten. But what's interesting is, their economy slowly fell.
Their present government is claiming their GDP increased dramatically since those days, but only the rich corporates seems to feel this. While the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is nearly becoming low class.

I don't know. Just a thought.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:52 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Their current situation is slightly similar with the Philippines in the 1980s. When a woman, Corazon Aquino, ran for leadership against Marcos.
Aquino won, the constitution was rewritten. But what's interesting is, their economy slowly fell.
Their present government is claiming their GDP increased dramatically since those days, but only the rich corporates seems to feel this. While the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is nearly becoming low class.

I don't know. Just a thought.
Interesting, but of course each nation is very different. Myanmar has never really thrived since independence, unlike the Philippines which fell from even before Marcos.

Of course Suu Kyu might lack practical experience and if she wins take time to get to grips with things, that can't be helped.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Mount of Showing the Way
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