Myanmar

I still find this incredible:

Myanmar’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for the lifting of US sanctions against her country Tuesday, beginning an emotional visit to the United States that punctuated the remarkable shift in relations with Myanmar over the past year.

Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest in November 2010 and earlier this year elected to the country’s Parliament, appears to have closely coordinated her trip with Myanmar’s new government, led since April 2011 by President Thein Sein.

She is being accompanied on the visit by Aung Min, a senior aide close to the president.

Thein Sein, who has surprised many by his willingness to ease restrictions on political parties, the media, and business, has made lifting sanctions one of his highest priorities, and her remarks here Tuesday underscored the extent of their collaboration now that she, too, is in power as an elected official. Both are slated to be in New York next week during the annual opening of the UN General Assembly.

While they are not exactly allies, their relationship is considered crucial to stabilizing the country as it makes the transition from military dictatorship to a more open, if not yet democratic, system.

With all the problems in the world, it’s nice to see one place where things are definitely improving.

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