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Yet in the last couple of years, and in spite of sham elections, the pace...
Yet in the last couple of years, and in spite of sham elections, the pace of change has been breathtaking. Much is now hoped for. However, Burma is one of the most ethnically diverse nations in SE Asia: there are roughly seven major ethnic groups living along its borders. They have a long history of conflict with the government and have been cruelly treated by the current regime. Their future affects the country as a whole, as Benedict Rogers explains. Drawing heavily on his many fact-finding visits both inside Burma and along its frontiers, he gives a unique appraisal of the current ethnic situation and its implications for the nation as a whole.
Wide-ranging, expertly researched, and full of brand new accounts of the courage and determination of the Burmese people, Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads explains the country's conflicted history, as well as its contemporary struggle for justice. Burma stands poised for freedom, or for further repression. No one can be sure. This fascinating and accessible book describes what is really happening inside this beautiful, secretive, and potentially prosperous country.
Map of Burma xii
Author's Note xiii
Foreword The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu xvi
1 From Rice Bowl to Basket Case 1
2 Cry Freedom 19
3 A Campaign of Brutality in the East 49
4 A Silent Cry in the North 84
5 A Cross to Bear in the West 104
6 A Stateless People 127
7 Defectors, Deserters and Child Soldiers 139
8 The Torture Chambers 148
9 Bloody Spots and Discarded Flip-Flops: The Saffron Revolution 172
10 Cyclone Nargis 189
11 Out of Uniform but Still in Power 204
12 The Future? 218
Further Information 255