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Aung San Suu Kyi Released From House Arrest

abstract:At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest in her home country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) where she has been cloistered for 15 out the past 20 years. The first thing out of her courageous mouth was her pledge to continue to strive for democracy in her country through "a peaceful revolution" between her people and the ruling military regime. Watching the video of her first interview with BBC Correspondent John Simpson was reminiscent of Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island after his long incarceration. The march of world progress, technology and the things people in the free world take for granted, appear new and strange to Aung. She talked on a cellular phone for the first time, and didn't much like it. For a woman of 65 she looks youthful, almost preserved in time since with beautiful skin and a serenely optimistic outlook. The ruling military power recently conducted its first election in 20 years. It has not been sanctioned by UN officials.


November 15, 2010
— The stance of America to the situation now is surprising in its lack of Imperial rhetoric. The most senior American diplomat in Burma, Charge d'Affaires Larry Dinger, told the BBC, "The US wanted to encourage reconciliation between the Burmese government and Ms Suu Kyi but no more. I don't think it's for the United States to determine her course or Burma's course, frankly. From our perspective it's for the Burmese people to work that out," he said.

When I began to look for books and material on this topic for our readers to explore I discovered what rock star status Aung has achieved. There are movies, music, t-shirts as well as the books; some here written by Aung herself, with others about her and her country's plight. What follows is a short list. For an 1930's colonial perspective from the great British writer George Orwell is Burmese Days: A Novel.

  • In the film category you can get a vivid picture of the history of Burma through the now classic film "Beyond Rangoon" that starred Patricia Arquette and with director John Boorman.

  • The Voice of Hope: Updated and Revised Edition by Aung San Suu Kyi

  • Letters from Burma
  • I Stand With Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirt from Amnesty International
  • The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Theme I



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