If you're an American, I'm guessing there is a good chance you don't know what's going on in Burma. Or at least I didn't, so I'm projecting my ignorance onto the entire populace to make myself feel better. But it is no secret that our national media is terribly insular, which itself contributes to our ethnocentric perception of the world (in Are We Rome?, Cullen Murphy points out that this is one of the similarities that we share with Rome of imperial times.)
So if you're like me and are seeking to become better informed, Human Rights Watch offers an overview of the current situation, as well as its usual series of articles on the on-going human rights abuses and violent suppression of those who protest the military regime that rules the country.
The Economist offers cautious optimism that a united world effort can put a stop to the military's crack-down on dissent; it also devotes one article to the nature of the current demonstrations and another about the culpability of the world for the tragedy that is taking place there.
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