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Posted: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:26:46 +0000
The following originally appeared in the South China Morning Post.
Today, the anniversary of Burma’s independence from British colonial rule in 1948, reminds Burmese—wherever they live—of what might have been. In post–World War II Southeast Asia, Burma was the “It” country and the top contender for the region’s first “tiger” economy. Rich in natural and people resources, Burma had one of the highest literacy rates in the world and a prestigious university system. Burma also enjoyed one of the freest presses in Asia, with more than 30 daily newspapers in many languages. Can it ever be so again?