Magazine article New Internationalist

Burma A Nation at the Crossroads

Magazine article New Internationalist

Burma A Nation at the Crossroads

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Burma A Nation at the Crossroads by Benedict Rogers (Rider Books ISBN 9781846043468)

Accounts of contemporary Burma often become over-reliant on a few iconic stories: Aung San Suu Kyi's years of sacrifice in her standoff with the generals; the Saffron Revolution of 2007; and, for those with longer memories, the student-led uprising of 1988. They are crucial to the transitions Burma is experiencing today - but the diversity of the country's people and their myriad struggles can get lost.

This book is dedicated to the people of Burma and, creditably, it also provides a comprehensive introduction to the problems besetting the numerous ethnic nationalities who have suffered the most under the military heel. Its wealth of detail is skilfully intertwined with numerous individual stories that ring out like a chorus in this Burmese tragedy, sharpening moral outrage at the scale of human rights abuse and illustrating the strength and resilience of those who, in spite of the dangers, work for a better future. …

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