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From Prison to Parliament: Burma Pro-Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Seat in Landmark Vote | Democracy Now!

After more than 15 years in detention, Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among supporters. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party had not participated in Burma’s politics since 1990, when it won a landslide victory in a general election but remained unrecognized by the military junta. We speak ...

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Burma celebrates Aung San Suu Kyi’s apparent landslide election victory | The Guardian

The streets of Rangoon echoed with cheers on Sunday after unofficial results indicated Aung San Suu Kyi had won a parliamentary seat in a landmark election that could see the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner take public office for the first time. “We won! We won!” chanted her supporters as they crowded the pavement in their thousands outside her ...

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Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen? | The Nation

On February 2, 2011, President Obama called Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The two discussed counterterrorism cooperation and the battle against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. At the end of the call, according to a White House read-out, Obama “expressed concern” over the release of a man named Abdulelah Haider Shaye, whom Obama said “had been sentenced to five ...

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US seeks missile-defense shields for Asia, Mideast | Reuters

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to a controversial defense system in Europe, a s enior Pentagon official disclosed on Monday. The effort may complicate U.S. ties with Russia and China, both of which fear such defenses could harm their security ...

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Journalist Seeking Truth About Khmer Rouge ‘Fears for His Life’ | RSN

One of Cambodia’s leading journalists and foremost researchers on the Khmer Rouge has told the Guardian he fears for his life after a two-year harassment campaign by state security forces he claims are attempting to prevent him from completing his latest film about the Killing Fields. Award-winning film-maker Thet Sambath – whose 2010 documentary about the Khmer Rouge, Enemies of ...

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Along Korea’s DMZ, No Sign That Tensions Are Easing | NPR

As part of his visit to South Korea for the Nuclear Security Summit with 52 other heads of state Monday, President Obama is paying a visit to the military armistice line that has divided the Koreas. North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un made an unannounced visit to the DMZ earlier this month. There have been hopes that the recent ...

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Western countries scramble for Afghan exits | Asia Times Online

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – As international forces prepare for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Western countries are already in talks with Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbors to bring their troops and military equipment back home. The Pakistani route and the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) running through Central Asian countries are the two viable routes for international forces to withdraw from Afghanistan. The United States ...

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Winds of change blow through China as spending on renewable energy soars | The Guardian

The remote, wind-blasted desert of northwestern Gansu could be the most unloved, environmentally abused corner of China. It is home to the country’s first oilfield and several of the coalmines and steel factories that have contributed to China’s notoriety as the planet’s biggest polluter and carbon dioxide emitter. But in the past few years, the landscape has started to undergo ...

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