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is really boring.
She's just a shit Nelson Mandela.
But the missus got in an almighty huff when I said it to her. Probably displacement.
I hardly know er!
Conductors in orchestras don't do anything either.
Re-registering the NLD and joining the political process at this point was premature. There are still shitloads of political prisoners, and minorities such as the Rohingya people are still being slaughtered. The NLD previously said they would not participate in mainstream politics until these things were remedied. They haven't been remedied, and now the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi look weak.
Ceasefire agreements with ethnic insurgency groups - if they hold - will merely open the door to rampant commercial exploitation of their lands. Already there are trade delegations from all over the world flying into Burma to get their slice of the action. Corruption and bribery in the Shin & Karen states is massive, and runaway development under these circumstances will spell environmental disaster & economic exploitation.
Thein Sein's reformist intentions appear to be genuine but the existing Constitution is a huge problem. The military can still bring the whole thing down at a moment's notice if they want to, as the Constitution pre-authorises a military coup if it's deemed to be in the interests of "national salvation".
The only thing guaranteed to keep the military from reclaiming power is money, and that's partly why Burma is going flat-out for economic development now that sanctions are being relaxed. But what Burma needs is social development - the health & education systems are a shambles, and there's a complete absence of government agencies that might uphold the rule of law, oversee transfer of property rights, assess development deals, carry out environmental impact assessments etc etc. Without any of this infrastructure in place, people are just going to be fucked over left right & centre.
The irony is that things were going very badly for the military regime. Army morale was sub-zero, with escalating defections from officers as well as rank & file. News of the Arab uprisings was beginning to foment public unrest. The regime saw the writing on the wall and offered the NLD a deal - and Aung San Suu Kyi, in accepting the deal, thereby threw the regime a lifeline.
bloody career politicians