June 15, 2012

Suu Kyi: Woman Who Never Sought to Lead

Jason Burke, The Guardian

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The pro-democracy leader watched the images of violence and repression impassively. Only after the screening, when a young man, head of security for the youth wing of her National League of Democracy and one of Burma's best-known hip-hop artists, took the stage to perform did she smile. A measure of how fast Burma is changing is that the 31-year-old musician became a member of parliament in recent elections.

For a long time the world paid little attention to Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi may have enjoyed a global celebrity on a level with Nelson Mandela or the Dalai Lama but few people could pronounce her name or point on a map to the city where she lived. This too is changing.

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