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Burmese crowd welcomes Barack Obama's motorcade on 19 November 2012
Burmese crowd welcomes Barack Obama's motorcade on 19 November 2012
Bruno Philip

RANGOON ­–Two years after the official end of the Burmese military regime, some citizens are skeptical, whilst others remain deeply critical of the current government. Some people fear the reforms will keep running into many obstacles.

Still, there is one point everyone agrees on: the clearest sign that the democratization process is happening is that freedom of speech truly exists.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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