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A Pope for our time

Crikey readers talk e-cigarettes, Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and why this Pope is dope.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on the past, the future, and the need for mercy

The Burmese democracy fighter spoke in Sydney last night on sacrifice, the 2015 elections in her country, and the need to temper justice by mercy. She visits Melbourne and Canberra next.

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Burma backgrounder: it is not a democracy (yet)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in Australia not just to thank those who have supported her. She’s heading up a strategic, concrete push to bring democracy to Myanmar via constitutional reform.

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Tips and rumours

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

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Can Aung San Suu Kyi turn Myanmar around?

Observers are celebrating Myanmar’s recent steps towards reform and a new openness, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision to run for president. But can she create the change needed, or is Myanmar too far gone?

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Myanmar’s getting better — but there’s a long way to go

Myanmar’s president — currently in Australia — is driving a range of social, political and economic reforms in the former military dictatorship. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, writes Victoria Bruce in Myanmar.

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Pariah Myanmar comes out as relations thaw

Burmese president Thein Sein is visiting Australia as tensions thaw between the West and Myanmar. But significant questions surrounding human rights remain.

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Obama wins hearts in Myanmar, where sanctions still hurt

Burmese people have generally welcomed Barack Obama’s visit — but even the US President doesn’t get as much applause as Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar-based journalist Victoria Bruce talks to locals.

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No Brownie points in royal rebuff: who else ditched the Queen?

After 50 years, the Guides have dropped their oath of allegiance to the Queen — and Burmese democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi could replace her.

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Plea from Burma: ‘we are helpless, please save our people’

Reports of ethnic cleansing, state-sanctioned murder, mass rape and the razing of villages continue to emerge from Burma’s west, Nigel O’Connor, a freelance journalist, reports.

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Burma’s next step on the democratic road

It’s hard to think of a byelection anywhere, or even a bunch of them together, that have attracted as much interest as the Burmese polls on Sunday.

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Burma’s parliament emerges from the shadows

While international attention has focused on the main personalities negotiating historic changes in Burma, the national legislature has begun flexing its muscles, writes an Inside Story correspondent in Rangoon.

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A day of shame for the Australian Reserve Bank.

Australia has its first ever prosecution under foreign bribery legislation.

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Could someone win the Nobel prize twice?

The betting markets on who will win the Nobel Peace Prize have opened Aung San Suu Kyi as the favourite. She, after-all, won the prize back in 1991 and it would be an amazing thing to win again 20 years later. Can she win again? asks Richard Farmer.

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Burma’s First Lady of freedom

Read this intriguing indepth profile on recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, Crikey’s person of the decade. Interviewer Hannah Beech dodges government spies trailing her taxi in order to interview the famous Burmese political leader.

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Crikey’s Readers’ Choice Person of the Decade

It may seem odd that the Crikey’s readers’ choice for Person of the Decade is a woman who spent the majority of the decade under house arrest, out of the public eye and banned from speaking to the media… but it’s the mark of a decade of very powerful silence.

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We reserve the right to argue with you. So there.

Happy end of 2010 … we made it. Just.

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Background briefings cui bono?

One of the fascinating things about the media is how frequently the “facts” reported about an event differ between media outlets while, simultaneously, the supposed meaning of the events are interpreted in remarkably similar ways. Noel Turnbull looks to Burma.

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PHOTO GALLERY: The unseen family album of Aung San Suu Kyi

As Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her 65th birthday, The Guardian shows previously unreleased photos of the leader as a young bride and mother.

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Aung San Suu Ki to be freed?

A senior Burmese diplomat has announced plans for the release of Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following her latest 6 years of house arrest. But is this just another false alarm?

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Even without blood money, Burma is bled dry

Recently there has been a call for tougher sanctions for Aussie businesses wanting to deal in Burma. But how effective are sanctions when Burma’s military tentacles are wrapped so tight?

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American rescued from Burma; Suu Kyi left to pay the price

John Yettaw, the American whose attempt to make contact with Aung San Suu Kyi cost the Burmese opposition leader an extra 18 months under house arrest has himself been released from imprisonment. Suu Kyi, meanwhile, remains under lock and key to pay the price for his stupidity.

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Burma back in the international spotlight

Pressures from the international community are mounting on Burma’s junta, following the increase of Aung San Suu Kyi’s home detention sentence and concerns of nuclear weapons.

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Buddhist monks are key in the battle for Burma

In light of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent re-sentencing, foreign leaders are once again speaking out against the country’s repressive military junta. But to win over the Burmese people, foreign powers must first win over the country’s Buddhist monks, says the Christian Science Monitor.

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The solitary life of Aung San Suu Kyi

Reading and meditation, day in day out: such has been the life of imprisoned Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the last 13 years, and with yesterday’s sentencing, one to which she will return for another 18 months.

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