Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Burma / Myanmar / Myanma - Suu Kyi's Still Under Arrest, So Are 2,000 Others

Depending on how you look at it, Burma's Suu Kyi is back under house arrest - or still under house arrest. Her five-year sentence had been changed to an 18-month term. Then an American citizen, John Yettaw, swam to her house.

That, the military junta that runs Burma says, is a violation of her house arrest. So she's stuck for another 18 months. If the math is a little confusing, I wouldn't worry about it: my guess is that she's going to be under arrest until the ruling junta is out of power.

The country isn't "Burma," by the way, according to the junta: They like to call it Myanmar, or maybe Myanma.

John Yettaw? He's been detained, too, along with about 2,000 other political prisoners.

The CNN article gives the score, for notable people who are anything but pleased about the situation in Burma. Or Myanmar. Or Myanma.

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