Burma’s New Capital

Burma (or Myanmar) has officially opened its new capital – Nyapyidaw – about 400 km north of the former, Rangoon. The BBC runs an article and photoseries today, as journalists were allowed to enter the city for the first time.

The official Burmese government has yet to offer a reason for moving the capital, although rumors continue to circulate that it was done out of paranoia and fear of student protesters.

The Burmese gov. is quite possibly the most oppressive regime in the world today – but China’s thirst for cheap energy from the nation has stifled opposition from the international community.

Pres. Bush renewed sanctions against the military junta last year, which at least symbolically I agree with (I know – me and Bush agreeing? Hell must be freezing). With Burma’s regime especially, I have no doubt that any material wealth coming in is going straight to military leaders.

It’s difficult to know what it will take to catalyse progress in Burma, as the new capital is further evidence of the government’s reclusiveness and apathy.

For more Burma news, check out Fifty Viss blog – an ethnic Burmese blogger out of California.

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