Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a country whose military holds absolute power by way of force.
The generals and the army stand accused of horrific human rights abuses, including the forcible relocation of civilians and the widespread use of forced labor, which includes children. Corruption is the key word to describe Burma as a whole.
Politics and the economy are altered and corrupt due to the leadership of the country. Military-run enterprises control key industries, and corruption and severe mismanagement are the staples of the countries black market economy.
The media in Burma is altered and corrupt as well. The Burmese media have been strictly controlled since the 1962 military coup. Anything that appears to place the military in a bad light is to be removed from print. "Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has placed Burma among the bottom 10 countries in its world press freedom ranking. It cites "relentless advance censorship" and the imprisonment of journalists and bloggers."
Country officials are constantly trying to block websites that "suspicious" words like the military, drugs, democracy etc.
Most recently, in March 2011 Burma elected a new leader, President Thein Sein. Thein Sein was sworn into office in March 2011, launching a technically civilian government to replace almost 50 years of military rule.