Aung San Suu Kyi
Today the world’s most powerful nation goes to the polls in a media-saturated celebration of democracy.
Meanwhile 60 million people in our region will wake up to another day of uncertainty, as their nation continues its slow emergence from the shadows of repression and isolation.
Burma is a long way from front page news. Apart from the stoic resistance of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi through years of house arrest, little has been heard in Australia about the nation’s struggle.
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Hopefully at some point in the near future Julia Gillard will get to hang out with the newly-elected member of the Myanmar parliament Aung San Suu Kyi and they can trade jokes about what it’s like being a woman in politics.
Of course Suu Kyi has been the beneficiary of those two killer political weapons, a husband and children, so she might have some trouble relating to the hardships our own Prime Minister faces on a daily basis.
After all, Suu Kyi might have spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest, but no one has ever called her “deliberately barren”. Her father might have been assassinated by her political rivals the year she was born, but I bet Germaine Greer thinks her stylish backside is just fine.
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This is a house of arrest.
For 13 years Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader has been imprisoned here having been refused the right to say goodbye to her dead husband or to meet with her two sons.
One of 2000 political prisoners currently being held by a military dictatorship in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi recently endured a three month trial, following the arrival of an American who swam into her home uninvited, that ruled she will remain detained here for a further 18 months.
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