Burma on the Brink: Can a Southeast Asia Disaster Zone Achieve Democracy and Environmental Justice?


Edith Mirante


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Director of an information project on Burma since 1986, Mirante will describe the challenges facing Burma's people as they use various tactics to expose human rights violations and return to democracy after several decades of brutal military dictatorship. The cataclysmic effects of Cyclone Nargis and the inspiration of the Buddhist monks' Saffron Revolution, Aung San Suu Kyi's brave voice for nonviolent change and the frontier areas' long‑running civil war are all elements of a beleaguered but fascinating crossroads of Southeast Asia. From her firsthand experience, Ms. Mirante will reveal how the extraordinary people of Burma try to protect their forests and rivers aga inst rampant exploitation and what the international community can do to help

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