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Why is Burma's Junta Afraid of Suu Kyi? BBC | The saga of Burma's long-embattled opposition leader took a turn for the worse after authorities arrested her on account of an American man's visit to her home, where she has been detained on and off for almost two decades. The BBC's Jonathan Head says the nation's military rulers are afraid that her credibility with many Burmese threatens their own grip on power.
City of Sickness The Economist | New Orleans, whose destruction has been well-cataloged in the political arena, is facing a chronic crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: lack of medical care. Just over half of the city's health care facilities have reopened, while residents have reported a drastic increase in chronic health problems. This in a state that, pre-Katrina, already ranked lowest in the U.S. health index.
China's Zhao Ziyang Speaks From Grave Washington Post | Weeks before the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre, the memoirs of former Chinese Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang, who died in 2005, are set to be released in both English and Chinese. What makes them unique is his open criticism of the party and its leaders, who carried out the bloody crackdown in 1989 over his objections. The memoir was based on audiotapes that Ziyang surreptitiously recorded while under house arrest after being purged from the party.
What It's Like to Share Power with Robert Mugabe Foreign Policy | Zimbabwe's Morgan Tsvangirai talks about governing alongside strongman Robert Mugabe, who has held power for almost thirty years and imprisoned Tsvangirai in the past. Rampant inflation, outbreaks of cholera, chronic political violence, reluctant international donors and continued intra-government rivalries are among his many problems.
Schwarzenegger Threatens to Sell California Icons Wall Street Journal | In an effort to narrow the Golden State's budget shortfall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he may auction off landmark properties, from San Quentin prison to a concert hall known as the Cow Palace. The governor says he is attempting to address the state's "budget madness," despite the potential for painful and unpopular cuts in areas like education.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 15, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
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