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Military leaders in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have been holding direct talks with democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee). In 1990, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won elections overwhelmingly, but the military government wouldn't allow the party to govern, and has kept Suu Kyi under house arrest. Noah talks with Bertil Lintner, Correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and author of Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948. Lintner says these talks are not unprecedented, and that they are usually for show for the outside world. Suu Kyi remains under house arrest and her travel restrictions have not been loosened at all. (4:30)Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948, by Bertil Lintner is published by Silkworm books, 2000.

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