Thursday, October 25, 2007

Burma: Land of political, economic and social depression

Time was when Burma was the wealthiest country in Southeast Asia and the world's largest rice exporter. But the country is now on a suicidal downslide, suffering as it is from decades of political, economic and social depression. Past years of political wavering proved obscure for the country. Coups and countercoups, arrest and detention, assassinations, disappearance, torture, degrading treatment, and suspension of civil liberties became the order of the day. The political situation in Burma has a direct impact on the poor quality of education and healthcare available to the general public.

Also because of the regime's failure to provide individuals with basic necessities, such as access to adequate food and housing, its maintenance of huge discrepancies in wealth, economic and social depression envelopes Burma. In the most extreme cases of misdistribution, many suffer from poverty while the elite of the regime live in relative luxury. Such injustice came from unfair hiring procedures, lack of available jobs and education, and insufficient health care. All these conditions are leading people to believe that they have not received a "fair share" of the benefits and resources available in Burmese society. Instead of addressing systemic economic injustice and creating social and economic safety nets, the regime is trying to escalate tension with opposition groups and civilian populations.


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