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By Tom Nuttall  

As the dust—and fog—settle following the monks’ protests in Burma, what have we learned about the secretive nature of the military junta that runs the country? This week at Prospect online, William Barnes, who has reported from Asia for over 25 years, argues that it’s time for the international community to swap talk of sanctions for a more pragmatic view of how change might be brought to this most closed of societies. Meanwhile Cheryll Barron reveals that despite decades of regression under the military regime, Burma’s ancient commitment to sexual equality—noted by 19th-century travellers and colonial administrators—remains robust.

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