Unfortunately, this is the case for Putin’s Russia. … And in China, the long march toward political reform has barely been started ? In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President George W. Bush encouraged the world to embark on a mission of freedom ? (against) nations that only celebrate the freedom to oppress. – Svenska Dagbladet Stockholm, Sweden Mass demonstrations have spurred hope that Myanmar will again become Burma. Democratic and flourishing. Because that is the way life could be, instead of being the tragic example of dictatorship it is now. ? In Burma, it was a shock hike of fuel prices, by up to 500 percent, that led the Buddhist monks into the streets – while those in power secretly live in extravagance. ? In Burma, dictator and general Than Shwe dreams of becoming a Buddhist king and turns to the stars for advice on how to do it. ? ? Globally, recent decades have witnessed great democratic steps. But there are always countries where time has stood still, or developments have gone backward. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!