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Activist Suu Kyi Under House Arrest For Another 18 Months

Nobel Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Myanmar for 14 years, and her sentence has been extended by a year and a half after a military court convicted her of violating the terms of her detention. The “violation” occurred when an uninvited American, John Yettaw, swam across the lake to Suu Kyi’s house for a visit. He got three years in prison and another three of hard labor. Keep reading »

Happy 64th Birthday, Suu Kyi!

On my second birthday I was standing in a chair, greedily reaching for the gifts laid out on a table before me, when the chair tipped over and fell on my leg. I hobbled around for a few days before the doctors realized my leg was broken. Worst birthday ever, right? Wrong! Suu Kyi, a Noble Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist, has spent almost 15 years under house arrest in Burma. So she’s had a ton of awful birthdays. Today, she turned 64, marking the 14th time she has spent her big day in detention. Her lawyer was allowed to bring her some chocolate cake, orchids, and a few birthday wishes from friends, family, and supporters. He also brought rice for her security guards. Too bad he didn’t put sedatives in their food. Keep reading »

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