A little over a month since Hillary Clinton came to Myanmar and talked to the Government about reform and the release of prisoners of conscience, life has returned back to normal.
A little over a month since Hillary Clinton came to Myanmar and talked to the Government about reform and the release of prisoners of conscience, life has returned back to normal. Traffic has subsided and the number of white faces has returned to the normal amount. So, have any changes taken place already and what changes should one expect to see in the near future one might ask.
Well, no one knows for sure but changes have already taken place. Myanmar has stopped the restriction of Youtube.com, Hotmail, and some other US websites that used to be blocked. New cars are going to be shipped into the country sometime next year (the first time in a long time that this has happened). Some run down roads are getting repaved and locals aren’t as afraid to express their opinions.
My Burmese classmates are confident that changes will continue to happen and aren’t skeptical of
the president releasing the prisoners of conscience. There was a lot of people talking about Hillary coming, and there are other countries sending some visitors here. Being sanctioned by the USA has affected the average citizen more than it has affected the government. There is nothing that is made in the USA due to the trading sanctions (no USA brand food, clothing, or appliances, or even fast food places like McDonalds). However, many believe that this is not having any affect on the government’s decisions, is just making the average citizens life harder.
Sanctions from the USA have given Myanmar a bad image of dictatorship and military rule when really that is not the case at all. Especially after the elections in 2010, Myanmar is taking steps to a more democratic government.
So, what is your take, do you think that Myanmar will continue to make an effort to become a more democratical government while giving citizens more freedom and lightening the censorship laws? Only time will tell, but for now, it seems like the Myanmar Government is taking a step in the right direction.