Burma? Myanmar? New Freedom to Debate Includes Name – NYT, October 4, 2012
…But the military had such a pervasive influence over everyday life for decades that the generals’ relinquishing of power last year has also led to lifestyle changes well beyond the realm of politics. Most notably, it has allowed debates on once-taboo subjects, uncorking five decades worth of bottled-up opinions.
Writers and linguists have been freed to debate the use of words and terms banned under the junta. There are heated arguments about who should be considered a citizen and discussions over the preservation of buildings, which might have been touchy under a junta that cared enough about appearances that it built an extravagant new capital at a time of deprivation…
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