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December 5th, 2011
10:59 PM ET

Myanmar enters a new era

      After five decades in the dark, a new era seems to be dawning in Myanmar – one of the most isolated and repressive nations in the world. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just wrapped up a visit to Yangon. She’s the first senior American official to stop in Myanmar in half a century.

     The nation’s new “civilian” government is led by an ex-member of the military regime. But President Thein Sein is making changes.  For one thing, he’s released some political prisoners and started a dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But democracy is hardly right around the corner. Here’s Paula Hancocks with a postcard from Myanmar.

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