A Fair Assessment of "Reforms"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Foreign Policy magazine has published "The Top 10 Trends in Global Freedom."

Here's #5:

Glimmers of hope for the most repressed. Myanmar, which has for years ranked alongside North Korea as one of the world's most closed societies, is experiencing what might evolve into a major political opening. The new government of President Thein Sein has permitted more public discussion, tolerated a measure of press commentary, freed longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and cleared the path for her party's participation in elections. Cuba, also one of the world's most repressive countries, experienced a small improvement with the limited reduction of economic restrictions by the government of Raúl Castro. Unlike in Myanmar, however, Cuba underwent no political liberalization.

We made a similar point earlier this week.