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By Judy L. Hasday

Whilst an army junta took energy in Myanmar (then referred to as Burma) in 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi--the daughter of common Aung San, who negotiated Burma's independence from Britain in 1947--entered Burmese politics. seriously motivated by way of Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent protest, Suu Kyi helped stumbled on the nationwide League for Democracy to motivate the institution of democracy in Myanmar. while the army junta held common elections in 1990, the nationwide League gained simply, and Suu Kyi must have assumed the location of best minister. in its place, the army nullified the election, and she or he was once positioned below condo arrest after refusing to go away the rustic. Suu Kyi used to be nonetheless in confinement while she was once provided the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She has as a consequence been out and in of condo arrest, regardless of appeals from foreign agencies, together with the United countries, to loose her completely. during this extraordinary biography, scholars will find out about this courageous girl who, regardless of being confronted with insurmountable odds, maintains to paintings towards democratic reforms in Myanmar.

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The acquisition of territories provided sources of raw materials and markets in which to trade goods. Burma was just one of the many countries and lands to fall under the control of the British flag. One of the earliest successful British colonies was Jamestown, Virginia, which was established in North America in 1607. Over the next 200 years or more, England expanded its influence around the globe. In addition to controlling colonies in what would later become the United States, it asserted itself in other parts of North America, as well as in Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Europe and islands near it, Africa, the Antarctic region, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, islands in the Atlantic, and islands in the Indian Ocean.

Suu Kyi had always been afraid of the dark. She later recalled that she thought the fear stemmed from being terrified of ghosts. The Burmese are very fond of telling ghost stories, and Suu Kyi had heard her share as a youngster. Taking a lesson from her mother, Suu Kyi finally conquered that fear at age 12 by forcing herself to leave the safety of her room in the middle of the night to get a glass of milk while all alone in the dark. Once she was able to do that, she expanded her journey by wandering through the rest of the dark house until she no longer feared the dark.

By the time of his death in 1974 from lung cancer, he was greatly respected internationally. Thant was the oldest child in a prosperous family. When Thant was only 14 years old, however, his father died, and the family struggled financially. Thant became a teacher at the National School and then at a young age became its headmaster. The local superintendent of schools, Thakin Nu (later referred to as U Nu), and Thant became good friends. Later, when the superintendent became prime minister of Burma, he asked Thant to work with him in the government as director of broadcasting.

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