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MYANMAR has been in a sort of dysfunctional holding pattern for decades, caught in a decades-long tussle between Ms Aung San Suu Kyi and the dictatorship of Senior General Than Shwe. Something had to give. And perhaps it has, says historian Thant Myint-U.
Federalism is a political concept in stem of the government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). Federalism is a system in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial/state governments, creating what is often called a federation. Proponents are often called federalists.
Northern hemisphere countries are being told by health experts to brace themselves for flu outbreaks.
There has been a well-publicised surge of cases in the UK during December with swine flu appearing to be the dominant of the three strains circulating.