Technology lets us peer inside the Burmese cage, but not unlock its door

There is nothing to compare with being there. Failing that, get a video-link. And suddenly here’s Aung San Suu Kyi on a screen in front of us, live from 54 University Avenue, Rangoon. She sits upright, composed, elegant in a white blouse, and quietly amused, after more than seven years of isolation, by the unfamiliar new technologies of long-distance communication. “I’m very glad to be able to communicate with you,” she says, “that for me is great progress” – and the satellite link goes down.

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