Analysis: Myanmar’s conflicting narratives

On the same day that his government is accused of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, Myanmar President Thein Sein is being honoured at a fund-raising gala dinner in Manhattan, New York.

VIPs have paid as much as $100,000 a table for the event “In Pursuit of Peace”, which was organised by the International Crisis Group think-tank, which receives some congressional funding. US President Barack Obama won’t be there, which is probably just as well, given that Human Right Watch’s new 153-page report is likely to cast a dark shadow over the proceedings.

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