BURMA: By the Old Moulmein Pagoda

TIME has been trying to get a clear view of the political situation in Burma. A local correspondent in Rangoon last week rang the bell* with the following summary of the situation:

"Private political armies are now frantically acquiring arms for an emergency. The strength of each in arms already acquired may be seen from the following gradation: PVO, Red Guard, Red Flag, Red Shirt, Galon, Red Peacock. The Dobama Tat (Ba Sein's private army) has just been formed, and has started collecting arms. So has the Police Union (reason mysterious), according to a secret information source.

"Now, as the elections are...

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