BURMA: Showdown Under the Fans

Outside the cream-colored Chamber of Deputies in Rangoon last week, troops in battle dress lined the streets; Bren-gun carriers patrolled the bazaars; anxious citizens stood nervously by, holding umbrellas against the monsoon rains and clutching their wind-blown longyis (Burmese sarongs). Inside the building, 248 Deputies were jammed together under the rhythmic movement of 18 ceiling fans that fluttered the loose ends of their yellow, pink and blue head kerchiefs.

Buried Treasure. The Deputies were met for a showdown between Prime Minister U Nu and his ministerial rivals, U Ba Swe and U Kyaw Nyein, whose personal and political differences have...

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