A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 26, 1988

For the past several weeks, Hong Kong Bureau Chief William Stewart and Photographer Sandro Tucci have been the only Western journalists in Burma. In normal times that would not be surprising: since the country's last democratic government was ousted in a 1962 coup, Burma has been virtually closed to visiting foreign correspondents. Yet during the past six months that benighted land has become one of the hottest news stories in the world, as thousands of dissident students, housewives, monks, civil servants and even police have taken to the streets in an attempt to topple the government and restore democracy.

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