After 46 years of unbroken military rule, many people both inside and outside
Ironically, the cyclone -- Asia's worst since 143,000 people were killed in
At the time everybody thought he was mad, but with 100,000 people feared dead in the Irrawaddy delta, and
Whatever the reason, the junta's escape from much of the destruction is only likely to confirm in the minds of its leaders that they have an almost supernatural mandate to continue to run the country.
"It is said that Than Shwe's astrologer told him to move the capital because
"So his karma has been saved and it is the people who have suffered, not the generals," he said. "They might all conclude that it was because of his leadership the government was no longer in
"As a command and control centre away from the zone of destruction, it was capable of continuing to operate while the rest of southern