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Aung San Suu Kyi has “soft spot” for the military generals

September 21st, 2012
06:32 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the world's most revered advocates for democracy.

The repressive military regime in Myanmar kept her isolated from the world, under house arrest for almost twenty years.

In the last year her struggle finally paid off.

The country's new president, Thein Sein, freed her from detention and instituted a series of economic and political reforms – allowing her to win a seat in parliament this year.

Suu Kyi is now working with President Thein Sein – one of the ruling generals who kept her under house arrest.

I’ve never thought that what they did to me was personal. It is politics. And if you decide to go into politics, you have to be prepared to put up with these kinds of problems. I like a lot of the generals. I’m rather inclined to liking people,” she said. That includes, surprisingly, the very people who prevented her from seeing your husband and her children. FULL POST

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The declining state of the war in Afghanistan

September 21st, 2012
02:48 PM ET

“It’s hard to imagine anything that could do more damage, at least over the short term,” journalist Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker says about NATO’s decision to stop joint patrols with Afghans.

NATO made the decision following a spate of so-called “Green-on-Blue” attacks – Afghan soldiers killing coalition soldiers.

“If you can’t train them, then what happens?” Then we’re stuck. Then we’re really stuck.”

Christiane Amanpour spoke with Filkins, who was written extensively on the region, about the looming challenges facing Afghanistan.

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