Times are changing in Burma. Once it was risky to even say her name, now you can buy an Aung Sun Suu Kyi t-shirt on the streets of Yangon. Suu Kyi has long been a symbol of hope for Burmese people; David Cameron described her as a “shining example for people who yearn for freedom, more »
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Panel discussions at global hydrocarbon summits are more likely to center on enhanced recovery techniques and fractional distillation than they are on music videos by Mos Def or an avant-garde oil painting in Paris. But even oil wonks, steeped as they are in the minutiae of oil policy and economics, cannot overlook the indelible 'soft' impact that black gold has had on the cultures of oil-producing and oil-consuming nations. In the early twentieth century, during the rise of global mass media, German thinker Walter Benjamin perceived technology’s ability to transform human consciousness.