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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Financial Times: Transparency reforms yield little change Guest columnist Ricardo Soares de Oliveira offers a somewhat damning take on the Angolan government's shrewd courting of the IMF when it comes to reforms in transparency in the oil-rich country. Are the reforms any more than lip service to reap reputational benefits and achieve the international community's seal of approval? De Oliveira's calls for true transparency and meaningful development outcomes for the populations of oil-producing nations is a warning against falling into the trap of becoming only a technocratic exercise to be exploited by entrenched elites.