Burmese rubies generate about $500 million annually. They account for over 90 percent of the global ruby trade. The U.S. bans the rubies because profits benefit Burma’s military junta. But as the junta initiates reforms, observers wonder how long the sanctions will remain.
More than 60 world leaders met in Tunis last week to address Syria’s escalating violence. The country has become a deadly place for both Syrians and foreign journalists. New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson reports from rebel-controlled areas in Syria.