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Worldview 10.18.11

Stunning recent developments may signal that the Burmese military junta, one of the world's most repressive governments, will consider reform. We speak with Maureen Aung-Thwin, director of The Open Society’s Burma Project, about new optimism surrounding the southeast Asian country. We also hear from Radio Free Asia’s Kyaw Kyaw Aung. He published an unprecedented interview with the powerful head of Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department. The official pledged to end press censorship. Lastly, if you’re reading this on a computer, smart phone or laptop, you likely have at least three slaves working for you. That's according to Slavery Footprint, a new web-based campaign that personalizes the modern slavery issue by giving you an assessment of how much your lifestyle depends on forced labor—and steps you can take to help end it. We talk to the campaign’s creator, Justin Dillon.

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