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Worldview 12.5.11

Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to Burma, one of most repressive countries in the world, was the first by a U.S. secretary of state since 1955. Worldview explores the improvement in U.S.–Burma relations with Maureen Aung-Thwin, director of the Burma Project at the Open Society Institute. Also, cluster bombs kill and maim thousands of civilians each year. That’s especially true in Laos, where unexploded ordinances used by the U.S. during Vietnam still pose a grave threat. Titus Peachey, peace director for the Mennonite Central Committee, tells Worldview about the lingering violence. Lastly, a ban on cluster munitions was proposed last week at the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. Worldview discusses this effort with Zach Hudson, director of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions.

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