US and Burma: Business as Usual

| Wed Aug. 12, 2009 5:38 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for meeting with an American who swam across a lake to pay her a surprise visit. British Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis called on China, Japan, and Thailand to apply "maximum pressure on this Burmese regime." Fat chance: Over at the Daily Beast, our very own resident Burma expert Nicole McClelland explains why that'll never happen—and for that matter, why the US isn't going to stop doing business with Burma anytime soon either.

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