On Sunday, Burma's ironically named military dictatorship, the State Peace and Development Council, is holding the country's first elections in 20 years. Pretty much every Western government, including ours, has written them off as a sham; from the moment they were scheduled, it was clear the race was fixed. Here's an update, along with some new bad news, about how thoroughly a junta can shit on the democratic process.
Those are some of the reasons a lot of people in Burma just won't vote. At this point, it appears the best-case scenario is that the same bad men who rain human rights abuses all over their country will remain in power. But that's still better than the worst-case scenario: Some worry that Burma's government will use the new shroud of democracy to intensify its evil campaigns. The real question right now is whether those grim prospects will lead to massive protests this weekend, like 2007's Saffron Revolution.