Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country located in southeast Asia. It borders Thailand, the People's Republic of China, Laos, Bangladesh, and India. Myanmar is ruled by a provisional military government that has alienated the country from the rest of the world by failing to allow democratically elected leaders to take control of the government. The military has been ruling the country since 1962.

The isolation generated by the successive military regimes reduced Myanmar to a dire economic and political position, namely that Myanmar ranks 32nd out of 50 in the United Nations (UN) ranking of the least developed nations. A consequence of this level of poverty is the cultivation of poppy as a source of income for the local population. Myanmar is the second ...

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