Myanmar Opens Its Doors

With the release of Myanmar's most famous dissident, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, last summer after six years of house arrest, the ruling military junta sent its strongest signal yet that the country is ready to open its doors to the world. Here's what this means for Myanmar's legendary gem mining industry Ring! The telephone wakes me in my hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand. I pry open my eyes and scrutinize my watch in semidarkness. It's 3 a.m. "Who in the...?" The phone rings again. "Hello?" "About your trip to Myanmar," a voice at the other end says urgently. "Don't go. There's a rumor the junta will release 'The Lady' on the sixth anniversary of her captivity. That's when you're going, isn't it? It could be dangerous. It's not a good time for foreigners - especially reporters. Please don't go." Click. So much for sleep. My trip has been carefully planned for months; how

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