Nov 16/10 - Pt 1: Aung San Suu Kyi /Haiti & UN

On Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest by the military government that runs Burma -- also known as Myanmar. We speak to her about her release and her dedication to democratic change.

And ... Angry Haitians clashed with UN peacekeepers yesterday in a riot the UN now claims was orchestrated by elections interests. We look for a reality check in a troubled nation.


It's Tuesday, November 16th.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Release

The sound of jubilant crowds has followed Aung San Suu Kyi, in a country where any kind of gathering is normally outlawed.

It has been 20 years since Aung San Suu Kyi was elected with a mandate to bring democracy to Burma. She has been a prisoner for 15 of those 20 years. On Saturday, she was freed from house arrest by the military government that runs Burma -- also known as Myanmar. She is already back and work and we reached her between meetings in Rangoon.

Haiti & UN - Chalmers Larose

We moved on to Haiti ... where protesters in Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti yesterday took to the streets and burned tires. In other places, they threw stones. Police and United Nations peacekeepers responded with tear gas.

The protesters targeted UN peacekeepers who many accuse of being responsible for bringing the first reported case of cholera to the country. Close to one thousand Haitians have died of cholera, 100 of them lived in Cap-Haitien.

Distrust of the United Nations and other international bodies goes back decades. So for an idea of why that is, we were joined by Chalmers Larose. He was born in Haiti and worked there as a lawyer, teacher and diplomat. He is now a professor of political science at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Haiti & UN - Vincenzo Pugliese

Vincenzo Pugliese is a spokesperson for MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. He was in Port-au-Prince.

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