Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be remembered by historians as one of the greatest champions of non-violent protest with the likes of Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. If you make a list of the 10 most remarkable people of the last half century – Aung San Suu Kyi is on it.

This Sunday in Burma, her National League for Democracy Party, seems poised to finally sweep into power – a quarter century after their last win triggered a brutal military coup.


I will save you a history lesson (you can read it here) but suffice to say, this is a woman who had more reasons than almost everyone in the world to want to fight back – and she never did. Instead, taking the high road and choosing peaceful opposition over violence.


After being democratically elected President of the country 25 YEARS AGO, she has spent most of that time (21 years) under house arrest, as a political prisoner of the country’s murderous military Junta. A brutal regime that was propped up by big foreign oil money (( take note: Former Bush National Security Advisor, Condi Rice, was instrumental in brokering billion dollar oil deals to keep the military dictatorship in power and giving it the money it needed to buy weapons to crush opposition and keep Aung San under house arrest. As long as big, corrupt western oil companies could use it’s shores to pump black gold – the military was never going to give up its strangle hold on the people.Aung_San_Suu_Kyi_greeting_supporters_from_Bago_State

But, the last 5 years has seen a dramatic shift and after being released from house arrest – Aung San Suu Kyi – is poised to finally assume her role as leader of the country – DESPITE the fact the military Junta rewrote the country’s constitution to prevent her from ever assuming power.

Fingers crossed, this Sunday finally right the historic wrong that cost the lives of tens of thousands of Burmese and finally free the voice of a political champion that only comes along a few times in a century.