Haunted by Burma’s past, a new voice explores its struggle for reconciliation – SMH – 17 Aug.11 (John Buencamino in a play at the New Theatre)

AMID Burma’s monk-led Saffron Revolution in 2007, the country’s military rulers began offering prisoners their freedom.

It was not an attempt to pacify the regime’s critics, for release came at a price. The prisoners had to agree to shave their heads, dress in robes and spy on the real monks.

That was just one of the dirty tricks by which the military spread suspicion and reasserted its iron grip, says playwright Katie Pollock. (more…)