By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Last week marked the third anniversary of Cuba's arrest of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross for the "crime" of delivering Internet equipment to a Jewish group in Havana.
Almost three years after her husband was arrested and jailed in Cuba, Judy Gross still talks to Americans who haven't heard his story. Now she is speaking more openly than in the past, hoping to make her husband's case as well known as those of other Americans who won freedom after being jailed overseas.
Burma's military junta is expected to cement its grip on power Sunday in an election widely considered to be illegitimate.
The world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was due to be freed from house arrest today, but her fate has gone largely unnoticed amid the destruction of Cyclone Nargis.
"The vast majority of the population feels nothing has changed. ... A major cultural shift is required," he added.
"Reform is only being driven by a handful of people," said Jared Genser, managing director of Perseus Strategies and a former international legal counsel to Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.