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At the UN today, President Bush announced new sanctions against the repressive military government of Myanmar, which he referred to by its old name, Burma. He cited restriction of basic freedoms, forced child labor, human trafficking and the imprisonment of more than a thousand political prisoners. The best known of those prisoners is Aung San Suu Kyi, who's been subject to house arrest since her party won nationwide elections in 1990. For the past eight days, peaceful but massive protests have flooded the streets of several cities, and there are reports that the government may be ready to crack down. Anuj Chopra is a freelance reporter who is currently in Bombay, India.
Anuj Chopra, South India Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
President Bush and Iran's President Ahmadinejad were both in the General Assembly chamber this morning as the UN began its 62nd session. Ahmadinejad will speak later today. President Bush told the General Assembly that the US will increase sanctions against the repressive military government of Myanmar—or Burma. He said nothing about the Iraq war and barely mentioned Iran, but he also said he'd consider enlarging the UN Security Council, possibly to make Japan a permanent member. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea opened today's session, his first as the UN leader. As the world body meets for the 62nd time, will new leaders from Europe and a new Secretary General make a difference? Is the UN living up to its founding expectations?
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
Paul Kennedy, Professor of International Security Studies at Yale University
Carne Ross, Independent Diplomat
Anne Bayefsky, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute
After Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, nuclear power got a bad rap in the United States. It's been 31 years since the last application to build a new plant. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received a request for two new reactors in Texas. NRG Energy, which has never before built a nuclear power plant, today asked NRC for permission to construct two at its existing nuclear station in South Texas. With more likely in the next 15 months, what are about the prospects for a nuclear comeback? Rebecca Smith has a story about the process in today's Wall Street Journal.
Rebecca Smith, National Energy Reporter for the Wall Street Journal