posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 08:30 PM
Sometimes I wonder if trade sanctions actually play into favor of miltary ruled nations. The poor end up with the short end of the stick, unless
they join the army.
Unemployment rate: 5.2% (2004 est.)
Population below poverty line: 25% (2000 est.)
Currency: 1200 Kyat to the US dollar (currently)
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