Thailand, Laos, and Burma have been known as the "Golden Triangle" because of their historically prominent role in the drug trade. For centuries, these countries have produced the opium that has attracted traders from Europe and elsewhere. Economics, religion, and politics combine to make this area not only important but also, to the western mind, exotic. The World's Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in some of the world's most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions are in today's headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually all of them. Each presentation covers up to ten centuries of background, revealing how and why today's problems occur.
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Bertil Lintner, a Swedish writer who has lived in Asia since 1975, has written numerous articles and books on Burma and is considered one of the most knowledgeable foreign journalists on Burmese affairs. He is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Reviewand is currently a writer with Asia-Pacific Media Services.
Richard C. Hottelet is a distinguished American journalist. For over forty years he observed and reported international events for CBS news. Since retiring from CBS, he has lectured, broadcasted, and written on international affairs.
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