Burma has had an outstanding year, with free parliamentary elections in April and the return of a pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to the political arena.
Now a new, more prosaic type of breakthrough signals the return of freedom to this cracking military dictatorship: Coca-Cola has announced it will start operating in the country after a 60-year hiatus, reports the BBC:
[Burmese] officials suspended the sanctions last month as the country has moved towards democratic reforms. Coca-Cola says it will start doing business in Burma as soon as the U.S. government issues a licence allowing them to do so. The country was one of only three that Coca-Cola does not do business with.