The Myanmar military junta released Nobel Peace Price winner and pro-democracy activist Aaung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. After the party it supported came out victorious in the rigged elections, the junta must have felt that she posed little internal threat, and that releasing her would somewhat ease the international criticism heaped upon them.
Ms. Kyi is free for now. Of course if she goes on to start a true pro-democracy movement, as many of those in the West hope, she may find herself once again confined in her home. Or, perhaps the government will allow her to exist as a symbol to placate the West, while making sure that any real democracy movement will fail.