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Why Myanmar's rumor mill is always spinning

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A man wears a badge showing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and a sticker bearing the emblem of her party, the National League for Democracy.   © Reuters

There is something about Myanmar that encourages conspiracy theories and wild rumors. Not only does the country create them in abundance, but they tend to be picked up by the international news media and otherwise draw attention. If cited in academic works, they gain a credibility that most do not deserve. 

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