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Burma: No Turning Back

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People running.

Editor's Note: Our contributor was in Rangoon on September 27th, the day that the Burmese military violently cracked down on unarmed democracy protesters. It was a day of historic defiance and dashed hopes. The troops opened fire twice, once at the beginning of the protests and once more at the end. He was the only Western journalist in the middle of the crowds throughout. Watch his dramatic video footage from that day and read his account below. The reporter wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons.

The Revolution That Almost Was...

I was filming on the streets of Rangoon as Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai was shot and lay dying. It was about 1:45 pm. The daily monsoon downpour had delayed the protest march by nearly an hour. Then the shooting started.

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Russia: Searching for the Opposition

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Pro-democracy march.

Presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky addresses supporters at a rally in St. Petersburg.

Watch a clip from Grigory Yavlinsky's rousing speech to opposition supporters in St. Petersburg.

Editor's Note: This fall marks the beginning of election season in Russia. But in the land of Putin, it's all beginning to look like a foregone conclusion: President Vladimir Putin will name his own successor or he might be brazen enough to retain power by becoming prime minister. As The Moscow Times puts it, the presidential race is "more akin to a scripted professional wrestling bout than a clean fight."

Nevertheless, a coalition of anti-Putin opposition groups recently gathered in Moscow to choose their candidate, former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, for next spring's presidential election.

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And the Emmy Goes to...

Gwynne Roberts.

Reporter Gwynne Roberts projected on screen receiving the first award of the evening for his broadcast story, "Saddam's Road to Hell."

FRONTLINE/World was honored twice last week at the 28th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. We received one Emmy for our broadcast story, "Iraq: Saddam's Road to Hell," by producer/reporter Gwynne Roberts, and another Emmy for "Libya: Out of the Shadow," one of our "Rough Cut" Web original videos by reporter Marco Werman and producer John MacGibbon.

The very first Emmy of the evening went to our Iraq story about Roberts' harrowing search for Kurds who disappeared under Saddam's regime. It won for "outstanding investigative journalism in a news magazine." This was particularly gratifying since we were competing in a tough category, which included a strong 60 Minutes story about war profiteering in Iraq.

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Burma: Voices of Dissent

FRONTLINE/World reporter Evan Williams interviewed prominent Burmese dissident U Sein Win in 2006 for our broadcast story, "Burma: State of Fear." Watch a clip.

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Buddhist monks.

Monks are at the heart of Burmese cultural society in this devoutly Buddhist nation.

Editor's Note: Amid curfews and unconfirmed reports that hundreds of protesters have been killed and beaten in the military crackdown, the U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Burma over the weekend to seek a diplomatic end to the violence. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been ruled by a repressive military regime for the past 45 years. Rare protests erupted there more than a month ago when the government imposed massive price hikes on gasoline. Reporter Anuj Chopra was in Rangoon at the beginning of the unrest before a handful of small protests turned into the largest demonstration against the junta in two decades -- this time led not by students but by tens of thousands of Buddhist monks. Sources inside the country have told the BBC that some 4,000 monks have been rounded up in the last week and will be sent to prisons in the far north. In the following dispatch, Chopra describes the tension and violence on the streets of Rangoon, and talks with a pro-democracy leader in hiding about where this uprising, which some are calling the Burgundy Revolution, might lead. Chopra also meets with a family and hears firsthand about the day-to-day hardships facing regular Burmese.

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