Officials and advocates say that Europe and the United States should use the seemingly successful Myanmar elections as a reason to justify a broad rollback of the sanctions that have been levied against the southeast Asian nation for decades.
Syria's Arab Spring-inspired revolution is entering its second year and there's no end in sight. In fact, if anything, government officials are more strongly entrenched than they've been at any point in past months, fresh off routes of rebel forces and strongholds around the country's north.
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, is in the throes of political reforms. Protesters have been released from prison and notions once unbelievable are now common. And that's meant a growing movement to teach citizens English.
Officials are concerned the Syrian Army is trying to hide signs of summary executions in the Baba Amr area near Homs after the rebels withdrew and the Syrian Army moved in.
As Russians prepare to head to the polls on Sunday, voters in the nation's cities are increasingly unhappy with what seems to be almost a foregone conclusion. Vladimir Putin will be re-elected president. But out in the rural areas, support remains wide-spread, if more reserved than it once was.
As Myanmar moves ahead with a set of reforms that have included the release of political prisoners, the country's government is also opening up its media. In some cases they've ended pre-publication censorship entirely and in others they've greatly reduced the restrictions.
While Aung San Suu Kyi is out of prison and free to run in the upcoming elections in the country formerly known as Burma, there are still signs that there is more work to do. But many in Myanmar are just thrilled with the progress they've had so far.
As the democratic process in Egypt winds up, Coptic Christians find themselves facing a number of restrictions and proclamations that would leave them with fewer rights than they already have. They're worried that the newly empowered Islamists will force them to pay special taxes or wear veils not called for by their religion.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing leader of Yemen who was pushed from power in an Arab Spring protest last year, has left the United States after receiving treatment there for injuries he sustained in last year's bombing — part of months of protest leading up to his losing power.
As Egypt struggles to move to democratic government, the Islamist parties of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, who together won the majority of the Parliamentary seats, are trying to emphasize the differences between the more moderate brotherhood and the more hard line Salafis.