Burma is at a development crossroads. Since 2010, the new government has made slow changes to show that it may be opening its doors to the world to let in increased investment and aid. However, despite minor political and economic changes, Burma’s people still live in appalling social, political and economic conditions. For over fifty years, the ruling junta has been heavily criticized worldwide for its human rights abuses and environmental violations, particularly targeting ethnic minority groups. The country has been in a downward spiral following the seizing of power by the military in 1962, and the Burmese government has been at war with many of its own people ever since. In 2012, there is renewed hope for Burma as it reengages with the world, after years of isolation.