Myanmar has been much in the news since its November election.
You might be drawing a blank here. Myanmar? That could be because for the past 25 years, our news people have often helpfully added a few words of explanation: “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.” Ah yes, that Myanmar.
Why, you might ask, do we need this help?
Is this because the news media think we're too dimwitted to make the transition? After all, we don't say Thailand, formerly known as Siam. Or Iran, formerly known as Persia.