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Bye Bye, Big Brother

To mark this week’s 16th anniversary of the former military junta’s arrest of its own notorious security chief, Khin Nyunt, The Irrawaddy revisits a commentary from 2008.

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Saffron Revolution: A Rangoon Diary

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To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2007 account of the protests and bloody crackdown by photojournalist Thierry Falise.

The Power Behind the Robe

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To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this analysis of the political power of the monkhood first published in October 2007.

Why the Past Can’t Be Put to Rest

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Today marks 32 years since junta troops shot dead protester Ma Win Maw Oo, 16. In this 2013 story, her parents explained why they had yet to perform her Buddhist rites.

The Strange Birds Behind the '88 Coup

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To mark today’s 32nd anniversary of the coup that toppled General Ne Win’s government, The Irrawaddy revisits a 2013 article on the military leaders who replaced him.
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A Tribute to Maung Thaw Ka

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To mark the 29th anniversary of his death in Insein Prison, we revisit this 2014 tribute to renowned writer Maung Thaw Ka, who aimed his celebrated wit at the powerful.

U Win Tin's Lasting Legacy

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Today would have been the 90th birthday of the late democracy activist and political prisoner U Win Tin. The Irrawaddy revisits an article from 2014 examining his legacy.

Pioneers of Burmese Cartooning

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February marked the 67th anniversary of the death of cartoonist U Ba Gyan. His art and that of his predecessor U Ba Gale were the focus of this Irrawaddy piece from 2003.

Who Are the Wa?

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With the UWSA in the news over their helicopter purchase, we revisit this 2017 article on the Wa, who have never been fully controlled by any central Myanmar authority.