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Love of the Lingo

To mark Monday’s passing of John Okell, a noted British instructor of the Burmese language, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2015 profile of the much-loved teacher.

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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.
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On Union Day, Views on Aung San

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To mark Union Day, Feb. 12, some of Burma’s leading politicians, activists and religious figures speak about the country’s late independence leader, General Aung San.

Where are the Assassins?

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To mark the third anniversary of the assassination of lawyer U Ko Ni, The Irrawaddy revisits an article calling for justice in his case.

A Hero to Remember

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To mark the third anniversary of the assassination of lawyer U Ko Ni, The Irrawaddy revisits an editorial published in the wake of his death in 2017.

A Weatherman’s Memoir

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To mark the passing of Myanmar weatherman U Tun Lwin, whose warnings about Cyclone Nargis fell on deaf ears in 2008, The Irrawaddy revisits a 2015 review of his memoir.