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Photograph by Sarah Khatry

An Audience with Wirathu

August 10, 2016

“Don’t publish the article with any adjective I did not use. If you want to use an adjective, use ‘Myanmar nationalist.’”

“That’s how you want to be described?”

“Yes.” He chuckles. “Don’t use ‘radical’ or ‘brutal.’ ‘Burmese bin Laden.’”

Photos by Julia Cooke

Vestiges of the Socialist Time

December 21, 2015

The third installment of #VQRTrueStory—our new social-media experiment in which stories and images cross platforms, from Instagram to the website to the magazine—features Julia Cooke in Mawlamyine, Burma.

Will Aung San Suu Kyi Ignore the Rohingya?

September 19, 2012

Editor's note: This is a 2-part series on the Rohingya in Burma. Read the first post here. For more about Burma, see our Summer 2012 issue, Burma Exhales.   The Rohingya in Bangladesh: A dozen or more family members often live in the same hu [...]

The Flight of the Rohingya

September 18, 2012

Editor's note: This is the first post in a two-part series on the Rohingya in Burma. For more about Burma, see our Summer 2012 issue, Burma Exhales.   Blind in one eye after being beaten in the head during forced labor, this man fled from B [...]

An Inside Look at Burma From VQR

August 2, 2012

  Shwedagon Spire (Burma), photo by Christopher Bartlett   Our Summer 2012 issue features original reporting on and from Burma. Since 1996, Burma has asked foreigners to stay away, but independent travel has been encouraged fol [...]

Aung San Suu Kyi, in her bungalow in Rangoon, April 1, 1998 (Joachim Ladefoged / VII)

Dissident Thunder

How an insurgent movement of pro-democracy activists—from underground, in exile, or in prison—returned to take Burma’s military junta by political storm.

Most villages within Karen state are only accessible through a network of jungle paths. Supplies are carried in by  porters, many of them  young women who carry up to fifty pounds up and down steep mountain routes. Medical supplies, as well as basic necessities, are smuggled in from Thailand then trekked to remote villages.

The Black Zone

Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy may have pushed Burma from an isolated nation to potential partner to the rest of the world. But a trip deep inside the rebel camps tells a different story.