Myanmar Emerges
Myanmar’s emergence was one of the most important economic, political and cultural stories of 2013. To fully understand this dramatic shift, GlobalPost spent much of the year reporting from inside this formerly-isolated country. From the restive opium dens of Kachin State, the bustling malls and busy recording studios of Yangon, the booming copper mines of Kyisintaung Mountain and beyond, here is what we found — both the promise, and the peril.
Opium War
Myanmar has largely shed its rogue state status, but many citizens still feel oppressed and under assault — particularly upcountry.
Opium war
In mountainous Kachin, the government stands accused of 'genocide' by heroin.
Heroin state
Addiction devastates northern Myanmar. The people say it's all part of the government's plan.
Hell hath no fury like Hpakant
Men seek to escape poverty in the jade mines. Instead, it’s the drug dealers and middlemen who get rich.
Behind the scenes of Myanmar Emerges
Senior Correspondent Patrick Winn and videographer Jonah M. Kessel discuss the reporting of GlobalPost's year-long project and the making of the documentary Promise and Peril.
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Oppression Economics
GlobalPost reveals how Myanmar's people — rock stars, former dissidents, and child laborers — struggle and adapt in an economy stymied by oppression.
Mock stars: Myanmar’s pop plagiarists
How a censored nation spawned a parallel universe of rock music.
Breadwinners
Myanmar's children work so their families can eat.
Youth interrupted: Underage, illiterate workers
Inside Myanmar’s Dickensian child labor economy.
Forsaken
Forget celebrating liberty. Former political prisoners confront depression and joblessness.
Broke, abandoned and depressed
A tragic end game for Myanmar’s freed democracy advocates.
Youth interrupted
The daily life of children who support their families.
The People Vs. The Power
Under half a century of dictatorship, dissidents used the arts to express outrage that would otherwise bring them long prison sentences. Now, they're speaking out in solidarity with villagers whose anti-mine protests are captivating the nation.
Poisoned hope
Villagers fight Myanmar's biggest copper mine.
Where Aung San Suu Kyi is a tarnished idol
Critics question the icon's allegiances.
Dreams to dust
Their land swallowed by a mine, farmers become scavengers.
Living on stolen dirt
Profits and poverty collide on an apocalyptic landscape left by a military-owned mine.
Resource righteousness
A poor farmer takes on Myanmar's president.
Testing Myanmar’s reforms
Can villagers armed with rights fight off the generals' business interests?
Why destroy whole mountains to mine copper?
And how do villagers extract copper from bedrock?
Suu Kyi spokesman: 'There is no Rohingya'
As advocates condemn "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, officials say no such group exists.
 
Executive Editor: Thomas Mucha
Senior Video Producer/Correspondent: Solana Pyne
Senior Editor: David Case
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