The Most Brutal Sport in the World Uses Bare Knuckles and Head Butts
In lethwei, or Burmese kickboxing, gloves aren't allowed – but all kicks, punches, elbow and knee strikes, and head butts are.
Karl R. De Mesa
Burmese Opium Farmers Make the Best Rice Wine
U Mint Aung, village chief of a tiny community in the opium fields of Eastern Myanmar brings out a clay pot brimming with multi-colored grains. The thing looks like a trendy smoothie. But it’s home-brewed rice wine.
Nathan A. Thompson
The Frustrated Punks of Burma
Look fucking cool.
Inside Mong La, the Myanmar Town Where You Can Buy Drugs, Sex, and Endangered Animals
Mong La is a 5,000-square-kilometer fiefdom in the Golden Triangle that is infamous for the flagrancy of its sin-based industries like prostitution, gambling, and the selling of endangered animals.
Tattooed Tribeswomen and the Problem of Photo Tourism in Myanmar
For the Chin women of western Myanmar, outer beauty starts with an inky black, fully tattooed face. But the government has banned the custom, and tourists are flooding in to document the dying tradition.
Nathan A. Thompson
How Myanmar's Paranormal Spirit Wives Escape LGBTQ Persecution
How the tight-knit nat kadaw community escapes persecution in a deeply conservative country.
asia & pacific
Is the United Nations Failing the Rohingya?
In the final part of our three-part series, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold reveals leaked internal UN documents that suggest an effort to keep concerns about the Rohingya quiet.
Facing Violence and Discrimination as Myanmar's Muslim Minority
In part one of our three-part series, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold travels to Myanmar to investigate the violence and discrimination faced by the country's Muslim minority.
Ghosts of the Jungle
The Karen National Liberation Army has been fighting the Myanmar government since 1949. In 2012, Canadian photographer spent time with the group once known as the most effective guerrilla fighting force.
We Met the Australians Trying to Prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi For War Crimes
As Myanmar's state counsellor, the lawyers allege she's directly responsible for more than one million Rohingya people fleeing the country.
#MeToo Is a Matter of Life or Death for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims
As ethnic genocide continues to kill thousands in Rakhine state, human rights activist Wai Wai Nu tells us how you can help address one of the great humanitarian crises of our time.
Meet the Burmese Punks Feeding Their Country's Homeless
Every Monday night, a group of black-clad, silver-studded punks meet under an overpass in downtown Yangon to distribute food to people living on the streets.