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Friday, July 30

Hannah Beech's great report for TIME on Burma's frightening new elite

It's a shame that the media uproar this past week about WikiLeaks obscured award-winning journalist Hannah Beech's Soldiers of Fortune. It's the clearest window on the country since the 2007 protests. The view is not pretty. The sanctions imposed by the West in the wake of the protests had no effect beyond making the generals angrier at the West and even more paranoid. Yet while the vast majority of Burmese sink deeper into poverty the junta and its cronies have gotten filthy rich and spawned a 'youth elite' of cadets.

See this blog for the story behind the 2004 photograph of Hannah Beech (at left). She is certainly doing the journalism profession and TIME proud.
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