Ne Win: A Story of Power, Tyranny and Dolphin Blood

Once upon a time, there was a man who bathed in dolphin blood. He believed it would keep him young and healthy while his Stalin-inspired regime retained liberation for the people of Burma. This man was born as Shu Maung or “apple of the eye”, until in 1941 he was renamed Ne Win or the “radiant Sun” during his rise to a terrifically ruthless dictatorship. For the next 26 years, the name struck images of tyranny and violent extravagance among the people of Burma (also known as Myanmar). This dictator was no ordinary man; He picked on the boundaries of national freedom in the name of liberation, and walked on principles of hardcore Buddhism while playing with ideals of excess.

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Rangoon, Burma, before the Japanese bombing December 1941.


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