Artist of the Week: Harn Lay

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Harn Lay is the staff cartoonist for The Irrawaddy, a Chiang Mai-based English language news site covering Southeast Asia. Lay is also a fine arts painter but is best known for his political drawings, in which he satirizes nearly anyone and anything on the current geopolitical stage.

He throws his best barbs, though, when skewering Burma’s military regime, and especially Than Shwe.

Lay has lived in exile since the pro-democracy uprising against the regime took place in 1988.

Read more about Burma’s recent political history and current human rights record.