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Burma or Myanmar?

By Tom Nuttall  

Slate provides a guide to the thicket of stylistic and political issues that face newspapers and magazines confronted with a city or country that has changed its name. Burma’s ruling military junta changed the country’s official (English) name to Myanmar back in 1989; some publications, like the New York Times, went along with the change immediately, others made the switch in later years, while others still prefer to stick with Burma, the name by which most English-speaking people still know the country.

The Economist got itself into a tangle over this last year during its coverage of the monks’ protests.…

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