A librarian risked prison time by lending books during the former military regime and was caught by President Thein Sein’s current spokesman—with surprising results.
His recently opened art gallery shows how far Burma’s former spymaster Khin Nyunt has come since his days as one of Burma’s most feared men.
A husband and wife team earn critical acclaim by introducing the flavors and culture of their Southeast Asian homeland to California foodies.
Burma’s journalism scene is opening up, but after speaking with reporters in Rangoon, media watchdog Shawn Crispin sees cause for concern.
Famed exile Kachin singer and songwriter Mun Awng longs to perform before a home audience, but isn’t convinced he can do so freely just yet.
The Irrawaddy speaks to business mogul Zaw Zaw about his reputation as one of Burma’s “cronies” and his hopes for the fast-changing nation’s future.
The police said the recent violence against Muslims was orchestrated and was conducting an investigation into the events.
Buddhist monk U Wirathu runs a Burmese nationalist “969” campaign that has fanned anti-Islamic sentiments. But he denies his ideas are spurring the current unrest.
The Irrawaddy speaks with Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, about his role in Burma's ongoing efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict.
Ye Lin calls on the authorities to end the use of child soldiers, who are often forcibly recruited into the Burmese government’s army.
The Irrawaddy speaks to a senior official of the Myanmar Wanbao mining company about the company's controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division.
The Irrawaddy speaks to author Pascal Khoo Thwe about his return to Burma, where his acclaimed autobiography is now freely available to readers.
A year ago, the Chin National Front reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s government. A prominent Chin human and women’s rights activist discusses the changing situation.
A year ago, the Chin National Front reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s government. A longtime Chin political activist now speaks about his people’s future.
Miss Myanmar tells us about a stressful bikini photo shoot, the difference between beauty contests in Burma and abroad, and lessons from her pageant days.
After releasing her debut album in the United States, a 22-year-old ethnic Chin singer opens up about her life with polio and her music ambitions.
Naw Awn, the soft-spoken mayor of Laiza, says that the Burmese army offensive will never succeed in breaking the spirit of the Kachin people.
President's Office spokesperson Ye Htut tells The Irrawaddy why Burma's armed forces is using airstrikes against the KIA, and why some refugees aren't getting aid.
US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell says America's engagement with Burma is about helping the country realize its potential, not about countering China's influence.