On this week’s edition of Dateline, cartoonists Win Aung and Maung Maung Aung discuss their craft and the Burmese cartoon tradition.
Khin Ma Ma Myo is the founder and executive director of the Rangoon-based Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security Studies (MIPSS), which was set up this year. She studied politics, economics and governance at universities in Japan and the United Kingdom. Myanmar Now reporter Phyo Thiha Cho spoke with Khin Ma Ma Myo about Burma’s […]
The Myanmar Center for Inclusive Development (MCID) is a local civil society organization providing training, information, resources and services in support of equal rights for those in Burma who live with disabilities. According to Burma’s 2014 census, there are 2.3 million people with disabilities nationwide, a population that was disproportionately disenfranchised in the country’s 2010 […]
Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army discusses next steps in Burma’s peace process as seven ethnic armed groups prepare to sign a nationwide ceasefire.
Thalun Zaung Htet: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. The final voter lists for Nov. 8 Election were released and put on display for two weeks to Sept. 27. The final voter lists were however riddled with errors and political parties claim that those errors were deliberately created by the Union Election Commission (UEC). We’ll be discussing […]
The Irrawaddy speaks with the KNU’s Kwe Htoo Win about the decision to sign a ceasefire and what it means for the country’s peace process.
Nationalist monk U Wirathu, known across the globe for his fundamentalist and often anti-Muslim rhetoric, was among a small group of Buddhist leaders to meet with a major figure of Burma’s opposition party this week in Mandalay. Tin Oo, patron of the National League for Democracy (NLD), visited Burma’s second largest city on Wednesday to […]
With more than 90 political parties expected to compete in Burma’s general election on Nov. 8, The Irrawaddy is reaching out to the leadership of the major parties and notable regional contenders to find out how they plan to contest, which issues they will emphasize and what challenges they face in this crucial election year. […]
Thein Nyunt, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) for two decades, was elected to Union Parliament in 2010 for the National Democratic Force (NDF), following an NLD boycott of the poll. The following year, Thein Nyunt and two others split from the NDF, forming the New National Democracy Party (NNDP). A lawyer, […]
Michael Gaebler, CEO of Aviareps, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the company’s vision for building up and supporting Burma’s aviation industry.
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. From Sept. 8, political parties running for the November election began airing their policies on radio and television. Last week, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) gave their televised campaign speech and on Monday, leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi […]
Aung Thu, a former political prisoner and a labor affairs expert at the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, is one of the 323 independent candidates contesting Burma’s Nov. 8 general elections. He is running for an Upper House seat in Mandalay Division’s eastern constituency, which comprises Mogoke and several other townships. He was one […]
Tuan Cer Sung, better known as Cheery Zahau, was born in Sagaing Region to ethnic Chin parents. Her teacher father instilled in her a ‘can do’ spirit and after high school she started working for a Chin women’s group operating in Mizoram, along the India-Burma border. The work required her to travel to and fro […]
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to this week’s Dateline. This week we’ve invited young candidates who are contesting the coming election. Ko Aung Naing Tun will run for a seat in Rangoon Division Parliament from Thanlyin Township for the National League for Democracy (NLD). Ma Htoo May will run for the Upper House of Union Parliament […]
With more than 90 political parties expected to compete in Burma’s general election on Nov. 8, The Irrawaddy is reaching out to the leadership of the major parties to find out how they plan to contest, which issues they will emphasize and what challenges they face in this crucial election year. The All Mon Region […]
In the course of investigating a campaign by prominent members of Ma Ba Tha to end the predominantly Muslim-owned business of cattle slaughtering in Irrawaddy Division, Myanmar Now reporter Swe Win visited the regional capital Pathein to meet Chief Minister Thein Aung. The 69-year-old minister, a former army general who became a lawmaker in the […]
Thailand’s most prominent forensics expert, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the review of DNA evidence in the Koh Tao murder case.
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. This week we’ll be discussing how parties go about engineering electoral frauds and if the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) can win the November election fairly. Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, director of election monitoring for the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE), and independent […]
University of Texas Professor Zoltan Barany is a leading scholar on military matters. His recent work has investigated how militaries negotiate their withdrawal from positions of power and are made accountable to civilian governments in the wake of democratic transitions. Earlier this year, he wrote on what lessons Burma could draw from other countries in […]
Aung Lin, Burma’s Asean envoy, about the country’s role in the AEC and what changes we should all be looking out for.