INTERVIEW - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘Political Prisoners Are Like Plaster’ By

Artist Htein Lin talks about trying to visualize, through molding plaster hands, the extent to which Burma’s political prisoners have sacrificed for their country.

‘Nationwide Ceasefire Will Happen This Year’ By

A lead negotiator for Burma’s ethnic rebel groups discusses the current state of peace talks and future prospects for a nationwide end to hostilities.


Thant Thaw Kaung, head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, discusses keeping the country’s vibrant reading culture going during decades of isolation.


Annie Coates, an ethnic Karen, talks about her efforts to help resettled Burmese refugees in New Zealand to adjust to their new lives.


U Myat Thin Aung speaks to The Irrawaddy about the prospects for Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone and the nation's manufacturing sector.

‘The Media May Not Have Trust in Me’ By

Ye Htut talks about his approach to conflicts between media and the government, his growing workload and future plans as Burma’s new information minister.

‘In Places of Military Dominance, Women Can Never Be Equal’ By

Dr. Khin Mar Mar Kyi sits down with The Irrawaddy to talk about women’s place in Burmese society, politics and the nation’s peace process.

Why the State ‘Is Still Incredibly Weak’ By

American political scientist James C. Scott contends that some highland groups in Myanmar consciously chose to avoid becoming part of a modern state.

‘Deeper Change Brings Deeper Resistance’ By

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks about Burma’s transition, the 2015 elections, religious violence and military cooperation.

‘Time for an Energy Boost’ By

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

‘The Plane Crash Has Caused a Change in the Global Political Landscape’ By

In the latest edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, panelists talk about the implications of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17.

‘The Shift From Offline to Online’ By

A cofounder of property portal Lamudi explains how the Internet penetration rate affects his business in Burma, and his plans for expansion in the future.

‘Pressure on the Press’ By

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, journalists discuss a backsliding of press freedoms in Burma, including the imprisonment of journalists for 10 years with hard labor.

‘There Must be a Mastermind Behind the Conflict’ By

A leading member of the Arakan National Party speaks his mind on his state’s new chief minister and the government’s approach to communal violence.

Helping Burma’s Women Entrepreneurs to Take Risks By

A scheme known as Project-W is giving 11 women in Rangoon training and support to make their business dreams become reality.

‘Burma Must Follow a Global Standard and Match It With Political Will’ By

Last week, Burma joined EITI, a global anti-corruption scheme. NGO representative Wong Aung discusses what it would take for the scheme to have an impact.

‘Big Media Can’t Cover These Things in Detail, So We Cover Them’ By

The man behind Myitkyina News Journal, a Burmese-language publication based in the Kachin State capital, speaks with The Irrawaddy.

‘Censorship Changed Our Thinking’ By

Leading writer and activist Ma Thida discusses her work with PEN Myanmar and shares her thoughts on the country’s changing media sector.

‘Go Straight to the People’ By

A backpack health worker explains the risks his team takes to assist communities in conflict zones, and how the job has changed since 2011.

‘We Wanted to Convey Through This Film That Nobody Wants Conflict’ By

One of the makers of “The Open Sky” talks about his documentary on Buddhist-Muslim violence, which was cancelled at a recent human rights film festival.

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