INTERVIEW - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘I Consider Nothing to Have Changed’ By

Dr Thein Lwin, spokesman for National Network for Education Reform, says that the government’s command over the education system will stifle improvements to the sector.

‘There is No Support From the Government’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Aung Myint, secretary of Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, about his people-centered approach to development and institutional challenges to sustainable change.


US President Barack Obama answers The Irrawaddy’s questions about his visit, the reform process and the future of Burma’s democratic transition.


Ahead of Asean and East Asia summits in Burma, Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the meetings and talks between President Thein Sein and President Obama.


Frequent import policy changes are hurting the car industry, says Soe Tun of the Farmer Auto Showroom.

‘Obama Should Express Concern About How the Reform Process Has Stalled’ By

John Sifton, Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division Advocacy Director, discusses how the US should address Burma’s stalling reforms, ethnic conflict and persecution of the Rohingya.

‘If We Don’t Defend Our People They Will Disappear’  By

Col. Saw Tun Tun, tactical commander of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, speaks about ethnic politics and the prospect of peace in Burma. 

‘We Must Push for an Investigation, but I Can’t Do It Alone’ By

Thandar, widow to the slain journalist Par Gyi, talks about her effort to press police to investigate the circumstances of his death in military custody.

‘We Will Show How Much Women Are Capable of Through This Party’ By

Layaung Mon is the chairperson of the Women’s Party, the first of its kind in Burma. She talks about the new party and its goals.

‘At Least We Have Breathing Space, Which We Never Had Before’ By

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung Din, who once headed the US Campaign for Burma, discusses his advocacy work in exile and Burma’s democratic transition.

‘Our Standpoint Is Cooperation’ By

KNU General Secretary Kwel Htoo Win speaks to The Irrawaddy about Karen unity, the peace process and ongoing clashes on the ground.

‘Those Raised in A Locked-Up Society Are Different’ By

Director The Maw Naing talks about “The Monk,” a film about a novice in Burma who weighs the choice between monastic and lay life.

‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’ By

Myo Thant Aung, chairman of Myanmar Positive Group, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s capacity to treat HIV and challenges for health workers and patients.

‘History Will Decide’ By

Former military intelligence officer Thein Swe talks about his views on politics after 10 years of his imprisonment ended by presidential pardon earlier this week.

Tourism’s New Trails By

The chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing talks about the industry’s underlying promise, and the growing pains that have accompanied it as the country opens up.

‘I Don’t Want Women’s Participation Just for Show’ By

Mar Mar Cho of the Women’s Organization Network of Myanmar talks about the role of women in modern Burma, where she says discrimination persists.

‘I Don’t Think the NLD Will Win a Landslide Victory in 2015’ By

Hla Swe, a prominent member of ruling USDP party, shares his views on Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi and the 2015 elections.

‘They Know Nothing About Ethnic Education’ By

The Karen Education Department’s secretary explains what it was like to run schools in a war zone and how things have changed since a ceasefire.

‘Can’t They Spare Time for the People?’ By

Lawmaker Nyo Nyo Thin explains the challenges that make it difficult for her and others in the divisional parliament to respond to the public’s needs.

‘We Will Create an All-Inclusive Education System’ By

A top official in charge of basic education discusses the reforms planned in Burma’s education system as part of the National Education Bill.

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