‘Hate Speech Pours Poison Into the Heart’ By

Well-known blogger and activist Nay Phone Latt talks about his new campaign against the spread of hate speech in Burma.

‘We Need to Change Challenges Into Opportunities’ By

The chief minister of Karen State talks to The Irrawaddy about the future of Myawaddy, the busiest border crossing on the Burmese-Thai border.


Kevin Mackenzie, director of the British Council in Burma, sees an expanding role for Britain in helping revitalize the country’s education sector.


Two members of The Elders, an independent group of world leaders, speak to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s reforms and the peace process.


Win Aung, chairman of the holding company that is selling shares in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, discusses plans for the industrial venture near Rangoon.

‘We Have Always Supported the Democratic Process’ By

The Czech Republic’s former foreign affairs minister shares his views on Burma’s reform process and explains his country’s reasons for supporting pro-democracy movements.

‘Women Have Courage and Power That Is Kept Hidden’ By

Burmese activist Zin Mar Aung spent 11 years in jail for opposing the former military government and has been internationally recognized for her campaigning.

Shedding Some Light on the Blacklist By

A lawyer working with Burmese businesspeople and American companies in Burma discusses the US Treasury Department’s list of people still under sanctions.

A Tale of Retail Success By

The Irrawaddy interviews Win Win Tint, the director of City Mart Holdings, the country’s largest retailer.

‘We Are Worried About Dependency—We Consider It in Everything We Do’ By

Mary Tawn, who oversees six camps for more than 10,000 displaced people in Kachin State, discusses her work with The Irrawaddy.

‘Lady of the Lake’ By

Daw Yin Myo Su discusses conserving Inle Lake and women’s empowerment, and explains why she believes development shouldn’t come at the cost of local culture.

‘If Things Are Difficult Now, It’s Maybe Because We’re Getting to the End” By

The European Union’s ambassador to Burma, Roland Kobia, tells The Irrawaddy he’s positive about the peace process, and that European support will continue.

The French Connection By

France’s ambassador to Myanmar talks about the release of political prisoners, French business investments, efforts to empower women, and more.

In Conversation With a Dictator’s Grandson By

The grandson of Ne Win discusses his treason conviction, politics, and rumors that he is to blame for the still-enforced ban on motorcycles in Rangoon.

‘When Political Problems Are Solved, There Will Be No More Battles’ By

Kachin Independence Organization spokesman La Nan discusses ongoing fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese military, and considers prospects for a lasting peace.

‘Thein Sein Violated the Official Contract’ By

A spokesman for China Power Investment Corporation tells The Irrawaddy that the suspension of the Myitsone dam project hurt foreign investment in Burma.

‘This Is a Human Industry, a Service Industry’ By

With prospects for the industry never brighter, The Irrawaddy speaks with Minister of Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung to discuss future plans for the sector.

Film to Highlight Burma’s Emerging Women Leaders By

The founder of a Thailand-based foundation talks about an upcoming documentary that will profile seven women leaders from Burma and the challenges they have faced.

‘The UN Human Rights Mandate Is Very Well-known in the Country’ By

Outgoing UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana answers questions on the improvements and challenges in the rights situation.

‘What’s Most Important Is Sustainable Growth’ By

The Irrawaddy sits down with Kazuhiko Koguchi, the ADB’s executive director for Japan, to talk about the East Asian nation’s investments in Burma.

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