Interview - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’

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’

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

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’

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’

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’

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.

Business With Bounce

The founder of one of the country’s leading manufacturers of mattresses talks about what it takes to succeed in Myanmar as an entrepreneur.

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

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’

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

‘Burma’s Population Is Only 51 Million—We Lose in Geopolitics’

Chin activist Salai Isaac Khen talks to The Irrawaddy about the development implications of the smaller-than-expected population estimate from Burma’s nationwide census.

‘If Men Can Do It, I Can Also’

An up-and-coming Burmese filmmaker talks about her latest award-winning documentary and the challenges that women directors frequently face in Burma.

‘They Can Stand on Their Own’

A philanthropist helps displaced women in northern Burma earn a living by weaving traditional handicrafts, while encouraging women across the country to join loom institutes.

Encouraging Diners to Savor Rangoon’s Flavors

A self-professed foodie talks about the launch of Rangoon’s first-ever dining card, attempting to encourage some variety—and savings—in the lives of restaurant-goers.

‘Political Prisoners Are Like Plaster’

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’

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.

Reading the Future

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.

Helping Burmese Refugees Start New Lives in New Zealand

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

In The Zone

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’

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’

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.