Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘If We’re Going to Compete, We Need the Support of Our Regulator’

Air Mandalay CEO Sai Kham Park Pha speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges facing the airline industry in Burma.

‘I Thought It Would Be Great to Mix Traditional and Dance Music’

Thxa Soe, known for fusing Burmese traditional music and electro, speaks about his creative drive and the overreliance on cover songs in Burma’s music industry.

‘I Don’t Think it is Possible to Scrap the Entire System and Build a New One’

The Irrawaddy speaks to Aung Din, a former student leader and executive director of the US Campaign for Burma from 2003-12.

‘The Majority of Buddhists Do Not Try to Harm People of Other Faiths’

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder of Sri Lanka’s Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, discusses the role of Buddhism in promoting positive social change in Burma.

‘Signing the Ceasefire Does Not Mean Achieving Peace’

The Irrawaddy’s Editor in Chief Aung Zaw speaks with Gen. Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army about recent conflicts and Burma’s prospects for peace.

Peace-Building: A Chin Perspective

The chairman of the Chin Progressive Party talks about obstacles to signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement and the way forward in Myanmar’s peace process.

Property Market ‘Still Strong’

Sai Khun Naung, managing director of Sai Khun Naung Real Estate Company, discusses the outlook for Rangoon’s booming property market.

‘The Vessel was Overloaded’

The Irrawaddy speaks to survivors of the ferry disaster off the coast of Arakan State, which claimed more than 50 lives on Friday.

‘Humanity is of the Utmost Importance’

Dr Tha Hla Shwe of the Myanmar Red Cross Society discusses the role of his organization and the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Laukkai.

‘The Government Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’

U Maw Lin is deeply worried by rapid urbanization in Rangoon and has urged the government take urgent action to save the former capital’s heritage.

‘These Are Worrisome Conditions for Elections’

Rangoon’s election subcommission chairman talks about preparations for Burma’s general election and the potential impact of political volatility on the much-anticipated vote later this year.

‘This Was Too Brutal’

As the dust settles following a brutal crackdown on student protests, The Irrawaddy speaks with education reform advocate Thein Lwin about what transpired in Letpadan.

‘I Want to Urge Men to Support and Create Opportunities for Women’

Ahead of a performance to mark International Women’s Day, Sone Thin Par talks gender inequality and the need for greater female participation in Burmese life.

‘Any Labor Dispute Will Only Be Resolved By the Parties Sitting Together’

After the recent labor unrest, ILO liaison officer Steve Marshall discusses the state of dispute resolution in Burma and plans to set a minimum wage.