Interview - The Irrawaddy
Books ‘Have a Future’

San Oo, owner of Seikku Cho Cho publishing house, speaks with The Irrawaddy about staying ahead of the curve in a changing media landscape.

‘They Realize They’re Stuck with Laws and Concepts That Are Dated’

Peter N. Fowler, US Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Southeast Asia, discusses the need for effective intellectual property law reform in Burma.

Peng Jiasheng: ‘A Larger Nationality Wants to Eliminate a Smaller One’

In this interview with The Irrawaddy from Sept. 2009, Kokang leader Peng Jiasheng discusses the collapse of 20-year ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government.

Mahn Sha: “Sixty Years in Vain”

Days before his assassination on February 14, 2008 Karen National Union leader Mahn Sha spoke to The Irrawaddy reporter about Burma’s prospects for peace.

‘I Have Been Trying with Good Faith and Intentions to Make Peace Possible’

Aung Min, vice-chairman of Union Peacemaking Work Committee, discusses the government’s most recent meeting with ethnic armed group representatives in Chiang Mai.

‘It Is Not That White Card Holders Automatically Become Citizens’

Burma’s immigration minister talks about the issue the controversial decision to grant non-citizens known as white card holders the right to vote on constitutional reform.

‘There’s a Lot at Stake, Certainly’

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Scot Marciel speaks with The Irrawaddy about the state of US-Burma policy.

‘Burma Has a Long Way to Go Before It Is a Really Democratic Nation’

Australian MP Luke Simpkins says he will ask his government to link development assistance to Burma with progress towards a federal democratic system.

‘We Will Have to Do More, Practically and Mentally’

Dr. Maung Maung Lay, vice chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, discusses economic prospects and pitfalls.

‘I’m Afraid We Won’t Be Able to Sign the Agreement’

Gen. Gun Maw, vice chief of staff for the Kachin Independence Army, says that a national ceasefire agreement on Union Day is unlikely.

Former Screen Star Talks Acting And Activism

Former actress Daw Swe Zin Htike discusses her work in health and education projects and her push to encourage more female film directors.

‘I Believe That Everyone Agrees Dialogue is Necessary’

Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the country’s reform process, criminal charges against journalists, the restructuring of state-owned media and Thein Sein’s political future.

‘It Took Everyone in the Region by Surprise, Yet the Moken Survived’

American filmmaker Olivia Wyatt discusses her new documentary that explores the culture and mythology of the Moken—the nomadic “sea gypsies” of Burma and Thailand.

‘The Bubble Will Definitely Burst’

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses a recent ADB loan, the resumption of services at Yoma Bank and Burma’s overheated property market.

‘We Have to Do Lots of Things to Fill the Gaps’

The director of the women’s group Phan Tee Eain (Creative House) talks about her plans to offer victims of sexual violence a refuge and counsel.

‘It Will Be Hard As It’s the First Time Committee Members Are Elected’

Mae Ohn Nyunt Wai is one of three women competing in the upcoming Rangoon Division Municipal Committee elections. She speaks about campaigning and her ambitions.

‘The Report Was Fabricated’

The widow of Aung Kyaw Naing is unconvinced by a report by Burma’s National Human Rights Commission concluding that her late husband was not tortured.

‘If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?’

The Irrawaddy sits down with May Myat Mon Win, general manager of Rangoon’s luxurious Chatrium Hotel Royal, about the future of Burma’s booming hospitality sector.

‘Myanmar Needs to Talk About How to Deal With Its Past’

The Irrawaddy talks to the principal author of a recent report alleging that three senior Burmese government officials could be found guilty of war crimes.

‘Tastes Have Changed a Lot’

The Irrawaddy’s Ye Ni sits down with legendary singer Mun Awng to talk about his return to a changing musical scene in Burma.