Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘The Changes so Far Are Superficial, Designed to Ease Pressure’

It’s been a decade since Zoya Phan gained asylum in Britain after fleeing persecution in Burma, but her fight for human rights and democracy continues.

Gold Demand ‘Remains High’

U Kyaw Win, the secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, offers his professional assessment of the local gold market.

‘People Weren’t Very Interested in the Voter Lists’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Than Htay of The Serenity Initiative about the challenges and importance of voter education in Burma.

‘In Myanmar, Men Are Leading the IT Industry and Women Are Lagging’

Self-described ‘Geek Girl’ Sandy Thein discusses a gender gap in the technology arena and the opportunities that the 21st century presents to Burma’s young people.

‘We Have Been Subjected to International Pressure’

In a rare interview with The Irrawaddy, United Wa State Army Chairman Bao Youxiang discusses the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement and insists that opium production in Wa territory has ceased.

‘People Rely on Government Hospitals More Than Ever’

Dr. Pa Pa, the medical superintendent of Rangoon General Hospital, discusses how his staff are responding to a dramatic increase in both government funding and patient numbers.

A Safe House of One’s Own

Author Edith Mirante interviews fellow writer and former political prisoner Khet Mar on her involvement in a program for writers in exile in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Irrawaddy visits the Embassy of India to speak with its resident yoga trainer, Sanjay Kumar, about the benefits of the ancient art.

‘It Is an Artist’s Job to Innovate’

Performance artist Moe Min discusses traditional Burmese culture and its modern incarnation, evolving performing arts tastes and prospects for Burmese dance on the international stage.

‘We Among the Democratic Forces Should Have Unity’

Aung Moe Zaw, chair of the formerly exiled Democratic Party for a New Society, outlines the challenges his party faces ahead of the 2015 elections.

‘History May Blame Those Who Refuse to Hold Talks’

Parliamentarian Aye Maung, representing ethnic groups in recent six-party talks on political reform, discusses the outcome, constitutional change and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political calculus.

Doing it Naturally

Dr. Khin Maung Lwin speaks with The Irrawaddy about the alternative medicine market in a country better known for its counterfeit drugs.

‘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.