Interview - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘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.

Why the State ‘Is Still Incredibly Weak’

American political scientist James C. Scott contends that some highland groups in Myanmar consciously chose to avoid becoming part of a modern state.

‘Deeper Change Brings Deeper Resistance’

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks about Burma’s transition, the 2015 elections, religious violence and military cooperation.

‘Time for an Energy Boost’

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

‘The Plane Crash Has Caused a Change in the Global Political Landscape’

In the latest edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, panelists talk about the implications of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17.

‘The Shift From Offline to Online’

A cofounder of property portal Lamudi explains how the Internet penetration rate affects his business in Burma, and his plans for expansion in the future.

‘Pressure on the Press’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, journalists discuss a backsliding of press freedoms in Burma, including the imprisonment of journalists for 10 years with hard labor.

‘There Must be a Mastermind Behind the Conflict’

A leading member of the Arakan National Party speaks his mind on his state’s new chief minister and the government’s approach to communal violence.