Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘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.

‘Elections Are Not Just About Polling Day’

British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick talks about why his country is supporting Burma’s election preparations, and obstacles to achieving a free and fair vote.

‘We Need to Enter Political Dialogue’

Chairman of the RCSS/SSA Lt-Gen Yawd Serk speaks with The Irrawaddy about the group’s position on the peace process and the nationwide ceasefire agreement. 

Land: The Search for Solutions

Dr. Thaung Htun, director of the Institute for Peace and Social Justice, discusses land reform and farmers’ rights with 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.