Interview - The Irrawaddy
Banking on Plastic

The Irrawaddy speaks with Ko Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of the Myanmar Payment Union, on his vision for a “cashless society.”

‘People Have to See What We Are Talking About’

In this 2013 interview, Yangon Heritage Trust founding chairman Thant Myint-U discusses the challenges facing Rangoon as it transforms into a modern city.

‘I Want to Stress That We Are Not the Enemy’

The Irrawaddy speaks with the Arakan Army’s Commander-in-Chief about tensions between Arakan and Burmese troops, the group’s political objectives and his views on Rohingya Muslims.

‘The Disabled Must Also Benefit from Development’

Interview with Rev. Thein Lwin, cofounder of the Myanmar Christian Fellowship for the Blind, on the challenges faced by disabled students in Burma.

‘When Will We Go Home?’

Four years after conflict breaks out in northern Burma, The Irrawaddy speaks with Kachin aid worker Mary Tawm about life in internal displacement camps.

‘Farmers Need to Know Their Rights’

‘Farmers Need to Know Their Rights’Activist Ma Thandar details the efforts of the Democracy and Peace Women Network to educate Burma’s farmers on the country’s land laws.

‘I Don’t Like to Endorse Clichés’: Leading Lady Michelle Yeoh

The Irrawaddy speaks with Michelle Yeoh about her portrayal of Daw Suu, her impressions of Burma and her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

‘The Government Needs to Look out for Local Companies’

Nyo Myint, senior managing director of KBZ Group of Companies, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges and prospects of the insurance industry in Burma.

‘They Could Sue Me If They Think They Are Right’

Elected to the Yangon City Development Committee’s central council last year, Khin Hlaing has been an outspoken critic of five development projects in the vicinity of Shwedagon Pagoda.

In Conversation with Myanmar’s First Cardinal

Cardinal Bo recently sat down with The Irrawaddy’s Yan Pai to discuss the role of religious leaders in achieving peace and promoting tolerance in Myanmar.

‘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.