Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘We Must Push for an Investigation, but I Can’t Do It Alone’

Thandar, widow to the slain journalist Par Gyi, talks about her effort to press police to investigate the circumstances of his death in military custody.

‘We Will Show How Much Women Are Capable of Through This Party’

Layaung Mon is the chairperson of the Women’s Party, the first of its kind in Burma. She talks about the new party and its goals.

‘At Least We Have Breathing Space, Which We Never Had Before’

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung Din, who once headed the US Campaign for Burma, discusses his advocacy work in exile and Burma’s democratic transition.

‘Our Standpoint Is Cooperation’

KNU General Secretary Kwel Htoo Win speaks to The Irrawaddy about Karen unity, the peace process and ongoing clashes on the ground.

‘Those Raised in A Locked-Up Society Are Different’

Director The Maw Naing talks about “The Monk,” a film about a novice in Burma who weighs the choice between monastic and lay life.

‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’

Myo Thant Aung, chairman of Myanmar Positive Group, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s capacity to treat HIV and challenges for health workers and patients.

‘History Will Decide’

Former military intelligence officer Thein Swe talks about his views on politics after 10 years of his imprisonment ended by presidential pardon earlier this week.

Tourism’s New Trails

The chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing talks about the industry’s underlying promise, and the growing pains that have accompanied it as the country opens up.

‘I Don’t Want Women’s Participation Just for Show’

Mar Mar Cho of the Women’s Organization Network of Myanmar talks about the role of women in modern Burma, where she says discrimination persists.

‘I Don’t Think the NLD Will Win a Landslide Victory in 2015’

Hla Swe, a prominent member of ruling USDP party, shares his views on Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi and the 2015 elections.

‘They Know Nothing About Ethnic Education’

The Karen Education Department’s secretary explains what it was like to run schools in a war zone and how things have changed since a ceasefire.

Business With Bounce

The founder of one of the country’s leading manufacturers of mattresses talks about what it takes to succeed in Myanmar as an entrepreneur.

‘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.