Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘The Report Was Fabricated’

The widow of Aung Kyaw Naing is unconvinced by a report by Burma’s National Human Rights Commission concluding that her late husband was not tortured.

‘If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?’

The Irrawaddy sits down with May Myat Mon Win, general manager of Rangoon’s luxurious Chatrium Hotel Royal, about the future of Burma’s booming hospitality sector.

‘Myanmar Needs to Talk About How to Deal With Its Past’

The Irrawaddy talks to the principal author of a recent report alleging that three senior Burmese government officials could be found guilty of war crimes.

‘Tastes Have Changed a Lot’

The Irrawaddy’s Ye Ni sits down with legendary singer Mun Awng to talk about his return to a changing musical scene in Burma.

‘The Only Way Is Forward’

As Coca-Cola and PepsiCo roll into Myanmar, one of the country’s most powerful beverage companies is busy strategizing its own next move.

‘I Consider Nothing to Have Changed’

Dr Thein Lwin, spokesman for National Network for Education Reform, says that the government’s command over the education system will stifle improvements to the sector.

‘There is No Support From the Government’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Aung Myint, secretary of Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, about his people-centered approach to development and institutional challenges to sustainable change.

Exclusive: The Irrawaddy Interviews US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama answers The Irrawaddy’s questions about his visit, the reform process and the future of Burma’s democratic transition.

‘Constitutional Amendment Is an Internal Affair of Our Country’

Ahead of Asean and East Asia summits in Burma, Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the meetings and talks between President Thein Sein and President Obama.

‘Car Import Policy Has Changed About 10 Times’

Frequent import policy changes are hurting the car industry, says Soe Tun of the Farmer Auto Showroom.

‘Obama Should Express Concern About How the Reform Process Has Stalled’

John Sifton, Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division Advocacy Director, discusses how the US should address Burma’s stalling reforms, ethnic conflict and persecution of the Rohingya.

‘If We Don’t Defend Our People They Will Disappear’ 

Col. Saw Tun Tun, tactical commander of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, speaks about ethnic politics and the prospect of peace in Burma. 

‘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.