Interview - The Irrawaddy
In Myanmar, Doing Aid Better By

Magsaysay award-winner Lahpai Seng Raw, one of Myanmar’s leading civil society voices, echoes growing international calls to “do aid differently.”

Win Myo Thu: ‘Deforestation is Particularly Worrying’ By

Win Myo Thu, the director of EcoDev, speaks with The Irrawaddy about combating deforestation and defending the rights and livelihoods of local communities.


Political commentator Dr Yan Myo Thein and Rangoon Division lawmaker Dr Nyo Nyo Thin discuss their predictions for the general election.


The joint-secretary of the Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State talks about election preparations and challenges in Burma’s conflict-plagued northernmost state.


The November election won’t mean much if the military-drafted Constitution remains unchanged, says 93-year-old Mon National Party chairman Nai Ngwe Thein.

KBZ’s Nang Lang Kham: ‘Women Are Taking a Lead Role’ By

Women are “a force for national development” says Ma Nang Lai Kham of the Kanbawza group of companies.

NLD Hopeful: ‘You Can Use Me as a Shield’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Nyo Nyo Thin about why she hopes to join the NLD and what she aims to accomplish if elected to the Union Parliament.

Heineken Brewer: ‘Quality is the Most Important Thing’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Lester Tan, managing director of Heineken’s new brewery in Rangoon, about how the company might fare in Burma’s battle of the beers.

Zipporah Sein: ‘We Don’t Accept the Constitution’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union and leader of a newly formed ethnic negotiating bloc.

Burmese Diplomat: ‘I Have Taken Up Tough Duties’ By

Daw Yin Yin Myint, Burma’s first female ambassador in decades, speaks with The Irrawaddy about her role as a top diplomat based in Germany.

NLD Patron Tin Oo: ‘I Have Never Wanted to be President’ By

Much intrigue surrounds who the National League for Democracy will back as a presidential candidate, but party patron Tin Oo says he’s not in the running.

Mandalay Elections Chief: ‘Our Vote is Our Future’ By

Aung Htut, chairman of the Mandalay Division Election Commission, speaks with The Irrawaddy about preparing for polls in Burma’s second most populous region.

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘When Will Burmese Football Reach Its Golden Age?’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Burmese Editor Aye Chan Myae talks football with guests including Yangon United FC technical director Win Thu Moe.

‘Elections Are the End of the Beginning’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with outgoing Swiss Ambassador Christoph Burgener about his country’s support for peace building, elections and his views on politics in Burma.

Dateline Politics: ‘There Will Be Ups and Downs, Like Waves’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, English Editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talks politics with Zin Mar Aung and Cheery Zahau.

Nai Hong Sar: ‘If They Continue to Hold a Hard Line, Peace Will Be Difficult’ By

A senior negotiator for Burma’s ethnic armed groups talks about apprehensions when it comes to disarmament, as well as discussing the broader peace process.

Myat Thin Aung: ‘The Impact Could Come Very Quickly’ By

The president of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone, Myat Thin Aung, warns that Burma’s minimum wage increase will threaten the viability of some factories.

‘I Want the USDP to Win, but to Win Fairly’ By

The second and final part of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission.

‘I Will Dare to Criticize Anyone for Anything That is Against the Law’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye discusses the landmark poll planned for later this year.

Banking on Plastic By

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

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