Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘We Among the Democratic Forces Should Have Unity’ By

Aung Moe Zaw, chair of the formerly exiled Democratic Party for a New Society, outlines the challenges his party faces ahead of the 2015 elections.

‘He Was a Tower of Strength for the Party’ By

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, we reflect on the life and legacy of Win Tin, journalist, co-founder of the NLD and a former political prisoner.


Parliamentarian Aye Maung, representing ethnic groups in recent six-party talks on political reform, discusses the outcome, constitutional change and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political calculus.


On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel talks about the changing nature of Burma’s Thingyan festival, including the rise of drunkenness and drug use among young revelers


Dr. Khin Maung Lwin speaks with The Irrawaddy about the alternative medicine market in a country better known for its counterfeit drugs.

‘The Problem of Child Labor Originates in Rural Areas’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Tin Maung Maung Aye discusses his efforts to educate Burma’s child laborers through his Myanmar Mobile Education Project.

‘If We’re Going to Compete, We Need the Support of Our Regulator’ By

Air Mandalay CEO Sai Kham Park Pha speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges facing the airline industry in Burma.

‘I Thought It Would Be Great to Mix Traditional and Dance Music’ By

Thxa Soe, known for fusing Burmese traditional music and electro, speaks about his creative drive and the overreliance on cover songs in Burma’s music industry.

‘Youth is the Force That Will Shape the Future’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Tin Maung Maung Aye discusses his efforts to educate Burma’s child laborers.

‘I Don’t Think it is Possible to Scrap the Entire System and Build a New One’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks to Aung Din, a former student leader and executive director of the US Campaign for Burma from 2003-12.

‘The Majority of Buddhists Do Not Try to Harm People of Other Faiths’ By

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder of Sri Lanka’s Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, discusses the role of Buddhism in promoting positive social change in Burma.

‘The Government Has to Take Great Care in Dealing with China’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel discusses how the bombing of a Chinese village will impact upon Sino-Burmese diplomatic relations.

‘Signing the Ceasefire Does Not Mean Achieving Peace’ By

The Irrawaddy’s Editor in Chief Aung Zaw speaks with Gen. Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army about recent conflicts and Burma’s prospects for peace.

‘In the Way They Were Trained to Think Everything Is About Security’ By

Myanmar Lawyers Network’s Kyi Myint and 88 Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi discuss the student protest crackdown, Aung San Suu Kyi’s role and upcoming elections.

Peace-Building: A Chin Perspective By

The chairman of the Chin Progressive Party talks about obstacles to signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement and the way forward in Myanmar’s peace process.

Property Market ‘Still Strong’ By

Sai Khun Naung, managing director of Sai Khun Naung Real Estate Company, discusses the outlook for Rangoon’s booming property market.

‘The Vessel was Overloaded’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks to survivors of the ferry disaster off the coast of Arakan State, which claimed more than 50 lives on Friday.

‘Humanity is of the Utmost Importance’ By

Dr Tha Hla Shwe of the Myanmar Red Cross Society discusses the role of his organization and the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Laukkai.

‘The Government Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’ By

U Maw Lin is deeply worried by rapid urbanization in Rangoon and has urged the government take urgent action to save the former capital’s heritage.

‘Peaceful Assembly and Procession is a Fundamental Right of Citizens’ By

Kyi Myint of the Myanmar Lawyers Network and 88 Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi discuss the Mar. 5 crackdown on protesting students in Rangoon.

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