INTERVIEW - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Business With Bounce By

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?’ By

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.

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A top official in charge of basic education discusses the reforms planned in Burma’s education system as part of the National Education Bill.

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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.

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Amitav Ghosh,author of the Burma-based novel “The Glass Palace,” has returned to Burma. The Irrawaddy looks back at an interview from his last visit. 

‘If Men Can Do It, I Can Also’ By

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’ By

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.

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The chairman of Burma’s football federation talks about his plans for the future after the country’s U-19 team triumphs at a regional tournament in Brunei.

Encouraging Diners to Savor Rangoon’s Flavors By

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’ By

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’ By

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.

Reading the Future By

Thant Thaw Kaung, head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, discusses keeping the country’s vibrant reading culture going during decades of isolation.

Helping Burmese Refugees Start New Lives in New Zealand By

Annie Coates, an ethnic Karen, talks about her efforts to help resettled Burmese refugees in New Zealand to adjust to their new lives.

In The Zone By

U Myat Thin Aung speaks to The Irrawaddy about the prospects for Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone and the nation's manufacturing sector.

‘The Media May Not Have Trust in Me’ By

Ye Htut talks about his approach to conflicts between media and the government, his growing workload and future plans as Burma’s new information minister.

‘In Places of Military Dominance, Women Can Never Be Equal’ By

Dr. Khin Mar Mar Kyi sits down with The Irrawaddy to talk about women’s place in Burmese society, politics and the nation’s peace process.

Why the State ‘Is Still Incredibly Weak’ By

American political scientist James C. Scott contends that some highland groups in Myanmar consciously chose to avoid becoming part of a modern state.

‘Deeper Change Brings Deeper Resistance’ By

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks about Burma’s transition, the 2015 elections, religious violence and military cooperation.

‘Time for an Energy Boost’ By

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

‘The Plane Crash Has Caused a Change in the Global Political Landscape’ By

In the latest edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, panelists talk about the implications of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17.





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