Interview - The Irrawaddy
‘There Must Be a Balance Between Conservation and Development’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel focuses on urban planning in Rangoon and the arguments for a conservation management plan to protect Shwedagon Pagoda.

‘The Government Needs to Look out for Local Companies’ By

Nyo Myint, senior managing director of KBZ Group of Companies, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges and prospects of the insurance industry in Burma.


On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, our journalists discuss their recent trip to little-known Wa Special Region, where ethnic groups recently discussed peace talks with Naypyidaw.


Elected to the Yangon City Development Committee’s central council last year, Khin Hlaing has been an outspoken critic of five development projects in the vicinity of Shwedagon Pagoda.


Cardinal Bo recently sat down with The Irrawaddy’s Yan Pai to discuss the role of religious leaders in achieving peace and promoting tolerance in Myanmar.

‘The Changes so Far Are Superficial, Designed to Ease Pressure’ By

It’s been a decade since Zoya Phan gained asylum in Britain after fleeing persecution in Burma, but her fight for human rights and democracy continues.

Gold Demand ‘Remains High’ By

U Kyaw Win, the secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, offers his professional assessment of the local gold market.


On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel discusses the Burma Army’s announcement that it would pursue legal action against media outlets which publish statements by Kokang insurgents.

‘People Weren’t Very Interested in the Voter Lists’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Than Htay of The Serenity Initiative about the challenges and importance of voter education in Burma.

‘In Myanmar, Men Are Leading the IT Industry and Women Are Lagging’ By

Self-described ‘Geek Girl’ Sandy Thein discusses a gender gap in the technology arena and the opportunities that the 21st century presents to Burma’s young people.

‘We Have Been Subjected to International Pressure’ By

In a rare interview with The Irrawaddy, United Wa State Army Chairman Bao Youxiang discusses the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement and insists that opium production in Wa territory has ceased.

‘People Rely on Government Hospitals More Than Ever’ By

Dr. Pa Pa, the medical superintendent of Rangoon General Hospital, discusses how his staff are responding to a dramatic increase in both government funding and patient numbers.

A Safe House of One’s Own By

Author Edith Mirante interviews fellow writer and former political prisoner Khet Mar on her involvement in a program for writers in exile in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The Irrawaddy visits the Embassy of India to speak with its resident yoga trainer, Sanjay Kumar, about the benefits of the ancient art.

‘It Is an Artist’s Job to Innovate’ By

Performance artist Moe Min discusses traditional Burmese culture and its modern incarnation, evolving performing arts tastes and prospects for Burmese dance on the international stage.

‘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.

‘History May Blame Those Who Refuse to Hold Talks’ By

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.

‘Thingyan is Getting Worse Year by Year’ By

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

Doing it Naturally By

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

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