Interviews


On Monday fighting broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese army forces, continuing for two full days.
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On Monday fighting broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese army forces, continuing for two full days.
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Q: What did you learn on your trip to China?

A: It was a good discussion. We all understand that neighbors have to live in peace and harmony.
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Following his participation in talks among ethnic leaders at Law Khee La in Karen State, Salai Yaw Aung, a member of the central leading committee for the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), spoke to DVB about the outcome of the negotiations, the proposal that the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) plans to present to the Burmese government, and the steps ahead in the peace process.
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U Tin Aye, chair of the Union Election Commission and a retired lieutenant general, talks to chief political correspondent Ei Ei Toe Lwin about the forthcoming elections – on his hopes that people will vote with their heads not hearts, why he does not see the right person to reform the country, how the Tatmadaw must accept the results of the vote, and on his life-long attachment to his military uniform.
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Formed in 2009, the Arakan Army is one of the newest additions to Burma’s assortment of ethnic armed groups. Relatively little is known about the small but growing army, which in recent years has trained with the Kachin Independence Army at its headquarters in Laiza.
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An event commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Kachin War, organized by the Kachin Peace Network, was held at the Micasa Hotel in Rangoon on June 9, 2015.
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Following a recent summit at Karen National Union headquarters in Law Khee La, ethnic armed organisation leaders agreed on 15 amendments to the draft-text of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) agreed between ethnic and government negotiators on 31 March.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burmese opposition party the National League for Democracy (NLD), is set to make her first goodwill visit to China, following an invitation from the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). She is scheduled to meet with the country’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang during the trip between 10 and 14 June.
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DVB discusses the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China’s live fire exercise near the Sino-Burmese border with Dr Hla Kyaw Zaw, a Kunming-based political analyst, and the daughter of late Thirty Comrades member and leader of the Communist Party of Burma Kyaw Zaw.
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The current opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) won 392 seats in 485 designated constituencies at the multi-party democracy general election held on May 27 in 1990 and the number of members of parliament accounted for more than 80 percent. Unfortunately, the parliament could not be called within 60 days. Meanwhile, the State Law and Order Restoration Council issued 1/90 Notification on July 27 in 1990. All elected parliamentary representatives from NLD gathered at Gandhi Hall in Yangon on July 28 and 29 and issued Gandhi Hall Declaration after holding the meeting. The following excerpt came from the interview with Gandi Hall Declaration reader Khin Maung Swe and master of ceremonies Sein Hla Oo:
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Kyaw Zwa Moe: This week, we’ll be discussing potential threats to the future of Shwedagon Pagoda, a sacred site to Burmese people and one of the world’s wonders. Joining me are Saya U Than Moe, an urban planning expert and visiting professor at Yangon Technological University, and Ko Maw Lin, vice-chairman of Association of Myanmar Architects and visiting professor at the Mandalay Technological University. I am Irrawaddy Editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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Private insurance is still a nascent sector in Burma. Over the past two years, the government has begun to assess and approve insurers, but providers still struggle to establish themselves in the country’s fickle business climate. Adding to the difficulty is a widely held cultural belief that insurance brings bad luck.
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It’s been more than a decade since Zoya Phan, fleeing persecution by the Burma Army, sought and gained asylum in Britain, but the activist says her fight for human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation continues from afar. The London-based campaign manager of Burma Campaign UK, Zoya Phan joined the organization after attending university in the United Kingdom. Her studies followed years as a refugee along the Thai-Burma border. (more…)

Purchasing gold has long been a way for Myanmar people to accrue secure savings, particularly in the absence of an efficient banking system. Today the gold market remains steady in a country with still-limited access to financial services. U Kyaw Win is the secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, senior vice president of the Myanmar Gold Development Public Company and the owner of the U Htone gold shop. In this interview, he offers his assessment of the local gold market.
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Wendy Law-Yone is a Myanmar-born American writer who penned the critically acclaimed The Coffin Tree, The Road to Wanting, Irrawaddy Tango and Golden Parasol: A Daughter’s Memoir of Burma. Her works were banned in Myanmar until censorship was abolished in 2012. Wendy Law-Yone spoke to Mizzima Weekly’s Jessica Mudditt about her ambivalence towards copyright piracy and the steps she is taking to prevent it.
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Sandy Sein Thein is one member of a growing contingent of Burmese society: those among us who left Burma to work or study, but have returned to contribute their skills and vision to larger Burmese society at a time of rapid change.
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Burma’s last general election, held in 2010, was largely viewed as fraudulent, an assessment that many blamed on inaccurate and doctored voter lists. As this year’s landmark election draws near, new voter lists are beginning to take shape. The first phase of voter lists in Rangoon was rolled out in late March, when a preliminary list of all eligible voters in 10 townships were made public. Phase two, which will catalog another 14 of the city’s 45 townships, is set to be publicly displayed for two weeks starting on May 25.
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As an historic gathering of Burma’s major ethnic armed organisations entered its fourth day on Tuesday, reports emerged that the Kokang rebel Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), along with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA) were ready to renounce membership of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Bloc (NCCT), a negotiation team set up by ethnic bloc the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC).
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Ethnic leaders are currently meeting in Panghsang, the headquarters of the secretive United Wa State Army (UWSA), to discuss the draft text of a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement negotiated between the government and ethnic armed groups in March.
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