This week’s panel discusses political prisoners, security sector reform, and ongoing human rights abuses in Burma’s conflict-wracked ethnic borderlands.


Two Burmese gender equality leaders take on the tough question of how women can carve out a greater role in the new government and society at large.


With the National League for Democracy hitting its 40th day in office this week, Irrawaddy Dateline examines what challenges and opportunities remain for the party.


The Irrawaddy reporter May Soe San talks to Aung Kyaw Oo, director of Yangon Electricity Supply Cooperation, about the recent power outages in Yangon, which now gets about 50 percent of its electricity from the national grid.


Arakan Army chief Tun Myat Naing claims wide support in Arakan State despite swelling IDP numbers, and slams recent Burma Army calls for their disarmament.

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The Government Still Discriminates Against Private Media’ By

With World Press Freedom Day commemorations this week, the panel discusses media freedom, information access and the challenges of strong state media for private outlets.

‘Drug-Addicted People Should Not Be Treated as Criminals’ By

Dr. Nang Pann Ei Kham heads a network of civil society groups and researchers who advocate reforming Burma’s ineffective drug control laws.

Dateline Irrawaddy: Shwe Mann ‘Could Have Done More to Build Trust’ By

This week, the panel discusses the recent purge of 17 senior members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, including its former chairman Shwe Mann.


Tint Zaw, a Union Solidarity and Development Party senior member, discusses a recent USDP purge, his party’s plans and Thein Sein’s role in its future. 

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘We Cannot Accept the National Education Law’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with general secretary of the ABFSU Phyoe Phyoe Aung and student union leader Nan Linn about ongoing protests against the National Education Law.


The Irrawaddy speaks with lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun to discuss the State Counselor Bill and Burma’s history of corruption.

Chit Khine: ‘The Leadership Has To Show Magnanimity’ By

The Irrawaddy speaks with Chit Khine, chairman of the Eden Group of Companies, about cronies, corruption and Burma’s economic prospects.

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘People Expect the NLD Will Solve All Their Problems’ By

After a historic power transfer this week, The Irrawaddy team looks at expectations for Burma’s new NLD government and the challenges that lie ahead.


The tycoon talks about expanding his businesses, fostering a younger generation of entrepreneurs and hopes for his removal from the US sanctions list.

Arakan Chief Minister: We ‘Haven’t Discussed’ the State’s IDP Camps By

Arakan State Chief Minister and NLD MP Nyi Pu spoke to The Irrawaddy about his appointment to the post in light of local opposition.


Lei Lei Maw, one of two women appointed chief minister of Burma’s regional governments by the incoming NLD administration, discusses her plans for Tenasserim Division.


The Irrawaddy speaks with journalist Bertil Lintner about an Aung Sang Suu Kyi-led government and the prospects for peace in Burma.

Pat Jasan Reverend: ‘We’ll Continue Our Poppy Eradication’ By

Kachin Baptist Convention Chairman Rev. Gyung Hkawng discusses the reasons behind the activities of the Pat Jasan movement launched by his church.


The Irrawaddy tracks down the incoming cabinet member in Naypyidaw to discuss press freedom and prospects for Burma’s state-owned and private media.

‘Corruption Is A Hindrance to National Development’: Ministerial Nominee By

The Irrawaddy’s Htet Naing Zaw interviews Kyaw Win, who has been put forward by the NLD to serve as Burma’s new Planning and Finance Minister.
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