The Arakan Front Party vice chairman, U Kyaw Lwin, says the Maday special economic zone will crush people’s lives, like the other large projects on the island.
The chief of the newly formed Kachin State People’s Party, Dr. Manam Tu Ja, says next year’s election could bring sweeping federal reforms and a chance of real peace.
Rev. Hkalam Samson of the Kachin Baptist Convention says leaders talk about peace but they benefit too much from war.
The Irrawaddy sits down with the Karen National Union general secretary for a wide-ranging discussion of the groups’ roles and goals in Myanmar’s peace process.
The army arrests local officials who are contacted by EAOs demanding money, but does not protect them, brother of detained village head in Myanmar’s Shan State says.
The Irrawaddy talks to the Mekong Institute’s Dwight Jason Ronan, Myanmar country coordinator, about food safety at home and in neighboring countries.
More than 300 Shan IDPs that fled civil wars at home in 2002 have little hope that Aung San Suu Kyi’s government can bring peace or repatriation.
U San Kyaw Hla says the state legislature is doing what it can to end rights abuses and inequality; he calls for peace through dialogue and an end to the internet shutdown.
With changes in government and ceasefire agreements signed since 2012, the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Myanmar border continues operating on less and less aid.
Ethnic Shan lawmaker launches bid to establish a Shan ethnic affairs minister constituency in the Karen legislature.
The Kachin State People’s Party is working to get other ethnic alliance parties on board for a coalition government focusing on better rights for Myanmar’s ethnic population.
Daw Nang Yin, wife of Mong La leader U Sai Lin, also praises State Counselor, saying she has had to worker harder than men for her achievements.
The Asia Foundation survey defines the existing constraints in Myanmar’s business environment and identifies opportunities for reform for economic growth.
Key developments at the agency include making training more useful and offering it to lower-level officials, says public policy expert who is assisting the reform process.
On National Day of Sweden, The Irrawaddy interviewed the Swedish ambassador to discuss what Myanmar can learn from his country’s experience in environmental issues.