The Irrawaddy asks prominent individuals in various walks of life about how the events of 2020 impacted them, the lessons they drew and their hopes for the coming year.
Every cool season, Yangon’s air pollution rises to dangerous levels as people burn the many dead leaves that accumulate, along with plastic and other trash.
From deadly air pollution to deteriorating ecosystems to weak regulatory frameworks, Myanmar’s environmental problems call for urgent attention.
After her family went into debt to pay a ransom for her release, Daw Khin Myint Htay tells The Irrawaddy she now lives in fear.
Japanese envoy Yohei Sasakawa tells The Irrawaddy he is disappointed with the Union Election Commission for not acting on his advice that voting can be held in Rakhine.
Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson tells The Irrawaddy he urged the Tatmadaw chief to make the military’s demining efforts in Kachin the basis for further peacebuilding with rebels.
Karen environmentalist Saw Paul Sein Twa, winner of the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize, talks to The Irrawaddy about the Salween Peace Park and his future plans.
Ichiro Maruyama also revealed Japan’s key role in bringing AA, Tatmadaw and government together to set in motion a Rakhine State election.
Shan Nationalities League for Democracy spokesman Sai Leik says the new government should offer jobs to ethnic political leaders and devolve powers away from Naypyitaw.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks international observers who have been following the country’s political issues for years for their views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks David Mathieson, an independent analyst and researcher on Myanmar affairs, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks Priscilla Clapp, a former US diplomat and long-term observer of Myanmar, for her views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to go to the polls, The Irrawaddy asks Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn, an expert in regional politics, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks Bertil Lintner, a veteran journalist and author of several books on Myanmar, for his views on November’s election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks David Steinberg, a former lecturer and author of many books on the country, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.