Myanmar is unique in that it plays a role in both of New Delhi’s two major foreign policy initiatives—‘Act East’ and ‘Neighborhood First’—says Ambassador Saurabh Kuma
The Irrawaddy speaks with Dr. Manam Tu Ja of the Kachin State People’s Party about the 2020 election, Myanmar’s political history and advancing the peace process.
Locals not fully consulted on impacts of China’s BRI rail project in northern Shan State, says the Heartland Foundation, a Shan State-based environmental watchdog.
After marking 20 years of publishing Mon news, Guiding Star says it is being crushed by people’s inability to read the Mon language and online competition.
Mon national schools educate primary students in their own tongue, while maintaining access to the state’s higher education system; funding remains a problem, though.
Kachin lawmaker Maran Ja Seng Hkawn, daughter of a Kachin revolutionary, talks about the challenges facing Myanmar’s democracy and its prospects for federalism.
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.