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‘The idea of commander in chief is similar to the government’

Kyaw Hsan, the union minister of information and culture, gave Mizzima an exclusive interview in the production office of Myanmar Radio and Television in Rangoon on March 18, 2012, marking the inauguration of Mizzima’s return to Burma as a working media organization. Mizzima now operates offices in Burma, New Delhi and Chiang Mai. Read more… »

Comedian Zarganar, Khin Nyunt hold meeting

The Burmese comedian Zarganar; director and actor Zin Wine;  directors Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and Kyi Phyu Shin and former intelligence chief and prime minister Khin Nyunt met for a conversation on January 15. On Monday, Zarganar, along with Zin Wine, met with San Pwint, a former major in Military Intelligence who arrested Zarganar two times. Khin Nyunt was ousted and arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 44 years in prison in 2005 on various corruption charges. San Pwint was arrested and charged in the same case. Mizzima correspondent Ko Wild talked with Zarganar about his visit with Khin Nyunt at his home. Read more… »

‘They ordered me to renounce my monkhood’

Abbot Ashin Wayponela,  aka Win Tin of Shwebonetha monastery in Mandalay, was released from Yamethin Prison under the recent amnesty. He was arrested in connection with a communal riot case between Buddhists and Islamists in Taungoo and received a 22-year prison term; he served more than 10 ½  years in Taungoo, Mandalay and Yamethin prisons. Mizzima reporter Ko Wild interviewed him on his prison experience and his future plans. Read more… »

I am ‘on the road’

(Interview) – The abbot of Maggin Monastery, U Einda, 52, has been a monk for 32 years. He was released from Lashio Prison on Friday. He was arrested in connection with his support of the 2007 “Saffron Revolution.” Mizzima reporter Phanida talks to him about prison life, being re-ordained as a monk, President Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi and the future of Burma. Read more… »

88-generation leaders meet with Suu Kyi

(Interview) – 88-Generation Students met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday to talk about their statement: “The Attitude of 88-Generation Students on the current political atmosphere and landscape” issued on December 5. The group will not run candidates elections until all political prisoners are released. Suu Kyi and former army captain Win Htein of the National League for Democracy (NLD) attended the meeting. Read more… »

Derek Mitchell: Burma policy point man

(Interview) – Derek Mitchell, the special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, talked with reporters at the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Tuesday, at the end of his visit to brief Chinese officials on recent U.S. talks with Burmese officials. The interview includes the U.S. view of recent reforms by the new Burmese government, regional security, ethnic minorities and cooperation between the U.S. and China regarding reforms in Burma. The interview, provided by the U.S. State Department, has been edited for length. Read more… »

Clinton Makes Landmark Visit to Burma

VOA : Hillary Clinton has begun a landmark trip to Burma, becoming the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit there in 50 years.

Clinton arrived in the Burmese capital Naypyitaw Wednesday from South Korea, where she told reporters she will determine for herself the civilian Burmese government’s intentions to continue political and economic reforms. Read more… »

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi To Run In Parliamentary Polls

The Associated Press :  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to run for parliament in upcoming by-elections, a decision that was expected after her party decided last week to rejoin mainstream politics in long-isolated Myanmar. Read more… »