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Fashion designer Mo Hom

Fashion designer Mo Hom is the owner of Lotus Hom LLC, which is a partial translation of her name in her Shan mother tongue. After almost a decade of success as a fashion designer in New York, Mo Hom returned to live in Myanmar permanently in 2012. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Jessica Mudditt spoke to Mo Hom about her passion for creating clothing that combines the modern with the traditional.

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Nay Phone Latt: Former political prisoner and blogger, MIDO founder, PEN Myanmar secretary and campaigner against hate speech

Former political prisoner Nay Phone Latt, 34, is the secretary of PEN Myanmar and executive director of the advocacy group, Myanmar ICT Development Organization (MIDO), which he founded in February 2012. In April he launched the anti-hate speech movement panzagar ("flower speech"), which has campaigned on social media and in public using street theatre. He spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt about his passion for information and communications technology and his efforts to create a more tolerant society.

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ILO liaison officer Steve Marshall

You can see them in almost every teashop and on street corners selling garlands of flowers: children who should be in school but are helping their parents to make ends meet. They are more fortunate than the legions of other children toiling at strenuous jobs. It is little wonder Myanmar is listed among the top three countries with the worst child labour records on the Maplecroft Child Labour Index 2014. What can be done to eradicate the problem without condeming to even deeper poverty the families who rely on income from their children? This is one of issues Mizzima Business Weekly's Hans Hulst explored in an interview with International Labour Organisation liaison officer Steve Marshall, who has been with the UN agency in Myanmar since 2007.

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Comedian and activist Zarganar

Zarganar is widely considered to be Myanmar’s most popular comedian, as well as being a prolific writer, poet and filmmaker. An outspoken critic of the former military junta, the four-time political prisoner whose real name is U Maung Thura spent a total of 11 years behind bars. He was released in 2013 during a presidential amnesty granted to prisoners of conscience. In an exclusive interview with Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt, Zarganar spoke about his campaign to secure the release of remaining political prisoners and military intelligence officers, as well as his unlikely friendship with a murderer known as Buffalo, who helped him find the path to forgiveness.

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Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi visited Myanmar from August 27 to 29 on the first visit by a high-level Israeli official since 1979. During the visit Mr Hanegbi signed an framework agreement on cooperation in culture and sport. Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint sat down with Mr Hanegbi on August 29 to discuss bilateral relations, conflict between majority and minority groups and Israel's business interests in Myanmar.

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With yearly revenue exceeding US$50 billion, American semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation is a market leader in earnings. It is the inventor of the x86 microprocessors, which are used in most personal computers. Two years ago the California-based firm reached a distribution agreement with Myanmar's KMD Group of Companies. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst sat down with Gregory Bryant, Intel's vice-president and general manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan, during his recent visit to Yangon to talk about the company's expansion plans in Myanmar.

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