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23 January, 2022

Hydro-power projects and cultural rights for Bunong communities in Cambodia

Bunly Soeung

The LSS2 dam blocked 2 of the Mekong River Basin's largest rivers, with serious social, economic and cultural impacts.

COVID19, palakasan and the culture of clientelism in the Philippines

Palakasan is a “negative” social practice that distorted the allocation of the SAP and other aid which local politicians had control over.

In Indonesia, Sumatra’s coal brings more harm than good

The coal sector is strongly linked to national and regional oligarchs, and coal businesses often play a role as financiers for political candidates.

Countering climate collapse: the Spring Revolution must centre indigenous voices

In the midst of the Spring Revolution, new opportunities arise for climate justice.

Countering climate collapse: the Spring Revolution must centre indigenous voices

In the midst of the Spring Revolution, new opportunities arise for climate justice.

Nô lệ thời nay: Phụ nữ Việt Nam lao động giúp việc nhà ở Ả-rập Xê-út

Cái chết mới đây của một cô gái vị thành niên tên H Xuân Siu, được tuyển dụng làm người giúp việc nhà tại Ả-rập Xê-út đã khiến cả thế giới bàng hoàng.

New Mandala and environmental justice in 2022 – call for submissions

New Mandala invites submissions on the most pressing environmental justice issues in the Southeast Asia.

Addressing food security in Indonesia

Food estates are costly and fail to value the application of ecological principles, especially local agroecological practices rooted in local communities.

Rethinking memories of Darul Islam

The anti-traditional rule of the Darul Islam movement had a tremendous impact on indigeneity and the way that it is constructed today among the Duri

Indonesia’s Jalan tengah in the new age of great power rivalries

Indonesia’s decision to gamble with a degree of its strategic autonomy should thus be regarded as the latest reinterpretation of jalan tengah.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

Pertanyakan niat: pemerintah Indonesia tak berkomitmen hapuskan kekerasan seksual

Dengan dihilangkannya kata ‘penghapusan’ dari RUU kekerasan seksual, bangsa tidak lagi berusaha untuk menghentikan kekerasan seksual...

Dispossession, deforestation and deceit in Myanmar

Past attempts to attain palm oil self-sufficiency resulted in widespread extortion and the theft of lands from local communities around the country.

The Centrality of the Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar’s Post-Coup Era

Humanitarian work without the recognition of the CDM will provoke public distrust and rejection.

EAOs & China: Two Letters from Northern Myanmar to the CCP

On their 100th anniversary the CCP received two congratulatory messages from Ethnic Armed organizations (EAOs) in northern Myanmar are noteworthy

SOUTHEAST ASIA IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Letter to coronavirus

From Timor-Leste, 'this is not a friendly letter. You’re like the black storm clouds that block us from seeing the moon.' Dadolin Murak reflects on what humanity might learn from the challenges we are facing.

Misinformation & government inaction fuel vaccine hesitancy in the Philippines

95% of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in resettlement sites built after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 are not vaccinated.

The sick man of Asia: COVID-19 lockdowns and cyclical expansion of healthcare inequalities

This public health problem demands a radically different solution.

Remembering the “progressive” Philippine Church

The Church should recall its long tradition of fighting for the oppressed and caring for the poor and marginalized, and act in the same spirit towards the current regime

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Thai Youth Movements in Comparison: White Ribbons in 2020 and Din Daeng in 2021

All youth groups are calling for change, but at different levels.

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE AND BRUNEI

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“Semut: The Untold Story of a Secret Australian Operation in WWII Borneo”

"....when you actually sit down and look at what happened, the locals were key participants in all of these war activities."

Alatas and autonomous knowledge

Ideas for an autonomous social science tradition have influenced scholars for two generations.

Scholarly Journeys: Substation and Singapore’s Academia

The Substation as we know it may be history, but its significance should not be written as an obituary.

LAOS, VIETNAM, TIMOR LESTE AND MORE

Modern-day slavery: Vietnamese women domestic workers in Saudi Arabia

Details around the recent death of migrant domestic worker, H Xuân Siu, reveal an exploitative transnational labour export system.

Going under? Belt and Road megaprojects and sovereign debt in Laos

Financial ruptures have flowed on from an aggressive dam-building spree in Laos.

Gameplay for good: gamified crowdsourcing for better public policy in Southeast Asia

The success of Translator Gator illustrates a gap between current policy making and rapidly changing technologies.

“Human dignity” in Cambodian law, policy and civil society advocacy

Significant differences arise around how “human dignity” is defined and protected, and what it requires of states, non-state institutions and citizens.

The impact of COVID-19 on the civil society sector in Cambodia: a year on

The voices of and inputs from communities and civil society in national strategic development planning have not been heard.

The Spirit of China in Cambodia

As Chinese influence intensifies, Cambodians are trying position themselves in relation to this new tide of values.

Peace, prosperity, progress? The Paris Peace Agreements

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Podcast 1. Guiding a transition to democracy: mission impossible?

Dive deep into archives of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia and its UNTAC Radio.

ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

‘The East’ in a transnational context: The Indonesian War of Independence in film

Ethical questions around Dutch soldiers’ actions on which the film reflects are less urgent in Indonesian films.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

Age of Empires II: Rise of the Rajas – playing the past in Southeast Asia

For better or worse, players and game designers are part of the project of making Southeast Asian history.

ART DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Living Art under attack in Timor-Leste: Arte Moris

The eviction of the young nation's only art school has shown who holds the real power in Timor-Leste.

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