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

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.

Indonesia’s geopolitical future needs robust climate action

Equipping activism with a geopolitical angle might prove useful, giving environmentalism a base in foreign policy and economic nationalism.

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.

Countering climate collapse: the Spring Revolution must centre indigenous voices

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

Researching in Indonesia without fieldwork in the age of COVID

What alternative designs have researchers implemented to manage the limitations of the "new normal"?

NBSEAS: “The First Vietnam War: Violence, Sovereignty, and the Fracture of the South, 1945-1956”

The book begins with a provocative question: why did the communist-led resistance against French colonial rule in Vietnam fail in the south?

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.

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.

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

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

2021: Déjà vu and new devastation – New Mandala’s year that was

New Mandala is taking a break, in the meantime we leave readers with reflections & the top posts of 2022.