TrueLove.Is has been slammed by LGBT activists and their allies for "masking homophobia as holiness", but the experiences of loneliness and isolation that its members have spoken about feeling point to a wider problem in Singapore that's tied up with social stigma and discriminatory policies.
The reporting on the Essex lorry tragedy where 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a lorry has shown how the narrative of poverty only reinforce prejudices against migrants. So long as migrants continue to be marginalised and criminalised, it's important to be mindful of how little we still understand about the push-and-pull factors of migration.
Dr PJ Thum discusses Singapore's economic model, in particular the impact of state and foreign capital, and domestic political competition, on economic strategy. Through this, he explains political, social, and economic control in Singapore, unpacks common myths and misunderstandings surrounding the country, and offers lessons for a post-Brexit Britain.
As concerns over climate change grow in Singapore, many question what one island nation’s actions can possibly change. But as a trading port and financier, its carbon emissions spill far beyond its borders.
Many forest fires in Indonesia—particularly those that contribute to the poisonous haze that drifts across Southeast Asia every year—are exacerbated by the fact that they’re burning on peatlands. For the villagers in the area, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that their struggles continue even after the smoke clears.
In September 2019 New Naratif's Deputy Editor Aisyah Llewellyn travelled to Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra to report on Indonesia's deadly haze. At hotspots like Desa Catur Rahayu, fires raged for months turning the air red and toxic.