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Mappanre Tasi: A Tale of Two Fishing Islands

In Sulawesi, two islands are home to the Mappanre Tasi ritual—a celebration of the sea which takes place at Islamic New Year. In recent times, the ritual has become increasingly under threat as conflicting fishing practices and religious fervour begin to endanger its spiritual premise.
  • F Daus AR
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Explainer: Undocumented Migrants in Malaysia

What is the difference between a migrant worker, a refugee and a stateless person? Why do migrants come to Malaysia? How do they become undocumented?
  • Katrina Jorene Maliamauv
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The Sustainability “Entrepreneur” and the Lawsuits

Nigel Grier has sold himself as a businessman with a plan: a financial and environmentally-friendly return on your investment. But those who invested in his eco-projects in Myanmar and Indonesia say they received neither.
  • Edward Cowley
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A Surrogate Family and the Law That Criminalised Them

Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy in 2016, but the future of the practice and people involved is unclear. Since then, about 100 surrogate mothers have been ordered by courts to raise the children they carried for others—a costly but happy result for one.
  • Sineat Yon
  • Danielle Keeton-Olsen
  • Penkuro
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Reporting In! 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

We believe in openness and transparency. As a matter of principle, we share how we’ve been doing, from the amount of content we’ve published to the state of our finances. Here's our report from the Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (with accounts from Apr 2019 - Mar 2020).
  • New Naratif
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The Serpent Seekers of North Java

Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Down and Out in Bandung’s Dollar City

In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Fear and Loathing at Citarum’s Pollution Ground Zero

Along West Java’s longest river, the Citarum, chemical pollution, siltation and agriculture waste have made the waterway one of the world’s dirtiest. Those working on its banks say efforts are being made to clean it up. But will they turn the tide?
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Singapore’s Migrant Labour-Climate Crisis Conundrum

Some migrants in Singapore are employed in industries that exploit both the environment and workers themselves, contributing to the climate crisis that sent many fleeing hostile weather conditions at home, as well as a labour crisis that relies on precarious work.
  • Meerabelle Jesuthasan
  • Charis Loke
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The Silence of Myanmar’s Whistle-Blower Cop

Former police captain Moe Yan Naing has been showered with awards for exposing a police plot to entrap two journalists who uncovered a military massacre of Rohingya. The awards have shielded him from questions about his own potential involvement in the killings.
  • Jacob Goldberg
  • Cape Diamond
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Berpulang Tanpa Perayaan

Pandemi turut menimbulkan riak bagi tatanan sosial budaya masyarakat Batak. Berbagai ritual kematian sakral—yang dapat berlangsung berhari-hari dan dihadiri ratusan orang—kini harus turut disiasati.
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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An Absence of Adat

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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活在生死之间

马来西亚的新政府在政权更迭的几月后开始考虑废除死刑。在这具有争议性的讨论中,一名死囚的案件引发了关于错误处决的一些问题。原文发表于2019年7月3日。
  • Emily Ding
  • Charis Loke
  • Ellena Ekarahendy
  • Jessica Xu
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Myanmar’s Cinema Centenary and Film Censorship

As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
  • Adam Bemma
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Death With a Dash of Disney

At a cemetery designated for the COVID-19 pandemic’s dead in Medan, Indonesia, staff require mourners to wear protective clothes, and offer to capture their visit on camera for posterity.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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