When the Myanmar military started killing peaceful protesters in remote Chin State in the wake of the 1 February coup, local youths armed themselves with handmade rifles and started shooting back. They say they have killed at least 165 soldiers.
Military violence is taking a psychological toll on Myanmar’s anti-coup resistance. New spaces, like a pop-up art therapy centre, are creating opportunities for activists and journalists to discuss their mental health and stay primed for the revolution.
A year after Wanchalearm Satsaksit vanished, authorities say there is no proof he was abducted in Phnom Penh. A joint investigation reveals details of the Thai dissident’s escape from Thailand, life in exile in Cambodia and the last days before he disappeared.
Small-scale pork farmers bear the brunt of the Duterte administration’s neoliberal response to African swine fever, which promotes importing foreign pork rather than protecting local industries and preserving the Philippines’ food self-sufficiency.
Vietnamese dissidents and citizen journalists are turning to social media to broadcast criticisms of the state. In response, the Communist Party is deploying new laws and loyalist hackers to police the ways people can use platforms like Facebook.
Opposition to the Myanmar junta has forged connections and solidarity as Myanmar diaspora communities in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as local activists in Indonesia, brave personal risks to speak out against the coup.
His father was Malaysian; his mother’s nationality is unknown. Xenophobia and a decade-long legal and bureaucratic battle stand between Wong Kueng Hui and citizenship in the country of his birth. He’s one of hundreds of thousands of stateless people in Sabah.
Without gender-affirming surgery, Lò Kim Thủy cannot change her legal gender in Vietnam. Without changing her gender, she cannot get a stable job or attend university. Without a job or an education, she may never be able to afford gender-affirming surgery.
Offshore gas workers in Myanmar say they want to join the anti-coup Civil Disobedience Movement and cut off one of the military’s main sources of revenue. But they fear going on strike will draw reprisals from management, or even the military.
CNN reporter Clarissa Ward’s shallow coverage of the Myanmar coup, her endangerment of her sources and her embarrassing rationalisations erode journalistic ethics and perpetuate the notion that brown people need a white saviour, writes Aye Min Thant.