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“We Have to Hide Our Face”: Cambodia’s Eco-Activists Go Undercover

Environmental advocacy group Mother Nature Cambodia is known for their confrontational videos, with activists exposing crimes against nature. But with three members jailed, and others facing harassment, the group has decided to conceal their identities.
  • Ouch Sony
  • Matt Surrusco
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In Surabaya’s Abandoned Colonial Warehouses, Hundreds Make Their Home

With land and adequate housing out of reach for many working poor in Indonesia’s Surabaya, some have made their home for decades in abandoned colonial-era warehouses. The squatters say it’s not ideal, but it’s what they can afford, and it’s home.
  • Reno Surya
  • Fully Syafi
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“I Lost My Education”: Refugees in Malaysia Face Widening School Gap

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities in access to quality education around the world. In Kuala Lumpur, an underfunded informal education system for refugee and asylum-seeking youth may soon collapse, leaving their education outlook bleak.
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Benjamin
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A Mass Trial in Cambodia Points to Far-Flung Anti-Opposition Efforts

A general contractor in Texas who has never set foot in Cambodia is among more than a dozen foreign citizens called up to a mass trial of the banned main opposition party. Their experiences suggest Thai authorities supplied a Cambodian court with their names.
  • Matt Surrusco
  • Ouch Sony
  • Charis Loke
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“ပုရွက်ဆိတ်နှင့်ဆင်တို့တိုက်ပွဲအလား” မြန်မာ့တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားကျောင်းသားများဆို

ယခုနှစ်အတွင်း ဒါဇင်နှင့်ချီ ဖမ်းစီးမှုများရှိနေသည့်ကြားက၊ တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားသူကျောင်းသားအုပ်စုုငယ်တစ်ခု ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ်တွင်ဖြစ်ပွားနေသည့် လက်နက်ကိုင်ပဋိပက္ခဒဏ်ကို အင်တာနက်ဖြတ်တောက်ခြင်းနှင့် မီဒီယာ များကန့်သတ်ခံရခြင်းကြောင့် နှုတ်ဆိတ်ခံနေရသည့်ဖြစ်ရပ်များအား၊ ခါးစည်းခံနေရသည့်အရပ်သားများကိုယ် စား ထုတ်ဖော်ပြောဆိုကြရန်ဆုံးဖြတ်ထားကြသည်။
  • Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Thu Ra Kyaw
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“The Queen” Dredging a Fishing Dead Zone

The seas off the coast of Makassar in South Sulawesi used to be filled with fish. In recent times, however, fishermen say the practice of sand dredging for reclamation projects has depleted fish stocks and caused families to go hungry.
  • Eko Rusdianto
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“Like Ants Fighting Elephants”: Student Activists in Myanmar Speak Out

Despite dozens of arrests this year, a small group of student activists are determined to raise their voices on behalf of civilians in Rakhine State who have been affected by armed conflict, and largely silenced by internet and media restrictions.
  • Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Thu Ra Kyaw
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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
  • Veshalini Naidu
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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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