Teguh Harahap, Aisyah Llewellyn

For those in Indonesia with few employment options and limited capital, selling drugs can be a lucrative and easy way to earn extra money—thanks to surprising support from the local community.

Yesenia Amaro, Sengkong Bun

A spate of deaths in Kratie province has drawn attention to Cambodia’s problematic mining industry after reports that cyanide, used to flush gold mines, was found in the water.

Sophie Raynor

16 years ago, Timor-Leste reclaimed its independence after decades of brutal occupation. The world’s attention turned away. But for the women whose contributions to independence go unrecognised, the fight never stopped.

Victoria Milko

In Myanmar—and across Southeast Asia more generally—women are generally under-represented as sources in the media. Efforts have sprung up across the region to address this problem, and through it, change the way in which women are perceived.

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli

Artist Fahmi Reza attracted international attention when he was prosecuted for his work portraying the former Malaysian prime minister as a clown. After the 9 May election, but Fahmi's motivations remain the same: "to use graphic arts as a weapon to fight against injustice".

Sophie Raynor

Timor-Leste’s first Pride parade last year was heralded in international headlines as a major win for LGBTQ equality, but advocates and activists say there’s still a long way to go to shift mindsets.

Febriana Firdaus

A conversation with Dian Yulia Novi, the first woman to be convicted for plotting a bomb attack in Indonesia, sheds light on the journey taken towards radicalisation and violence.

Aisyah Llewellyn

This week in Southeast Asian stories to watch: Who will be the Sultan of Yogyakarta's successor? A minister gets embroiled in a corruption case in Vietnam, while questions continue to swirl over plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

Kate Mayberry

The families of four individuals who have disappeared in Malaysia are pressing for answers in a public enquiry with few leads.

Ainur Rohmah, Weiying Wu


Katharine Ee

The “tsunami rakyat” that brought Malaysia its first ever change in government was built on long years of hard work by the country’s civil society. There’s no time for them to rest on their laurels, but activists say they’ve already experienced great change on a personal level.