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The Substation and the Control of the Arts in Singapore

T. Sasitharan, former Artistic Director of The Substation (1996-2000) talks about its controversial eviction and impending closure, and broader problems with how the arts are controlled, funded, and censored in Singapore (to the country's impoverishment).
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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“Don’t Go to Work”: Fundraising for Myanmar’s Revolution

Anti-coup labour strikes have set off a war of attrition in Myanmar. Will the junta succumb to economic deprivation before the Civil Disobedience Movement crumbles under military violence? Ad hoc fundraisers are fuelling the pro-democracy movement.
  • Jacob Goldberg
journalism

The Tudung Debate: A Muslim Woman's Perspective

Nur Friday talks to PJ and Sean about the ongoing controversy over Muslim women in frontline public sector roles not being allowed to wear the tudung, and in particular about the lack of female Muslim representation in policy making.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How Singaporeans Can Help the People of Myanmar

Singapore holds considerable economic leverage over Myanmar’s generals. Vanessa Chong of Fortify Rights says Singapore must block the Myanmar military’s access to funds that finance their crimes, and Singaporeans must support the Civil Disobedience Movement.
  • Vanessa Chong
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Making Opposition Politics Relevant and Diverse in Singapore

Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party's new Women's and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about the Youth Wing and its relationship to the party as a whole. They also discuss the challenges to creating a more diverse PSP, especially with regard to women and youth.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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On Patrol, a Mekong Village Tackles Electric Fishing Scourge

Volunteer community patrollers along the Mekong in Cambodia aim to stop a rise in illegal electric fishing, which harms river ecosystems and livelihoods that rely on protected fisheries. But the sale of outlawed gear allows the dangerous practice to continue.
  • Gerald Flynn
  • Andy Ball
  • Sorn Srenh
journalism

Female Genital Cutting in Singapore

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on the 6th of February, Sya Taha and Saza Faradilla join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) to discuss the issue of Female Genital Cutting in Singapore, the harm it causes, and the barriers to eliminating it.
  • New Naratif
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Getting to Know Our New Editor-in-Chief

Deborah Germaine Augustin sits down with New Naratif's new Editor-in-Chief, Jacob Goldberg, and they talk about his direction and what members can look forward to under his leadership.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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From Barricades to Community Housing Plans, San Roque Still Standing

After a decade of resistance to home evictions and demolitions, the Philippine community of San Roque has kept up its barriers against authorities and corporate developers. Residents have also added alternative housing plans to their defensive strategy, but will they hold?
  • Michael Beltran
journalism

Building a New Opposition Political Party in Singapore

Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party's new Women's and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about why they decided to join politics, what they hope to achieve, their values and vision for Singapore, and the challenges of establishing their respective wings.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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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
journalism

Building a Mentally Healthy Community

PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) speak to Reetaza "Reetz" Chatterjee, the founder of "Your Head Lah!" about her own experiences with mental illness, her journey in figuring out her role in activism, and about the mental health landscape in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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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
journalism
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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
journalism

Artists Respond: Hindsight Is 2020

Ten artists take us on a journey from virtual meeting rooms in Malaysia and Singapore to the streets of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. They ponder the intensely personal impact of the pandemic and picture large-scale protests for democracy.
  • Yunroo
  • Sunny Go
  • Afif Slim
  • Julia Hannie
  • Stephani Soejono
  • Richard Mercado
  • Townsunder
  • Ollie
  • Pssyppl
  • Suppachai Vong
comic

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
journalism

A Faithful History of Colonisation

Fidellithy Tan, writer and host of the "History of Colonisation" podcast, discusses with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) about her podcast, her goals, and her thoughts on history, colonialism, and education in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
podcast

“ပုရွက်ဆိတ်နှင့်ဆင်တို့တိုက်ပွဲအလား” မြန်မာ့တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားကျောင်းသားများဆို

ယခုနှစ်အတွင်း ဒါဇင်နှင့်ချီ ဖမ်းစီးမှုများရှိနေသည့်ကြားက၊ တက်ကြွလှုပ်ရှားသူကျောင်းသားအုပ်စုုငယ်တစ်ခု ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ်တွင်ဖြစ်ပွားနေသည့် လက်နက်ကိုင်ပဋိပက္ခဒဏ်ကို အင်တာနက်ဖြတ်တောက်ခြင်းနှင့် မီဒီယာ များကန့်သတ်ခံရခြင်းကြောင့် နှုတ်ဆိတ်ခံနေရသည့်ဖြစ်ရပ်များအား၊ ခါးစည်းခံနေရသည့်အရပ်သားများကိုယ် စား ထုတ်ဖော်ပြောဆိုကြရန်ဆုံးဖြတ်ထားကြသည်။
  • Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Thu Ra Kyaw
journalism

Charles Yeo, the Chairman of the Reform Party

Charles Yeo skyrocketed to fame in Singapore's recent elections and subsequently was elected chairman of the Reform Party. He talks to PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up, Singapore) about his life and political beliefs, immigration policy and the future of the Reform Party.
  • New Naratif
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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
journalism