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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

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
podcast

“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

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Indonesia’s Years of Violence

Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir, "Romanticism in the Years of Violence", sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research

Putu Oka and Goenawan

Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia's Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for "Indonesia's Years of Violence".
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research
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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
journalism

Crumbling Caliphate

New Naratif talks to Noor Huda Ismail, a former member of Darul Islam, and a social entrepreneur, film-maker and scholar about his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the Caliphate podcast produced by the New York Times.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast

Activism Amidst Crisis

How do activists cope with, question, and challenge the multiple existential and ideological crises that humanity collectively faces? The "Activism in Crisis" online conference sought to discuss all these questions. Two organisers, Tim Min Jie and Suraendher Kumarr, join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUp Singapore) to discuss these and more.
  • New Naratif
podcast

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
journalism

Preetipls: Singapore's TOP Activist!

Preetipls, comedian and activist, discusses her life, activism, and philosophy with PJ and Sean, and in particular her political awakening and her growth as a political activist
  • New Naratif
podcast

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
journalism
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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
journalism

Critical Theory in Singapore and the Philosophy of Social Justice

Philosopher Farhan Idris discusses how liberation of the mind goes hand in hand with liberation of the body, and how Bras Basah Open tries to create spaces where people can come together and engage in new modes of humanistic inquiry, discussion and critique for collective freedom.
  • New Naratif
podcast
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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
journalism

Why Wares Mutual Aid?

Singapore is, by many measures, one of the richest countries in the world with a government famous for efficient interventions in society. So why is there widespread poverty, and why does civil society have to independently organise to help those in need? PJ Thum talks to a volunteer with Wares Mutual Aid, a community-run spreadsheet which aims to connect those in need with offers of support.
  • New Naratif
podcast

Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast
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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
journalism

Articulating an Alternative to the PAP's Singapore

PJ Thum reflects on GE2020, outlines three major ideologies which underpin People's Action Party (PAP) governance in Singapore, uses the Worker's Party as a case study of how an opposition party has positioned itself in relation to these ideologies, and challenges the Progress Singapore Party (and all other political parties) to articulate a coherent alternative.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast
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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
journalism

Parti Liyani: A Volunteer Speaks

The trial of Parti Liyani rocked Singapore and brought down one of Singapore's most powerful businessmen. Dr Stephanie Chok, part of the team supporting Parti Liyani, gives an inside view on the case, the possible mishandling of the investigation by the police, the problems with the trial, and how this is not an isolated incident but related to broader structural issues plaguing Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

Malaysia's Shifting Political Alliances

On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Professor Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist working on political institutions and group conflicts about the feasibility of an anti-hopping law in Malaysia and the larger systemic issues that have led to these shifting political alliances.
  • Deborah Augustin
podcast
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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
journalism