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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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The Universal Periodic Review of Singapore's Human Rights Record

Singapore's next review of its human rights record by the UN is due in mid-2021. Jolene Tan and Emmy Charissa, who contributed to Singapore's civil society reports for previous and upcoming iterations of the review, sit down with PJ Thum to explain the Universal Periodic Review, why it matters and the latest civil society report.
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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
journalism

Behind Malaysia’s Drug Laws: A Family’s Ordeal

On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to filmmakers Loh Jo Yee and Hidayah Hisham as they delve into Malaysia’s criminal justice system with their upcoming documentary, Ayahku, Dr G (My Father, Dr G), which follows Siti and her 60-year-old father, who faces the death penalty for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Climate Crisis Is Not Just About the Climate

Annika Mock and Kristian-Marc James of SG Climate Rally join PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUp Singapore) to talk about the global, Singaporean, and human contexts of the climate crisis, how structural change can occur, and how people can help.
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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
journalism

Singaporean Foreign Policy in the Eras of Trump and Biden

Prof Ian Chong, returns to talk about Singapore's place in Trump’s foreign policy; how that will change under Biden; the repercussions of domestic behaviour on international relations; and how the lack of discussion in Singapore on where Singapore's interests lie negatively affects the country.
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Raffles Must Fall? The Memory and History of Colonialism

The story of the Raffles statue in Singapore is a story of memory, not history. From its creation in 1887, the statue has been part of an official colonial and later post-independence narrative, created and reinterpreted by successive governments as a basis for civic unity for the island.
  • Gareth Knapman
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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
journalism

An American Political Insider Explains American Politics

Antonio Peronace, the founding Creative Director of the Democratic Caucus in, first, the House of Representatives and then the Senate, answers your most curious questions about the nature of American politics from the perspective of someone who has intimately participated in it for well over a decade.
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A Future Rooted in Our Forests

On today’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Shaq Koyok, a contemporary artist from the indigenous Temuan community about his thoughts on the plan to degazette 97% of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve in Malaysia, an area that not only has an important role to play in conserving biodiversity, but is also significant to the indigenous communities who rely on it to survive.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia

Dalam memoar terbarunya berjudul “Romantisme Tahun Kekerasan”, penulis Martin Aleida membongkar penindasan dari stigma yang dihadapi oleh jurnalis di Indonesia pada tahun 1960an.
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
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Putu Oka dan Goenawan

Putu Oka Sukanta dan Goenawan Mohamad merefleksikan Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia dan persahabatan mereka dengan Martin Aleida. Materi tambahan untuk "Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia".
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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
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