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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
podcast

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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
podcast

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
journalism

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Singapore's "Paper Generals"

Singapore's recent woes with the MRT system have once again surfaced questions over the suitability of former military generals to decision-making roles in civilian life.
  • Tay Jing En
journalism

Mendorong Indonesia untuk Melindungi Perempuan dari Kekerasan

Dengan kasus kekerasan terhadap perempuan di Indonesia masih diperlakukan sebagai bahan tabloid yang sensasional, kemajuan untuk melindungi perempuan di tingkat nasional masih sangat lamban. Tetapi aktivis perlahan menggeser tanah.
  • Kate Walton
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

Pushing Indonesia to Protect Women from Violence

With cases of violence against women in Indonesia still treated as sensational tabloid material, progress to protect women on a national level is slow. But activists are slowly shifting the ground.
  • Kate Walton
journalism

The Use of Humiliation as a Political Tool

Singapore's Vandalism Act (1966) was designed, from the beginning, as a political tool to humiliate those who fight to exercise their right to free speech and political expression.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

The Political Apathy of Vietnamese Youth

In the age of Trump, refugees and social media, many young Vietnamese speak of a disconnect with the rest of the world, while others eagerly embrace radical change.
  • Yen Duong
journalism

"Sebuah Isu Politik": Mengingat kerusuhan di Medan tahun 1998

Untuk memahami reaksi masyarakat Tionghoa-Indonesia di Medan terhadap meningkatnya ketegangan etnis, diperlukan kesadaran bahwa kekerasan anti-Cina pada tahun 1998 bukanlah sebuah isu ras, tetapi isu politik.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

How Discrimination Kills Gay Men in Singapore

Contrary to the Prime Minister's stated position of "Live and Let Live", cradle to grave discrimination in Singapore results in gay men being economically poorer and less healthy, and consequently leading shorter and more impoverished lives.
  • John Lee
research

Bridging the Divide in Migrant Worker Research

Identifying and acknowledging points of convergence and divergence could go a long way in enabling more collaborations between academics and NGOs when it comes to research into migrant worker issues.
  • Nicholas Harrigan
research

From Closet to Pride

Vietnamese artists like Truong Tan formed the vanguard of LGBTQ visibility in a country where “traditional customs” carry much weight.
  • Cristina Nualart
research

More Dangerous Than Nuclear War

Despite historical tolerance of different sexual orientations and gender identities, Indonesian politicians are using LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue in their power play.
  • Kate Walton
journalism

Lebih Berbahaya daripada Perang Nuklir

Meskipun memiliki sejarah toleransi terhadap orientasi seksual dan identitas gender yang berbeda, politisi Indonesia menggunakan hak LGBTQ sebagai isu utama dalam permainan kekuasaan mereka.
  • Kate Walton
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

What is a New Naratif?

How did the name New Naratif come about? Our Managing Director Thum Ping Tjin shares its origin story.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
journalism