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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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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).
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Subhas Nair, Renaissance Man

Subhas Nair is a musician, activist, philosopher, athlete, and renaissance man. He discusses his life, his music, his philosophy, and all the positive change he wants to bring to the world with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han
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Singapore's Prime Minister's Office vs. New Naratif

Following his four and a half hour interrogation, the seizure of his mobile phone and laptop, and the invasion of his home by the Singapore police, New Naratif Managing Director PJ Thum explains what exactly New Naratif is being accused of having done, how this is an abuse of the law, and how this is part of a long-standing campaign of harassment and intimidation by the PAP government against New Naratif.
  • New Naratif
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The Plight of Indonesia’s Vulnerable Domestic Workers

Aisyah Llewellyn speaks to Lita Anggraini and Damai Pakpahan about the Protection for Domestic Workers Bill in Indonesia (RUU PRT), a draft law for domestic workers’ protection that has been stuck in parliament for over a decade and discuss the initiatives being taken to help this vulnerable workforce.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
  • Kelly Anissa
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Flair de Lune

Lune Loh, co-founder of Students for a Safer NUS, member of tFreedom, and Executive Director of TransNUS, speaks to PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUpSG) about her activism, her life as a trans woman in Singapore (especially during National Service), and the recent kerfuffle over an educational event on bondage and rope play organised by tFreedom.
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什么是MA63?为何对沙巴、砂拉越重要?

在《1963年马来西亚协议》契约下,沙巴与砂拉越是当年马来亚联合邦的平等伙伴,但自那以后,这个地位却逐被削弱。以下是恢复沙砂平等地位所意味着的必要条件,以及它为何如此重要的原因。
  • Vila Somiah
  • Timothy James
  • Hua Chai
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