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An Interview with Effendy Aritonang from Yayasan Fondasi Hidup

On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches: our Editor-in-Chief Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Effendy Aritonang, the National Director of Yayasan Fondasi Hidup - an Indonesian NGO based in Medan, North Sumatra. The foundation was created in Indonesia after the devastating 2004 tsunami, and today it works to address all forms of human poverty through education, healthcare and disaster risk reduction. As part of our Covid-19 coverage, Effendy talks to Aisyah about the work his foundation does and how you can help apply some of their methods to work in your local community.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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In Conversation with Tan Wah Piow

Thum Ping Tjin talks to Tan Wah Piow about childhood, his time in the University of Singapore, his activism, his fraudulent conviction and the PAP government's attempted abuse of the National Service Act, his subsequent flight and exile from Singapore, all the people who helped him along the way, and his reflections on Singapore’s politics and political activism today.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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An Interview with Benny Wenda

In August 2018, Febriana Firdaus (via skype) and Thum Ping Tjin sat down with Benny Wenda to interview him about his life, his people's struggle for freedom, the Free West Papua Movement, and his hopes for the future.
  • Febriana Firdaus
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 20

Adam Bemma speaks to a Thai democracy and human rights activist about his arrest under the country’s lese majeste law and Victoria Milko looks at the difficulties of reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • Adam Bemma
  • Victoria Milko
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Singapore: A Model for Post-Brexit Britain?

Dr PJ Thum discusses Singapore's economic model, in particular the impact of state and foreign capital, and domestic political competition, on economic strategy. Through this, he explains political, social, and economic control in Singapore, unpacks common myths and misunderstandings surrounding the country, and offers lessons for a post-Brexit Britain.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Political Agenda — Youth (and) Activism

In Singapore, young people have stepped up to take action, whether it's pressuring their university to reform its sexual harassment policies, or take part in organising the country's first ever climate rally. What is the the role of youth activism in society? What is the state of student activism in Singapore?
  • Kirsten Han
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 19

Victoria Milko visits refugee camps on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border around the two-year anniversary of an exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar, Kelly Anissa speaks to Malaysian students protesting against their university's involvement in a problematic event, and Kirsten Han reflects on the state of dissent and activism in Singapore.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Victoria Milko
  • Kirsten Han
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 18

Laura McDowell and Teodosia Dos Reis join domestic workers in Timor Leste as they march for their rights, Adam Bemma talks to political groups in Thailand trying to decentralise politics from the capital of Bangkok, Quinn Libson interviews researchers highlighting Facebook’s struggles with the Khmer language, and James Rose reflects on the weaponisation of the word “Rohingya” in Myanmar.
  • New Naratif
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Road To Raqqa — Part Two

In 2016, 22-year-old Febri made a decision to move to Syria and live under Islamic State, better known as ISIS. In the final of a special two-part series for New Naratif, Deputy Editor Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Febri about reuniting with his family, the reality of life in Raqqa, and their journey home again.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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Road to Raqqa — Part One

In 2016, 22-year-old Febri made a decision to move to Syria and live under Islamic State, better known as ISIS. In the first of a special two-part series for New Naratif, Deputy Editor Aisyah Llewellyn reports on Febri's journey to Syria and the reasons why some Indonesian families made the decision to join the so-called Caliphate.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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The Spectre Haunting Singapore's People's Action Party

What is "Operation Coldstore"––the 1963 arrest and detention without trial of over 112 opposition politicians, trade unionists, and political activists on grounds of a communist conspiracy––for its role in Malayan history, how it has shaped Singapore's governance, and why it matters to the ruling party. The lecture then examines the current political economy of control in Singapore and what these controversies reveal about the nature of People's Action Party governance today.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 15

This week, Victoria Milko takes a look at how providers are bringing healthcare to the Naga Self-Administered Zone, Adam Bemma speaks to Hasan Al-Akraa, a refugee in Malaysia who uses social media to provide support to fellow asylum seekers, Mark Tilly talks to Hanna Guy of sustainable clothing label Dorsu Cambodia about conditions in the garment industry, and Kirsten Han argues that the lack of information about the death penalty in Singapore affects accountability and debate.
  • Victoria Milko
  • Adam Bemma
  • Mark Tilly
  • Kirsten Han
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 14

This week, Adam Bemma takes a look at the political parties running in Thailand’s general election, Laura McDowell profiles Timor-Leste’s first blind radio broadcaster, PJ Thum interviews Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch about Indonesia’s internet law, and Michael Tatarski reflects upon covering the Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi.
  • Adam Bemma
  • Laura McDowell
  • Thum Ping Tjin
  • Michael Tatarski
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In Conversation with James Minchin

Thum Ping Tjin sits down with James Minchin, author of "No Man Is An Island: A Portrait of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew", to talk about his life in Singapore, his experience writing the book, his ban from Singapore, and his reflections on Singapore’s politics today.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 13

This week, Kirsten Han invites us to lunch with Singapore's Old Left, Mike Tatarski looks at the effects of Vietnam's booming tourism industry, PJ Thum talks to Cambodian feminist Eng Chandy, and James Rose reflects upon efforts to clean up Thailand's fishing industry.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Michael Tatarski
  • Thum Ping Tjin
  • JJ Rose
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Debat Kedua Pilpres 2019

Joko Widodo dan Prabowo Subianto bertarung dalam debat capres kedua pada tanggal 17 Februari 2019. Wakil Editor Bahasa Indonesia di New Naratif, Aisyah Llewellyn membahas dengan Konsultan Editor untuk Kalimantan Nita Roshita, Konsultan Editor untuk Sulawesi Ian Morse, dan kontributor Max Regus tentang debat tersebut dan isu energi, pangan, infrastruktur, dan sumber daya alam di Indonesia.
  • New Naratif
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Political Agenda — Privacy Breaches in a "Smart Nation"

On 28 January 2019, Singapore’s Ministry of Health revealed that the personal data of 14,200 people living with HIV had been leaked. The news has drawn attention to both the stigma against HIV and concerns over data collection and protection in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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Southeast Asia Dispatches — The Indonesian Election

Indonesia is heading to the polls on 17 April. Incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is fighting for a second term with his new vice-presidential pick Ma’ruf Amin, an influential Muslim cleric. They're facing off against former army general Prabowo Subianto and former deputy governor of Jakarta Sandiaga Uno. New Naratif’s Indonesian team sit down to discuss the candidates, the hot-button issues, and their predictions.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
  • Ian Morse
  • Nita Roshita
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