It’s not unusual for there to be tensions and conflict within societies, given the variety of groups, interests, and concerns. Instead, the key is how we navigate these tensions, in ways that do not endanger or discriminate against others.
Majorities and minorities exist in every society. Why is it important to society to think about minority representation and rights?
How do some people get into positions where they have power over the rest of us? How does political power, authority, and force work together in society?
Many of us see politics as something that’s too boring, too complex, or even too dangerous to participate in. But what does “politics” actually mean?
Fake pharmaceuticals have plagued Southeast Asia for years, yet governments have been accused of underestimating the scale of the problem. A controversial new study suggests the illegal trade of fraudulent medicines is still thriving in the region.
Kia Nazary reflects on her responses to the 2019 Women’s March in Kuala Lumpur, and how important it is to remember to practise self-care.
This week, Adam Bemma speaks to LGBT rights activists working to establish an advocacy network in Laos, Victoria Milko visits a peace park set up by the Karen ethnic group in conflict-embroiled Myanmar, Aidila Razak speaks to a trans woman who left her home country of Malaysia to seek asylum in the UK, and Aisyah Llewellyn talks about her experience covering the December 2018 tsunami from Lampung in South Sumatra.
Among this week’s round-up of stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Pre-election posturing in Indonesia, power woes in Vietnam, and shock and horror over Singapore’s national costume for the Miss Universe pageant.
This week, Adam Bemma speaks to the wife of a community worker disappeared in Laos six years ago, Mark Tilly talks to architects about the development and urbanisation of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, Calum Stuart interviews Edmund Bon on the likelihood of Malaysia legalising medical marijuana and Aisyah Llewellyn looks at why it’s so difficult to sort out Indonesia’s violent football culture.
Looking ahead at stories to watch: a tragedy in Laos, floods in Myanmar, and rain, rain, rain in Indonesia. Stay safe, everyone!