The Lumad community in the Philippines is speaking out against ‘Cha-Cha’—Duterte’s proposed constitutional changes that would transfer power to the local level and lift restrictions on foreign investment. Mindanao’s indigenous community says this will leave them vulnerable to the increasing presence of extractive industry.
Tag: Territorial Dispute
Between the Grassroots and the Bank
The World Bank positions itself as a source of support for local communities across Southeast Asia through its funded projects. But there are those who feel that it has failed in its mission to address grassroots voices.
Political Agenda — Leadership Transitions, Maritime Disputes and Why We Care
New Naratif’s Managing Director PJ Thum and Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Han sit down to talk about recent developments in Singapore, from the 4G leadership, to the Singapore-Malaysia maritime dispute, and the upcoming bicentennial of Raffles’ landing on the island.
The Steep Path: West Papua’s Political Prisoners
For Papuan political prisoners, being locked up is not the end. Committed as they are to the struggle for independence, many prisoners continue to fight for their cause upon release, even as they struggle to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives.
Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 9
This week, Teodosia Dos Reis and Laura McDowell attend the anniversary of Timor-Leste’s Santa Cruz Massacre, Teguh Harahap looks at the future of Kuda Lumping dance seances in Indonesia, Tehmina Kaoosji talks to MP for Batu Kawan Kasthuri Patto about ICERD and Malaysia, and Victoria Milko reflects on the lack of protection for women against violence in Myanmar.
Akan Datang: Singapore and Malaysia are having a spat (again)
The stories to watch in Southeast Asia this week: the Singapore-Malaysia frenemies get testy with each other, Tanjung Balai is reported to be the least tolerant in Indonesia, and the Vietnamese are still obsessing over football.
Explainer: What’s Going On in West Papua?
Little is known about West Papua, a region usually closed off to human rights groups and foreign journalists. Yet the human rights situation in the region is dire, and deserving of more international attention.
A Way of Life, Washed Away
Ethnic Vietnamese, who have long faced discrimination in Cambodia, are being evicted from their floating villages, destroying a way of life that has been maintained for generations.
Akan Datang: Our thoughts are with everyone in Lombok
The stories to watch this week in Southeast Asia: another US citizen appears to have been detained in Vietnam, another massive earthquake strikes in Lombok, and read our LGBTQ stories instead of listening to Lawrence Khong!
Akan Datang: No prizes for guessing who won Cambodia’s election
Looking ahead at stories to watch: a tragedy in Laos, floods in Myanmar, and rain, rain, rain in Indonesia. Stay safe, everyone!