Centuries-old marriage traditions are now being reconsidered and reimagined for contemporary, capitalistic Timor-Leste.
NN Explains: Toleration, or Living with Disagreement & Difference
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.
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.
NN Explains: Why Is the Protection of Minorities Important?
Majorities and minorities exist in every society. Why is it important to society to think about minority representation and rights?
Children of Independence
In its early days of independence, Timor-Leste had one of the world’s highest birth rates. 20 years on from the nation’s vote for freedom, those babies are on the brink of adulthood, having grown up in a sovereign country still bearing the bruises of a vicious fight for freedom.
NN Explains: Political Power, Authority, and Force
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?
NN Explains: What Is Politics?
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?
Gently, You March On
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.
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.
Timor-Leste has one of the world’s highest natural birth rates and a robust, rights-based family planning policy to match. But as the country has learnt, what’s on paper is only half of the story.