By Andrew Haffner • Feb 13, 2021
Our eyes have remained mostly pinned on events unfolding in the streets of Myanmar’s cities, as youth-led activists protest the coup. On this topic we have not one, not two, but three in-depth features. First up is Wanpen Pajai in Bangkok, herself part of Thailand’s own pro-democracy movement, as she sees how Myanmar is slotting in to the Milk Tea Alliance. We also have features from Kiana Duncan and Allegra Mendelson, the former looking at how we can hit the pockets of Myanmar’s military without hurting citizens, while the latter looking at where the Rohingya stand in all this. Enjoy!
Southeast Asia, By the Week
By Andrew Haffner • Feb 06, 2021
This week normal service is interrupted as we scramble to cover events unfolding in Myanmar, with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrested in the early hours of February 1 by military officials. We’re aiming to provide up-to-date, on-the-ground coverage through our partner journalists in the country. Stay tuned!
By Andrew Haffner • Jan 30, 2021
This week we have three history-focused pieces, providing a peak into bygone eras and trends (some good, some not so good) from across the region. First, we take a birds-eye view of 1950s Indochina, as friend of the Globe Fabrice Moussus offers up photos taken from the plane of his father, a French airforce pilot. The Globe's Govi Snell also delves into the disappearing world of Vietnam's rich tradition of typography, while investigative reporter Klas Lundstrom looks at how decades of war and occupation in Timor-Leste can still be seen in the bodies and minds of the country's youth today
By Andrew Haffner • Jan 22, 2021
This week the Globe’s Wanpen Pajai covers an unusual clash between environmental conservation and indigenous rights in Thailand, as in the Kaeng Krachan National Park indigenous Karen are increasingly restricted within their ancestral home as authorities strive for UNESCO heritage status. Ashley Lampard in Hanoi also marks an important date, as he speaks with the folks at Agent Orange community programme Friendship Village on the anniversary of the chemical first being dropped in Vietnam
This week our eyes are bigger than our bellies over here at the Globe, as we’re got not one, not two, but three food-based stories. First, our reporter in Bangkok Wanpen Pajai dared to utter the unthinkable and extoll the virtues of the much-maligned food seasoning MSG. Next, our intern writer in Kuala Lumpur Huei Ting Cheong ran us through the unfolding blend of old and new one of the Malaysian capital’s culinary heritage areas, Chinatown. And finally, senior reporter Andrew Haffner delved into the growing world of bug-based products – asking, are they truly the future of food? Bon appetit!
By Andrew Haffner • Jan 16, 2021
The Globe’s Ashley Lampard hit the dirt trails of downtown Hanoi, venturing over to Banana Island – among the last green holdouts in the Vietnamese capital. While famous for its nudist colony and banana plantations, Ashley met with the community whose livelihoods are under threat from looming development. Lead editor Alastair McCready also marks an important date in Cambodian history, the Vietnamese invasion of Phnom Penh on January 7, 1979, toppling the Khmer Rouge. While enmity towards Vietnam has thrived since that day, observers believe feelings may be warming
By Andrew Haffner • Jan 09, 2021
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By Southeast Asia Globe • Jan 06, 2021
It’s here, that moment we’ve all been waiting for in this seemingly endless race to the bottom throughout this calendar year – the end of 2020! We at the Globe warmly welcome this development, and to mark this most auspicious of occasions we end the year with strong coverage from around the region. We kick things off with a new contributor, investigative reporter Klas Lundstrom, who provides us with the latest from Indonesia’s fast-escalating, yet under-reported, conflict in West Papua. We also have the latest from the Globe’s stringer in Singapore, Ashley Tan, who tackles a lesser-seen angle on race and ethnicity in a city-state constructed around it. See you next year!
By Andrew Haffner • Jan 02, 2021
As we enter the penultimate week of a pretty hellish year, over here at the Globe we’re taking some time to wind down and reflect on a not-too-unsuccessful year from a journalism and business perspective. But while things are inevitably a little slower this time of year, we’re still bringing you stories from across Southeast Asia, including a group trying to tackle ultra-clean Singapore’s surprising plastic problem, while Govi Snell in Ho Chi Minh city takes a look at Vietnam's motorcycle helmet issue. Enjoy!
By Andrew Haffner • Dec 26, 2020
A new week, and Professor Mark S. Cogan joins us again for his bi-monthly piece of analysis breaking down the ins and outs of Thai contemporary politics – this week it’s corruption in the kingdom. Globe reporter in Bangkok Wanpen Pajai also turns her hand to the country’s upcoming regional elections, the first chance for Thais to head to the polls since the pro-democracy movement exploded earlier this year. The results will offer a powerful gauge of the kingdom’s mood
By Andrew Haffner • Dec 19, 2020
The Globe takes a deep-dive into Cambodia’s murky, multi-million dollar sand mining industry
By Alastair McCready • Dec 05, 2020
Almost six months after Thai activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit disappeared off a Phnom Penh street in a seeming daylight abduction, his sister, Sitanun, is in Cambodia searching for the truth
By Andrew Haffner • Nov 28, 2020