Aie Balagtas See
• Jan 03, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his vitriolic attacks on women and the press, with prominent media outlet Rappler and its female-led editorial team a particular target of his ire. Southeast Asia Globe visited the Rappler office in Manila to hear first hand from three female team members what life is like working in Duterte's Philippines
Putting people at the heart of the story.
• Jan 02, 2020
Top Read: Back in 2007, pornography's presence in Cambodian society was far more overt and unrestricted than it is today. While in 2020 pornography is largely consigned to the privacy of homes, 13 years ago explicit material was sold on streets of Phnom Penh and public screenings in cafes were a relatively normal sight
Alastair McCready and Julija Veljkovic
• Dec 30, 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, we return to the most striking images and stories published this year from across the region by Southeast Asia Globe
• Dec 26, 2019
Fifteen years after the devastating tsunami of Boxing Day 2004, Southeast Asia Globe looks back at the tragedy, examining its lasting impact and how the region is addressing the issue of disaster preparedness today.
Southeast Asian hip-hop
From civil war and genocide, to US refugees and deportees, Cambodia’s emerging breakdancing and hip-hop scene has been more than four decades in the making, moulded by profound social forces
By Alastair McCready
North Korean refugees
Top read: As countries across Southeast Asia prepare to expel all North Korean migrant workers this weekend to comply with UN Resolution 2375, we return to a piece from 2011 looking at the then-growing trend of North Korean refugees fleeing oppression and abject poverty to seek refuge in Thailand
By Jared Ferrie
Last week, Southeast Asia Globe uncovered the presence of fentanyl in at least one batch of street drugs in Bangkok – potentially the first discovery of its kind in Thailand. With the potent opioid destroying communities across North America, advocates and people who use drugs worry of the potentially devastating effect of fentanyl infiltrating Southeast Asia
By Samantha McCabe
Cambodian civil society
This year will be the last in which Human Rights Day will be officially marked in Cambodia after the government's decision to remove it from its list of public holidays. Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, reflects on this symbolic gesture and what it means for rights in the Kingdom
By Chak Sopheap
Landmines in Myanmar
For the second year in a row, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines has found that Myanmar is the only country in the world where the government is still using landmines. As the devices wreak havoc on communities nationwide, why is international funding to de-mine the country dropping?
By Samantha McCabe
Top stories: Public floggings prescribed under strict sharia law were on the rise in Indonesia’s Aceh province in 2015, with a new bylaw set to usher in an era of even harsher corporal punishment.
By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand's first election since 2011 saw ex-military leader Prayut Chan-ocha elected prime minister in March. But in the face of the government's challenge to upstart opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of the Future Forward Party, as well as dissenters nationwide, Thai civil society activists have vowed to keep fighting.
By Andrew Haffner
Socially conscious art
Filipino 37-year-old documentary photographer Vicente Jaime R. Villafranca has covered his home country’s under-examined and misunderstood issues for years. He spoke to Southeast Asia Globe about gaining a gang’s trust and how the climate crisis is impacting low-income communities.
By Samantha McCabe