Globe reporters Alexi Demetriadi and Andrew Haffner recently made the trip back to Cambodia from Australia and the U.S. Their experiences — including Alexi’s ongoing, state-mandated quarantine in a Phnom Penh hotel — show us that travel today, while possible, is far from easy.
Alexi’s first weeks in Phnom Penh aren’t exactly going to plan. A fellow traveler on his incoming flight tested positive for Covid-19, leaving the whole flight subject to quarantine. Follow the light-hearted diaries of our intrepid reporter as he navigates life under lockdown, one day at a time.
Struggles for freedom and equality don’t stop at international borders, writes op-ed contributor Macy Châu Diễm Trần. A Vietnamese-American writer now living in Thailand and working with rights groups across the Mekong region, Macy Châu highlights here some of the many parallels between the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and the local experiences of marginalised peoples.
This week saw the one-year anniversary of the tragic building collapse in Sihanoukville, a construction disaster that claimed the lives of 28 people, workers and their family members, taking shelter inside the unfinished structure. The collapse and its ensuing publicity seized public attention and spurred industry reforms — but after another deadly collapse this January in Kep, labour rights group CENTRAL says little has changed.
The expanding threat of cyber attacks leaves vital infrastructure open to digital intruders. As part of our ongoing partnership with Pacific Forum, analyst John Lim writes on the need for more robust security in nuclear energy, a high-stakes field for Southeast Asia. John is Young Leader Fellow with Pacific Forum and a solicitor at WiseLaw.
Often, the people most dependent on our natural resources are left entirely out of its management. On World Rainforest Day, Mohammad Zainuri Hasyim of the Rainforest Alliance in Indonesia made the case for a more inclusive form of social forestry that takes into account the needs and strategies of indigenous peoples.
While China is often criticised for the negative influence it wields over Southeast Asian affairs, Japan’s role in backing authoritarian regimes and promoting rights abuses in the region remains far less publicised, but arguably no less pernicious.
The ongoing pandemic has taken an unexpected toll on our natural environments. Writer Amanda Oon spoke with earth-savvy Singaporeans to learn more about the current state of the city-state’s green movement.
Indonesia’s palm oil producers are an economic — and political — force to be reckoned with on the islands. On Sumatra, local communities are pushing back and fighting for their land rights against encroaching plantations.