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This week, Singapore carried out its first execution of 2023. Despite concerns over the judicial process and alleged violation of international human rights, the state executed Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, on a conviction of participating in a scheme to traffic cannabis. The state had produced minimal evidence in the case against Suppiah, claiming that he’d been linked to the crime by a pair of phone numbers in the contact list of another man arrested as part of the same crime.
On Wednesday here in Cambodia, the Globe released the third episode of our Anakut podcast on China’s Belt & Road Initiative in the Kingdom. It’s the first episode of our new, narrative reported format, and we hope you like it.
In the meantime, Laos is finally clearing its air with rainfall after three months of hazardous air pollution, and the global primate industry is struggling to account for the global flow of Cambodian macaque monkeys — and their assorted body parts, resold as specimens — after breeders in the Kingdom were rocked by corruption allegations.
Finally, we checked in with Vietnam-based photographer Boris Zuliani to learn more about his quest to produce analogue images in a digitised world and his latest exhibition, WANTED.
That’s all for today, so enjoy this week’s features and have a wonderful weekend.
1 – Activists scrutinise Singapore’s rights record as first 2023 execution looms
Globe’s Amanda Oon,
Tangaraju Suppiah was executed on 26 April in the first execution of the year by the Singaporean government despite the public outcry over the unfair trial and violation of international human rights.
2 – Extreme levels of burning haze in Laos threaten public health, tourism
Globe’s Anton L. Delgado & Beatrice Siviero
This year, Laos has suffered from exceptionally high levels of air pollution that threatened public health, local businesses, and tourism.
3 [EN] [KH]– How the race for a Covid vaccine enriched monkey poachers and endangered macaques
Globe’s Anton L. Delgado, with Rich Schapiro, Anna Schecter, Andrew W. Lehren
As the U.S. demand for macaques for pharmaceutical research increased during the Covid pandemic, illegal wildlife trafficking in Cambodia quickly accelerated.
4 – The Anakut podcast: China’s Belt & Road Initiative in Cambodia
Globe’s Amanda Oon & Andrew Haffner
Our third podcast episode explored the China Belt & Road Initiative in Cambodia through discussions on the Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville expressway.
5 – Black Hands and ‘immortal impressions’
WANTED is the latest exhibition by Hoi An-based photographer Boris Zuliani whose entire studio is a functioning camera shooting photographic images directly onto glass panes.