The conflict in West Papua doesn’t get much airtime in the international press. But for members of the Melanesian peoples indigenous to this contested region in the far west of the island of New Guinea, the struggle for sovereignty with ruling Indonesia is both deadly and inescapable. Investigative reporter Klas Lundström brought us this deeply reported, finely detailed piece that gets right to the heart of the modern crisis. It’s a must-read, so be sure not to miss it.
The exploitation of Southeast Asian fishermen is a brutal pillar of the globalised seafood industry. In May of this year, haunting footage from this closed-off world swept the Internet, showing viewers the corpses of Indonesian workers who, in life, had worked in allegedly slave-like conditions before their untimely deaths and crude burial at sea from Chinese fishing vessels plying Indo-Pacific waters. Rebekah Baynard-Smith, a fellow with the Young Australians in International Affairs, comes in with this sharp analysis of the industry and its failures to protect workers.
This one is a great profile that examines one of Singapore’s most dearly held values: Its commitment to diversity. Melanie Kasise, a 17-year-old singer, model known to her fans as Keyana, has long been witness to that commitment and its failures. Kasise is Black, half-Chinese, half-Ghanaian and all Singaporean. She spoke with Globe contributor Ashley Tan about how this blended background challenges widely held notions of belonging in the city-state.
While some commentators assess that US-Thai relations have improved under outgoing president Donald Trump, Professor Mark S. Cogan argues that his legacy with the kingdom is in fact one defined by four years of missed opportunities and political missteps
With the Covid-19 vaccine on the brink of being rolled out across the globe, in Southeast Asia, there are several things needed to expedite immunisations and quickly curb the pandemic, as well as reduce the risk of illegal and counterfeit supplies emerging
While many still invoke romanticised notions of the human-elephant relationship throughout the centuries, today interactions are defined by captive elephant tourism. Sonakshi Srivastava asks, is it still appropriate to use history to justify this industry today?