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Yale Environment 360
The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas?

The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas?

From Thailand to Bali, a huge increase in tourists, many from China and other rapidly developing economies, is straining sensitive ecosystems to the breaking point. Some countries are trying to control the boom, with a few closing popular destinations to allow damaged areas to heal.

Margaret Scott's "Indonesia's New Islamist Politics" on Fareed Zakaria GPS

Fareed Zakaria GPS, the weekly international news program on CNN, featured a segment on Indonesia based on an article in The New York Review of Books by Margaret Scott, who is one of the founders of the New York Southeast Asia Network.

Scott's "Indonesia's New Islamist Politics" is available here.

OZY
How This Trans Politico Is Changing Indonesia From The Inside

How This Trans Politico Is Changing Indonesia From The Inside

Kety Haji Jalla serves her community as an educator, imparting life and job skills where a large portion of the economy is powered by low-paying agricultural work. A former politician from incumbent president Joko Widodo’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), she is supporting like-minded office seekers across eastern Indonesia as a respected matriarch. But since she is a transgender woman, Indonesia as a whole is debating her place in society as intolerant rhetoric and targeted violence is on the rise ahead of this week’s contentious elections.

Prachatai
รายงานสัมมนา Thailand Update 2019 ถกผลเลือกตั้งกับระเบียบทางการเมืองใหม่

Thailand Update Conference 2019 Featured on Prachatai Website

This report is in Thai. 

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

This talk explores the everyday digital labor of fake news production and the fact-check interventions that attempt to combat the disinformation crisis particularly in Southeast Asia.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Q&A

Experts from Human Rights Watch and the Yale Law School answers questions from the audience as they give their assessments of the current state of human rights in the region.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Regional Trends

Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, gives a regional overview of the human rights situation in Southeast Asia.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Indonesia

Andreas Harsono, Indonesia Researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current human rights situation in Indonesia.

 

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Myanmar

Katherine Munyan, researcher at the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale University, discusses the current human rights situation in Myanmar.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: The Philippines

Carlos Conde, the Philippines researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current human rights situation in the Philippines.

Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia

Andreas Harsono, Researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the role of Islam, identity, and populism in the 2019 presidential campaign season in Indonesia. This discussion will also preview his upcoming book, “Race, Islam, and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia.”

Fortify Rights
"Sold like fish": Crimes against humanity, mass graves, and human trafficking from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia from 2012 to 2015

“Sold Like Fish”: Crimes Against Humanity, Mass Graves, and Human Trafficking from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and Fortify Rights find reasonable grounds to believe that a human-trafficking syndicate committed crimes against humanity in Malaysia and Thailand against Rohingya men, women, and children from 2012 to 2015.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch
Blood and Power in the Philippines

Blood and Power in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte makes his own rules. His war on drugs has led to the deaths of thousands of alleged drug users and dealers. His violent rhetoric and rape jokes have shocked people around the world. Yet he’s hugely popular. Reporter Aurora Almendral delves into what made him the leader he is today. Her investigation starts in his hometown in the Philippines. The FRONTLINE Dispatch reports. 

Columbia Journalism Review
How one election meant sweeping press freedoms in Malaysia

How one election meant sweeping press freedoms in Malaysia

Before 2018, journalism in Malaysia was a risky profession. But last year an election abruptly shifted the atmosphere, and brought unexpected freedoms, especially for the media. Nithin Coca writes for Columbia Journalism Review.

Lost World

A young Cambodian islander, Phalla Vy, has dedicated herself to monitoring and speaking out against the sand dredging. Kalyanee Mam’s exquisite short documentary, Lost World, co-produced by Emergence Magazine and Go Project Films, evokes the pain of losing one’s land—and way of life—through Vy’s eyes.

Council on Foreign Relations
Thailand’s Election: What to Know

Thailand’s Election: What to Know

Thailand will go through the motions of free elections in March, but the likely result will be entrenched authoritarian rule and further instability. Joshua Kurlantzick writes for the Council on Foreign Relations.

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