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Mong Palatino

He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

 Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
April 27, 2016
Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte shares more in common with neighboring ASEAN leaders than he does with Trump.
Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
April 18, 2016
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
A new law fails to address old concerns.
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
April 06, 2016
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
The junta’s fear of threats to its rule -- and suppression of freedoms -- has reached a new high.
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
March 31, 2016
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
Joseph Goebbels makes a surprise appearance..
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
March 22, 2016
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
Myanmar isn’t the first case where a Southeast Asian country has recently been led by an alleged ‘proxy.’
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
March 17, 2016
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
A political controversy has erupted over Facebook popularity.
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
March 12, 2016
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
Democracy has died and been reborn several times in different countries in the region.
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
March 02, 2016
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
Internet freedom suffers as Najib's embattled government tries to fight off the deepening 1MDB scandal.
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
February 23, 2016
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
30 years after the fall of the Philippines' dictatorship, a look at the legacy of "People Power" in the region.
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
February 12, 2016
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
Premier hits out at critics who blame ASEAN's unprecedented failure to issue a joint communique in 2012 on Cambodia.
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
February 05, 2016
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
Congress fails to approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law, threatening to undermine a peace deal to end a decades-long insurgency.
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
January 29, 2016
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
The city-state premier has proposed key changes to the electoral system.
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
January 22, 2016
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
As the Southeast Asian state prepares to go to the polls later this year, here's a closer look at what's at stake.
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
January 12, 2016
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
The junta chief’s way of politics offers a cautionary tale for the region’s new leaders.
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
January 01, 2016
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
A look back at some of the top stories in the region.
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
December 16, 2015
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
Thailand is ending the year with a series of disappointments on rights.
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
December 11, 2015
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
A big year for regional integration has been marred by troubling national corruption scandals.
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
December 04, 2015
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
The approval of a new bill raises some serious questions.
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
December 01, 2015
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
1975 means more to the region than just the end of the Vietnam War.
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
November 19, 2015
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
An international people's tribunal at the Hague looks into one of the country's most troubling periods.
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
November 11, 2015
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
Manila is still dealing with the effects of the super typhoon's devastation.
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
November 10, 2015
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
A look at how the term resonates in countries across the region.
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
October 30, 2015
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
The year 1965 is politically significant in several Southeast Asian states.
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
October 23, 2015
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
The haze and the El Niño phenomenon deserve greater attention.
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
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