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Mong Palatino

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

Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
September 01, 2015
Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
Malaysia's protests have some colorful parallels in the region.
Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
August 22, 2015
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
Superficial rankings should not distract from the significant obstacles the country is yet to overcome.
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
August 14, 2015
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
The regional grouping is grappling with several other concerns as well that are worth noting.
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
August 06, 2015
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
A new report highlights the deplorable conditions IDPs face in the country.
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
July 29, 2015
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
The country suspends two newspapers.
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
Why are the Elderly Collecting Cardboard Boxes in Prosperous Singapore?
July 26, 2015
Why are the Elderly Collecting Cardboard Boxes in Prosperous Singapore?
A recent incident raises some troubling questions.
Why are the Elderly Collecting Cardboard Boxes in Prosperous Singapore?
Does Cambodia Really Need a New NGO Law?
July 17, 2015
Does Cambodia Really Need a New NGO Law?
Critics contend the new law is a repressive legal tool that violates basic rights.
Does Cambodia Really Need a New NGO Law?
Southeast Asia's Unlikely Young Dissidents
July 10, 2015
Southeast Asia's Unlikely Young Dissidents
A look at some of the faces in the region's new generation of change seekers.
Southeast Asia's Unlikely Young Dissidents
Prison Notes of a Singaporean Teenager
June 30, 2015
Prison Notes of a Singaporean Teenager
Facebook posts from Amos Yee underscore Singapore’s excessive response to an offensive video.
Prison Notes of a Singaporean Teenager
Thailand: Prayut’s TV Speeches Give Hints on Transition
June 24, 2015
Thailand: Prayut’s TV Speeches Give Hints on Transition
The coup leader regularly offers his thoughts to a television audience.
Thailand: Prayut’s TV Speeches Give Hints on Transition
Myanmar’s Refugee Problem Is Worse Than You Thought
June 17, 2015
Myanmar’s Refugee Problem Is Worse Than You Thought
The numbers tell a shocking tale.
Myanmar’s Refugee Problem Is Worse Than You Thought
ASEAN’s Response to Rohingya Crisis Falls Short
June 02, 2015
ASEAN’s Response to Rohingya Crisis Falls Short
Two recent meetings fail to address some crucial issues.
ASEAN’s Response to Rohingya Crisis Falls Short
Cambodia’s ‘Cyber War’ Legislation Targets Online Critics
May 27, 2015
Cambodia’s ‘Cyber War’ Legislation Targets Online Critics
As more Cambodians take to the Internet, the government looks to crack down on criticism.
Cambodia’s ‘Cyber War’ Legislation Targets Online Critics
Najib Blogs His Response to Mahathir and Critics
May 19, 2015
Najib Blogs His Response to Mahathir and Critics
The Malaysian prime minister returns fire.
Najib Blogs His Response to Mahathir and Critics
Laos’ Economic Agenda
May 12, 2015
Laos’ Economic Agenda
At a recent speech, the president reaffirms socialism with a “state-managed market-oriented economy.”
Laos’ Economic Agenda
Who Will Benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community?
May 05, 2015
Who Will Benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community?
Some civil society organizations are claiming that the community would excessively favor corporate interests.
Who Will Benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community?
Mahathir Versus Najib
April 20, 2015
Mahathir Versus Najib
Malaysia’s former prime minister is distinctly unhappy with the incumbent.
Mahathir Versus Najib
Malaysia Strengthens Sedition Act
April 13, 2015
Malaysia Strengthens Sedition Act
A repressive colonial-era law is given new scope.
Malaysia Strengthens Sedition Act
Thailand’s New Law Could Be Worse than Martial Law
April 05, 2015
Thailand’s New Law Could Be Worse than Martial Law
The new law appears to be even more draconian, according to critics of the regime.
Thailand’s New Law Could Be Worse than Martial Law
Cambodia Defends Its Human Rights Record
March 25, 2015
Cambodia Defends Its Human Rights Record
The country has presented a human rights report to the UN in Geneva.
Cambodia Defends Its Human Rights Record
Philippines: Questions Raised About US Anti-Terror Cooperation
March 19, 2015
Philippines: Questions Raised About US Anti-Terror Cooperation
A police report has confirmed a U.S. presence in the anti-terror operation in Mindanao.
Philippines: Questions Raised About US Anti-Terror Cooperation
Malaysian Opposition Rallies for Anwar
March 11, 2015
Malaysian Opposition Rallies for Anwar
Thousands march to press for the release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Malaysian Opposition Rallies for Anwar
Araújo’s Vision for East Timor
March 02, 2015
Araújo’s Vision for East Timor
The country’s new prime minister appeals for unity and unveils some of his plans.
Araújo’s Vision for East Timor
Refugee Crisis on Myanmar-China Border
February 23, 2015
Refugee Crisis on Myanmar-China Border
Clashes between the Kokang rebels and Burmese troops have forced civilians to flee.
Refugee Crisis on Myanmar-China Border
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