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Mong Palatino
Mong Palatino

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

Malaysian Lawyers March Against ‘Sedition Blitz’
October 17, 2014
Malaysian Lawyers March Against ‘Sedition Blitz’
Growing domestic and international attention is stepping up pressure on the Malaysian government.
Malaysian Lawyers March Against ‘Sedition Blitz’
Why Malaysia Reduced Its Fuel Subsidy
October 09, 2014
Why Malaysia Reduced Its Fuel Subsidy
Budgetary concerns could exacerbate wealth gap issues.
Why Malaysia Reduced Its Fuel Subsidy
Myanmar Insists Reforms Are Working
October 03, 2014
Myanmar Insists Reforms Are Working
Myanmar is changing, argues the foreign minister. Not fast enough, respond the critics.
Myanmar Insists Reforms Are Working
Why Cambodian Garment Workers Are on Strike Again
September 25, 2014
Why Cambodian Garment Workers Are on Strike Again
Workers revive their campaign, trying to learn the lessons of the violent strike earlier in the year.
Why Cambodian Garment Workers Are on Strike Again
Singapore Bans Documentary on Political Exiles
September 17, 2014
Singapore Bans Documentary on Political Exiles
Singapore’s ruling PAP demonstrates an intolerance for all but the official narrative of the country’s history.
Singapore Bans Documentary on Political Exiles
Southeast Asia’s Railway Woes
September 12, 2014
Southeast Asia’s Railway Woes
Rail is crucial to the region’s progress, but management is often haphazard.
Southeast Asia’s Railway Woes
Koreans Alarmed by Rising Crime in the Philippines
September 03, 2014
Koreans Alarmed by Rising Crime in the Philippines
Recent attacks are already having a noticeable effect on Korean investment.
Koreans Alarmed by Rising Crime in the Philippines
Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
August 29, 2014
Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
The country comes in for international criticism after cracking down on activists and their supporters.
Vietnamese Activists Get Three Years in Prison for ‘Obstructing Traffic’
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
August 20, 2014
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
Constitutional changes reflect democracy’s transitive nature in Southeast Asia.
Charter Reforms in Southeast Asia: The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Serious
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
August 14, 2014
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
Malaysia’s internet freedom has been threatened from several corners, as the PM assures free speech.
Malaysia Threatens to Block Facebook
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
August 08, 2014
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
The MILF claims the government has reneged on a significant portion of their agreement.
Philippine Bangsamoro Peace Deal in Danger of Collapse
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
July 25, 2014
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
Najib’s negotiations have resulted in widespread support for Malaysia’s position and its victims.
Malaysian Leaders Unite for Justice in MH17 Downing
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
July 18, 2014
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
Powerful conservative forces remain opposed to the mainstreaming of the LGBT community.
Singapore Library Bans Books That Feature LGBT Families
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
July 12, 2014
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
The riot reveals interfaith tensions that threaten the country’s nascent democracy.
The Meaning of the Mandalay Riots in Myanmar
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
July 06, 2014
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
The Philippine president has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Not everybody is happy about it.
Aquino: The First Filipino Nobel Laureate?
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
June 25, 2014
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
Organizers withdraw a documentary about a friendship between a Buddhist and a Muslim following threats.
Religious Extremists Target Myanmar Film Festival
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
June 16, 2014
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
The generals have taken over the country, and they want the people to be happy about it.
Thailand’s ‘Happy’ Coup
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
June 12, 2014
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
In a move that does much to undermine free speech in Malaysia, Najib takes aim at reader comments.
A First for Malaysia: Prime Minister Sues Website for Libel
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
June 05, 2014
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
Mainstream and social media are increasingly the target of state censorship in the region.
Free Speech Under Attack in Southeast Asia
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
May 27, 2014
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
Thailand’s coup prone government could inspire its citizens to seek a more inclusive democracy.
Coup Revives Thailand’s Democracy Movement
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
May 23, 2014
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
This week’s coup demonstrates once again the limitations of Thailand’s democracy.
Thailand’s Coup Will Worsen Political Crisis
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
May 16, 2014
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
Joko Widodo’s potential presidential victory could well inspire other citizen movements in Southeast Asia.
The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
May 08, 2014
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
Singaporeans are up in arms over plans by Filipino residents to hold an Independence Day celebration.
Xenophobia and Public Discontent in Singapore
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
April 29, 2014
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
Washington signs a new defense accord with Manila. But will it do what its Philippine supporters hope?
Obama in Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'
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