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Mong Palatino

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

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
Thailand Scores Low on Political Rights
February 08, 2015
Thailand Scores Low on Political Rights
A new report underscores the worsening political situation in Thailand.
Thailand Scores Low on Political Rights
Myanmar’s ‘Mad Monk’ Strikes Again
January 28, 2015
Myanmar’s ‘Mad Monk’ Strikes Again
Radical monk draws ire at home and abroad for insulting a U.N. envoy.
Myanmar’s ‘Mad Monk’ Strikes Again
Indonesia: Police Chief Scandal Jokowi’s First Real Test
January 21, 2015
Indonesia: Police Chief Scandal Jokowi’s First Real Test
The president’s reformist credentials are questions when his choice for police chief is named in a corruption scandal.
Indonesia: Police Chief Scandal Jokowi’s First Real Test
A Disastrous New Year in Southeast Asia
January 10, 2015
A Disastrous New Year in Southeast Asia
Governments in the region are struggling to cope with a series of tragedies.
A Disastrous New Year in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Top Stories in 2014
December 31, 2014
Southeast Asia’s Top Stories in 2014
A look back at the region’s biggest stories over the past 12 months.
Southeast Asia’s Top Stories in 2014
Malaysia’s Moderate Voices Urge Islamic Law Reform
December 25, 2014
Malaysia’s Moderate Voices Urge Islamic Law Reform
An open letter urging discussion has attracted widespread support among Malaysian moderates.
Malaysia’s Moderate Voices Urge Islamic Law Reform
Thailand’s Twelve Turbulent Months
December 21, 2014
Thailand’s Twelve Turbulent Months
Democracy in Thailand took about 12 steps backwards in 2014.
Thailand’s Twelve Turbulent Months
Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015
December 16, 2014
Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015
The region is not short on laws that impinge on human rights. Here are some that need urgent attention.
Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015
Malaysia Accused of Mistreating Refugees
December 03, 2014
Malaysia Accused of Mistreating Refugees
A documentary produced by Al Jazeera makes some worrying claims.
Malaysia Accused of Mistreating Refugees
Uber Faces More Regulation in Southeast Asia
November 27, 2014
Uber Faces More Regulation in Southeast Asia
Regulators from the region are voicing concerns about the innovative transport business.
Uber Faces More Regulation in Southeast Asia
East Timor’s Oil Resource: Boon or Bane?
November 21, 2014
East Timor’s Oil Resource: Boon or Bane?
Some are concerned that the country is overly dependent on its oil and gas sector.
East Timor’s Oil Resource: Boon or Bane?
Philippines Struggles to Recover a Year After Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy
November 10, 2014
Philippines Struggles to Recover a Year After Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy
Despite government claims, progress on reconstruction has been decidedly mixed.
Philippines Struggles to Recover a Year After Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy
Laos’ Internet Law Undermines Free Speech
November 05, 2014
Laos’ Internet Law Undermines Free Speech
It appears the law gives the government broad scope to treat legitimate criticism as criminal.
Laos’ Internet Law Undermines Free Speech
Manny Pacquiao: Boxer, Legislator, Basketball Playing Coach
October 30, 2014
Manny Pacquiao: Boxer, Legislator, Basketball Playing Coach
Many argue that the basketball court was a step too far for the boxing legend.
Manny Pacquiao: Boxer, Legislator, Basketball Playing Coach
Grisly Murders Stoke Political Controversies in Thailand and Philippines
October 25, 2014
Grisly Murders Stoke Political Controversies in Thailand and Philippines
Two murder cases with international significance will prove a test for the governments of Thailand and the Philippines.
Grisly Murders Stoke Political Controversies in Thailand and Philippines
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’
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