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Mong Palatino
Mong Palatino

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

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'
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
April 24, 2014
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
One of Myanmar’s most dominant democracy figures has died, at 85.
The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
April 17, 2014
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
Local media outlets protest the ongoing detention and harassment of journalists in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s ‘Black Page’ Media Protest
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
April 10, 2014
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
A leaked draft of a bill that would fight cybercrime has activists worried.
Cambodia’s Draft Cyber Law Threatens Free Speech
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
April 03, 2014
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
Nearly 50 people die each day in road accidents during Thailand’s two most popular festivals.
Thailand’s Deadly Highways
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
March 24, 2014
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
Concerns have been raised over how the law will be interpreted for journalists and those critical of the government.
Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
March 14, 2014
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
The Academy recognizes controversial films about Cambodian and Indonesian genocides.
Cambodia and Indonesia in the Oscars
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
March 06, 2014
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
The government claims that the new bill will protect journalists. Media professionals disagree.
East Timor Eyes Tighter Media Control
Myanmar’s Census Controversy
February 26, 2014
Myanmar’s Census Controversy
The inclusion of ethic and tribal identification questions could lead to discrimination and violence.
Myanmar’s Census Controversy
Protests, Strikes Continue in Cambodia
February 19, 2014
Protests, Strikes Continue in Cambodia
Though their occupations differ, Cambodian workers are united in their push for a living wage.
Protests, Strikes Continue in Cambodia
Why Rice Is Heating Up Politics in Thailand and the Philippines
February 12, 2014
Why Rice Is Heating Up Politics in Thailand and the Philippines
A failed farming subsidy and rice smuggling have led to political discontent in Southeast Asia.
Why Rice Is Heating Up Politics in Thailand and the Philippines
Thailand Election by the Numbers
February 04, 2014
Thailand Election by the Numbers
Despite strong overall voter turnout, some Thais were left unable to cast a ballot.
Thailand Election by the Numbers
Has Manila Forgotten Japan’s War Atrocities?
January 29, 2014
Has Manila Forgotten Japan’s War Atrocities?
The Philippine government should join others in condemning Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni visit.
Has Manila Forgotten Japan’s War Atrocities?
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