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Mong Palatino
Mong Palatino

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

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Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015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Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015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Southeast Asian Laws That Ought to Be Repealed in 2015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’
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?
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