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Mong Palatino
Mong Palatino

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

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?
Malaysia’s Kangkung Meme
January 22, 2014
Malaysia’s Kangkung Meme
Najib Razak’s gaffe involving the humble green veggie has become a rallying cry for the opposition.
Malaysia’s Kangkung Meme
Why the Media are Angry in Malaysia
January 17, 2014
Why the Media are Angry in Malaysia
Suspension of weekly news magazine blamed on critical story about prime minister’s spending.
Why the Media are Angry in Malaysia
Protests Greet New Year in Southeast Asia
January 06, 2014
Protests Greet New Year in Southeast Asia
Price hikes, minimum wage disputes and political corruption spark discontent.
Protests Greet New Year in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia in 2013: Disasters and Election Protests
December 31, 2013
Southeast Asia in 2013: Disasters and Election Protests
The year 2013 will be remembered in Southeast Asia as one of deadly disasters and massive post-election protests.
Southeast Asia in 2013: Disasters and Election Protests
Singapore Website Goes Offline Due to Licensing Woes
December 23, 2013
Singapore Website Goes Offline Due to Licensing Woes
Singapore’s “light touch” to regulating online content proves too onerous for one site.
Singapore Website Goes Offline Due to Licensing Woes
East Timor-Australia Spying Scandal
December 16, 2013
East Timor-Australia Spying Scandal
Australian spying row spreads as Timorese leaders file a petition at The Hague.
East Timor-Australia Spying Scandal
Mandela Remembered in Southeast Asia
December 09, 2013
Mandela Remembered in Southeast Asia
Leaders across the region weigh in on Mandela’s legacy.
Mandela Remembered in Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Provocative Protesters
December 02, 2013
Thailand’s Provocative Protesters
Past demonstrations may give insight into the current Yellow Shirt/Red Shirt clashes.
Thailand’s Provocative Protesters
Manny Pacquiao: Legislator
November 26, 2013
Manny Pacquiao: Legislator
He may be a legend in the boxing ring, but how does Pacquiao shape up as a civil servant?
Manny Pacquiao: Legislator
Samar and Leyte in US Military History
November 21, 2013
Samar and Leyte in US Military History
The U.S. military leads the foreign aid effort in Samar and Leyte, not without some historical echoes.
Samar and Leyte in US Military History
Lessons from the Haiyan Typhoon Tragedy
November 13, 2013
Lessons from the Haiyan Typhoon Tragedy
Geography, broken communication, and environmental deterioration aided the disaster.
Lessons from the Haiyan Typhoon Tragedy
Indonesia Strike for Pay Hike; Thai Protest vs. Amnesty Bill
November 05, 2013
Indonesia Strike for Pay Hike; Thai Protest vs. Amnesty Bill
Indonesians push for an increased minimum wage as Thais rally against corruption.
Indonesia Strike for Pay Hike; Thai Protest vs. Amnesty Bill
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