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The Illusion of Urbanisation

The Illusion of Urbanisation

A rapid but sad transformation of human social roots. Rural communities are attracted by the endless possibilities of a mighty city, however many find themselves in uncaring slums and neighbourhoods devoid of any eq ...

The Land of Seas of Mountains – Part 1

From Bangkok to Loei. Thailand’s capital city is a mess. The stifling political heat within the city, and accompanying it was the sense of middle class apathy, has drained me. Then the opportunity presents its ...

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Source: abc NEWS Indonesian police detained several hundred people Monday at protests around the country demanding independence for remote West Papua. Arrests were made in cities in Sulawesi, Java and Papua but demon ...

Big Brother is Watching You

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists “Thailand’s cybercrime law was already a grave threat to journalists who work online. These vague and overbroad amendments will only accentuate the danger,” ...

The Right to Participate

The Right to Participate

Source: Khaosod English One hundred and nine groups consisting of NGOs, civic groups, grassroots organizations, labor groups, students and anti-junta organizations met for two days over the weekend and came out with ...

Don't Greet the Sun

Don’t Greet the Sun

Unmoved. Indifference continues with its wretched touch of despair. Hopelessness. Homelessness. Thailand. Poverty.   ...

Hidden Faces of Homelessness in Tokyo

Hidden Faces of Homelessness in Tokyo

Urban poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental health issues and other concerns in a modern, developed Japan. I fear the issue of homelessness go increasingly unnoticed by the authority and society. Down-and-out ...

He Slumbered in a Nightmare

He Slumbered in a Nightmare

Wrecked by poverty and societal apathy, the homeless community finds no peace. The Dream Within A Nightmare Society appears to relish in delusions, where as long as they mind their own business, they can afford to re ...

The Complexities of Thai Education System in Patani

Ibrahim Keela, a 25-year-old youth activist and student, shares his thoughts with AK Rockefeller about the institutional challenges on education and livelihood. He hails from Yala, a province in south Thailand. Thai ...

I Wish I Were You

I Wish I Were You

A girl begs. Perhaps at that moment she wanted to be someone else, in another place, and in another time. Location: Silom, Bangkok. See: The poor are ignored in the realm of loss   ...

Innocence Lost on the Streets of Sandakan

Innocence Lost on the Streets of Sandakan

Hundreds of marginalized children are still wandering in the cities and towns of Sabah. Malaysians, foreigners and stateless, many struggle through life without basic rights. Photo by Dzul Zainal (August 2016) / Loca ...

No One Cares In This Nightmare

No One Cares In This Nightmare

People believe that hardship is part of living the dream, especially when you’re the unfortunate soul who’s living at the bottom of the social pyramid, and as long as it doesn’t affect those living ...

No Peace Without Freedom

No Peace Without Freedom

You can’t have peace without freedom, and you can’t have freedom without peace. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia’s First Prime Minister)   ...

Humans of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, a regional mark of development and the epitome of a grueling rat race.  Many urban Malaysians and migrants live and work in the city. I feel the realm under my feet, this pulsing metropolis. The dark s ...

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Anti-junta protesters march against military rule on the second anniversary of Thailand’s military coup.   ...

Give Rise to Consciousness

Give Rise to Consciousness

Often the marginalised live in misery courtesy of the policies set by the institution. Inequality is served to the poor, with a smile.   ...

Divine Justice

Divine Justice

The art humanizes an aspect that humanity looks up to; justice. The 6-arm humanoid is a personification of this divine aspect with each hands representing something about justice, love, humanity. The man, is he the v ...

Launching Democracy to Oblivion

Launching Democracy to Oblivion

The future of democracy in Thailand. Image courtesy: @chayika   ...

#BebasMedia - Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

#BebasMedia – Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

Grafik Rebel Untuk Protes & Aktivisme (Grupa) views the recent decision by the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission to block news portal The Malaysian Insider as another blatant attempt by the despe ...

Oblivious. In Denial

Oblivious. In Denial

We are unable to subdue that wickedly delightful thought of taking a step back away from light, into the comforts of dark and shadows. The State of Affairs: Obvious, Oblivious   ...

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