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Merge Into One: Photos from the Thai Floods of 2011

Merge Into One: Photos from the Thai Floods of 2011

In August 2011 the floods appeared aggressive, somewhat north of Thailand. Then it, like a raging beast, surge forth, southward – a destructive force of nature, that claimed land, farms, villages, towns and cit ...

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

In early August 2018, a plantation company destroyed a six-month-old blockade set up by an indigenous Orang Asli community in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. According to a news report, Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli ...

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

Marginalised communities struggle in Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia – a capital known as the garden city of lights. But the government and ruling political parties continue to compliment themselves for  ...

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Public agencies and government systems have grown increasingly rigid, often swollen with bureaucracy and stifling with corruption. The poor and marginalised communities continue to live in a pitiful existence – ...

The Curse of a Fine City

The Curse of a Fine City

I have returned to the bustling city, which was once my home. Despite my exhaustion, my eyes feast on the familiar sights of Kuala Lumpur, those lingering memories. Time has been merciless upon this city – a na ...

Housing Beyond Reach

Housing Beyond Reach

Economic prosperity is an oddity of some sort, an irony at best, especially for marginalised communities in Thailand and Malaysia. According to experts, the economy is expanding, but based on what I have observed dur ...

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Remembering a time when Thais demanded for the right to vote in a free election. What happened. On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environment. One ...

#KitaLawan – Young Malaysians Demand Social Justice and Change

#KitaLawan – Young Malaysians Demand Social Justice and Change

Original photos by: @Nany_JHaron Young people, the movers of change. On a blistering hot and humid day, they gathered in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Demonstrators unfurling black flags and banners to display their opp ...

Australia’s Piracy on the High Seas

Australia’s Piracy on the High Seas

The protracted debacle that has been this detention at sea has left the human rights reputation of Australia in a shaky state. The piracy and detention of people by Australian officials outside their own territory ra ...

Fear of “catastrophic violence” against Myanmar Muslims

Fear of “catastrophic violence” against Myanmar Muslims

The attitudes behind the deadly and systematic violence against Muslims in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar could, if left unchecked, lead to “mass atrocities,” Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said in a report r ...

Has Snowden Inadvertently Unmasked the World’s Real Rogue Power?

Has Snowden Inadvertently Unmasked the World’s Real Rogue Power?

His goal: to expose a vast surveillance structure built in the shadows in the post-9/11 years and significantly aimed at Americans. The result has been a global spectacle, as well as a worldwide debate about the spyi ...

Sneak Preview of Bill Still’s Jekyll Island
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Sneak Preview of Bill Still’s Jekyll Island

The debt money system is the primary cause of most of the world's economic problems today. In addition, it is a major cause of most of the world's hunger, poverty, misery and disease. The good news is it does not hav ...

Indonesian Gov’t Tells Freeport to Suspend Papua Mine Production

Indonesian Gov’t Tells Freeport to Suspend Papua Mine Production

Operations at a US-owned mine in Indonesia have been suspended after the government ordered a halt to production following a tunnel collapse which killed 28 workers. The All Indonesian Workers Union says workers will ...

How EU Leaders Sold Out Burma

How EU Leaders Sold Out Burma

When David Cameron backed the suspension of EU sanctions on Burma in April 2012, he emphasised in no uncertain terms that they would return if President Thein Sein’s administration reneged on democratic reforms. On ...

A Glimpse of the Persistent, Widespread Practice of Torture in West Papua

A Glimpse of the Persistent, Widespread Practice of Torture in West Papua

Put in a broader context of the politics of torture in Papua, the cases of Gobay and Klembiap are not uncommon or isolated. Rather, they reveal a glimpse of the ways the Indonesian state has governed Papua for the la ...

Another PNG Government Official Speaks Up About West Papua

Another PNG Government Official Speaks Up About West Papua

The Papua New Guinea Health minister Michael Malabag, speaking as a private citizen, has said it is time PNG made a bold stand for the independence struggle of the mostly Melanesian indigenous people of the Indonesia ...

Aung San Suu Kyi: From Icon to Political Player

Aung San Suu Kyi: From Icon to Political Player

The woman who was once the world's most famous political prisoner is now wearing the less glamorous mantle of a mere politician. In reality, the (in)famous Burmese politician does no justice for anyone. A slaughtered ...

Missing Lao Activist Sombath – More Questions than Answers

Missing Lao Activist Sombath – More Questions than Answers

On 15 December 2012, Sombath Somphone, a civil rights activist, disappeared in Vietiane, Lao. Sombath Somphone had a high profile at the Asian-Europe People’s Forum. His work, safeguarding the environment and ensur ...

#IdleNoMore – Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

#IdleNoMore – Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

#IdleNoMore is a growing movement of indigenous activism that started with Canada's First Nations taking a stand against a long history of systematic, institutionalized abuse by the Canadian authorities. ...

Ghost Tribe
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Ghost Tribe

At least half of California's estimated 150,000 Native Americans lack official recognition by the federal government. The Winnemem Wintu tribe of Shasta County struggles to continue practicing its traditions without ...