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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest.

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18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

3 November 2015

These Paintings Depict the Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle Against Exploitation in the Philippines

The Philippines has an estimated 14 million indigenous peoples. The majority are living in remote villages threatened by destructive mining, development aggression, and militarization.

29 October 2015

Women Survivors Speak Out About Indonesia’s 1965 Mass Killings

“I was told I was only being taken in for questioning. It turns out I would be held for 14 years. From 1965 until December 1979. We never got justice."

27 October 2015

Jailed for Anti-Monarchy Graffiti, Thai Musician Gets Support on Social Media

Opas C, a 68-year-old Thai, is serving a three-year jail term for writing an anti-monarchy graffiti in a mall toilet.

20 October 2015

Typhoon Koppu Brings Floods and Agricultural Disaster to Philippines’ ‘Food Basket’

Koppu is the second strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year. Aside from causing floods and landslides, Koppu also destroyed agricultural crops in the country's "food basket."

19 October 2015

What Is #Aldub and Why Is It Trending on Twitter Every Day?

Filipinos all over the world have fallen in love with Aldub, a fictional TV couple who became a social media phenomenon.

10 October 2015

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

7 October 2015

Cambodian Monks Are Protesting Against Destruction of the Prey Lang Forest

"Monks cannot remain silent on the issue given the alarming rate of deforestation."

4 October 2015

#StopLumadKillings Campaign Demands Protection for Anti-Mining Tribes in Southern Philippines

"They are the bearers of our unique artistic traditions. Their murder is the murder of our peoples’ soul."

2 October 2015

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

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"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

27 September 2015

Consumers and Activists Take Action in Singapore to Stop Haze Pollution

"As consumers, we can contribute towards our collective fight against haze pollution by making informed and responsible purchases."

18 September 2015

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

15 September 2015

Veteran Thai Journalist Detained After ‘Attitude-Adjustment’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Freedom can't be maintained if we're not willing to defend it," Pravit tweeted on the day of his detention.

7 September 2015

Will Singapore Vote for Continuity or Change?

"We’re also seeing a significant slice of the younger generation who feel that change is necessary,"

1 September 2015

Meet the ‘Loa’ Podcast Network: What Vietnam's Mainstream Media Has Been Missing

"Loa seeks to explore the ideas and stories that shape Vietnam today. We amplify the voices you often don't hear and broadcast the perspectives you haven’t heard."

31 August 2015

Malaysia’s 34-Hour Bersih Rally Against Government Corruption Gathers 100,000 People

"To many, Bersih 4 is something that gave them the courage to dream. To know that a fair and just Malaysia can truly exist."

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

19 August 2015

After 2 Bombings in Bangkok, Thai Internet Users Join #StrongerTogether Movement

Two bomb blasts rocked central Bangkok in the past two days, killing 20 people and injuring hundreds. Now Thailand tries to move forward.

12 August 2015

Speaking Up for the Big Endangered Elephant in the Room

"So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis."

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

Global Voices Advocacy

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

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