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Mong Palatino · April, 2009

Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.

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Latest posts by Mong Palatino from April, 2009

Thailand: Southern militants launch attacks

Eleven attacks by separatists in southern Thailand were launched last Sunday. A blogger criticizes the lack of in-depth coverage by the local media

Indonesian minister thinks swine flu could be man-made

Indonesian Heath Minister Siti Fadilah Supari thinks it is possible that the swine flu could be man-made “to boost pharmaceutical companies’ profits.”

Cambodia: Road accidents

Road and traffic accidents have been increasing in Cambodia, especially in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

Diarrhea deaths in Myanmar

The Irrawaddy reports that there is a diarrhea outbreak in Rangoon City in Myanmar.

Brunei: Child-safety laws

Rogue Economist from Brunei notes that laws on child-seat and safety belts are not properly observed and implemented.

Brunei: Islamic Banking

Rogue Economist from Brunei sees no difference between Islamic Banks and conventional banks in terms of their operations.

Unemployment in Singapore

Tan Kin Lian believes unemployment rate in Singapore is “seriously under-reported.”

Reflections on Barcamp Kuala Lumpur 2009

Bernard Leong shares his reflections on the recent Barcamp Kuala Lumpur 2009. He writes: Other than technology, we have topics ranging from social & youth entrepreneurship, corporate brands with social...

Malaysia: Facebook now more popular than Friendster

Friendster is the top social networking site for many years already in Southeast Asia. But Facebook is now more popular than Friendster in Malaysia.

Cambodia: “Finest pepper in the world”

Kampot province in Cambodia is known for producing the “finest pepper in the world”

Global crisis affects Cambodian migrant workers

Due to the global economic crisis, South Korea has reduced the number of migrant workers it will accept this year. This is bad news for Cambodia's migrant workers. Many Cambodians...

Thailand: Red Shirt videos

Happi like a Hippo gives a list of protest videos uploaded by Thailand's Red Shirt protesters on YouTube.

Global Recession: The world is talking. Are we listening?

There is no lack of online articles about the various aspects of the global economic crisis. Many of them are written by economic experts and policymakers. What about the perspectives...

Global Recession: “Underdevelopment is a mixed blessing”

There are governments which insist that their countries are not affected by the global economic crisis. Most of the time they are not convincing; and their constituents do not believe...

Cyber-activism in Vietnam

The website Viet Tan features an article about cyber activism and online repression in Vietnam.

Thailand: Extended holiday

The government of Thailand extended the country’s traditional New Year holiday festivities for public safety in case the Red Shirt protesters organize a new round of protests.

Thailand: Red Shirts paid to protest?

The Red Shirts have ended their protests. The leaders have been arrested and an arrest warrant was issued against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. There is a popular video on...

Thailand: Fake Red Shirt application

Thai 101 translates a fake Red Shirt membership application which was probably made by critics of the red-shirted protesters. The Red Shirts are demanding the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister.

Thailand protests: Shopping stores were closed

Shopping stores and other local businesses were forced to close in Bangkok as violence erupted between government troops and opposition Red Shirts yesterday.

Bangkok protests: Black Songkran

Songkran, the Thai New Year celebrated from April 13 – 15, is supposed to be a joyous event in Thailand. But this year’s Songkran has been described as the “Black...

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