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Mong Palatino · March, 2014

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 March, 2014

Underpaid Indonesian Workers Producing Global Cosmetic Products

Michael Eko Hardianto writes about the poor conditions of Indonesian workers in factories that produce false eyelashes, hair extensions and other beauty products: …behind every eyelash flutter in the fashion...

Roots of Conflict in Southern Thailand

Patrick Jory traces the history of the conflict in southern Thailand and probes the causes and impact of naming it as an Islamic insurgency: The answer can be found in...

Why Filipinos Became Early Adopters of Western Music

Le Minh Khai refers to the book of D. R. M. Irving in explaining the long history of Filipino musicians playing Western music: …there was a rich experience of musical...

Laos Landmine Victims Appeal for Help

Landmines planted during the Vietnam War era continue to hurt and kill Lao residents today HI's Phongsavath Manithong is challenging the int'l community to support UXO/mine victims in #Laos #Commit2Complete...

Asylum Seekers Face Uncertainty in East Timor

Sharna Jade Bremner probes the situation of asylum seekers in East Timor: Asylum seekers have been arriving in Timor since the early 2000s, however the exact number that are still...

Heartbreaking News: Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Crashed into Indian Ocean

The Malaysian Prime Minister confirmed Monday evening that missing Malaysian airliner MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean. The plane with 239 passengers lost contact two weeks ago.

Malaysia's Water Shortage is a Natural and Man-Made Disaster

Water shortage has been reported in Selangor, Johor, Negri Sembilan, and Kedah in Malaysia. The Sin Chew Daily explains the cause of the problem: …the drought and water shortage in...

State of Literature in Post-Dictatorship Myanmar

Writing for The Dissident Blog, James Byrne reviews the status of Burmese literature in the post-dictatorship era in Myanmar: When I was in the country last year there were poems...

Cambodia Government Accused of Suppressing Public Protests

Human rights group Licadho reported that the Cambodian government organized several counter-protests to undermine peaceful protests last year: If 2012 was the most violent year ever documented in terms of...

Global Solidarity for Missing Malaysian Plane MH370

Netizens around the world are expressing support to relatives and friends of passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370 which lost contact last March 8

Riau Forest Fire Triggers Worst Indonesia Haze Pollution

Forest fires have intensified this month in western Indonesia which caused the worst haze pollution in the country. The haze also affected Singapore and Malaysia.

How Cafe Culture is Destroying Indonesia's Street Food Culture

An Ismanto from Yogyakarta in Indonesia observes how new western-style cafes are edging out ‘plastic tent-covered food carts’ known as ‘angkringan': …the angkringan is in decline. Students don’t frequent them...

Two Historic Saigon Buildings to be Demolished in Vietnam

Tim Doling, writing for the Saigoneer, gives a brief history of the Ho Chí Minh City People’s Committee building and an art deco office block which are both scheduled for...

PHOTOS: Birdwatching in Southern Philippines

Birdwatching is more fun than Tweeting. Check out some of the wild birds from the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Keep on birding!

Ultraman Comic Book Banned in Malaysia for Using the Word ‘Allah’

Ultraman may be a comic book hero but the translation of the word God into Allah is considered by Malaysia’s Home Affairs Ministry as a threat to public order.

“Come Home Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370”

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8 and authorities are still unable to locate the plane. Netizens are showing their support to relatives of missing passengers

Barbie Dolls in Thai Traditional Clothes

Barbie dolls dressed in traditional Thai clothes pic.twitter.com/8izclnezSS — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) March 8, 2014 Richard Barrow posted a Twitter photo of Barbie dolls dressed in Thailand's traditional clothes

Philippines’ Makati City is Selfie Capital of the World

Makati City, the financial district of the Philippines, was tagged by TIME Magazine as the ‘selfie capital’ of the world. Curiously, it was listed alongside Pasig, an eastern suburb of...

Drone Footage Shows Beautiful Cambodian Landscape

Filmmaker Roberto Serrini used a drone to capture the unique beauty of Cambodia's rural and urban landscapes

Keep Calm. Singapore is the Most Expensive City in the World…For Expats

Singapore is reported to be the most expensive city in the world. But some residents and government officials described the survey as inaccurate.

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