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Mong Palatino · June, 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 June, 2014

Interview with Wife of Laos NGO Leader Sombath Somphone Who Went Missing in 2012

Writing for the Southeast Asia Globe, Kearrin Sims interviewed Shui Meng, wife of the disappeared Laotian development worker Sombath Somphone. Sombath, a prominent NGO leader in Laos, went missing in...

This Philippine Wedding Video of a Dying Cancer Patient Will Move You to Tears

The groom died 10 hours after marrying his girlfriend. Diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer last month, his dying wish was to marry the mother of his two-year old daughter....

Thai Coup Leads to Exodus of More Than 180,000 Cambodian Migrant Workers

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians are streaming over the border to escape a rumored crackdown on illegal migrants, only to be greeted by poor conditions and uncertainty.

Ending Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia

Daniel Besant of Southeast Asia Globe has interviewed photojournalist and activist Karl Ammann about the efforts to end the illegal wildlife trading in Southeast Asia: At the moment, I’m convinced...

‘People No Longer Trust the Government’ – This Open Letter Went Viral in Singapore

Singaporean novelist Catherine Lim wrote an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong bemoaning the decline of public trust in the government.

Laos Development NGOs Silent on Human Rights

Writing for The New Mandala, Randall Arnst bemoaned the silence of Laos devleopment NGOs over the disappearance of prominent NGO worker Sombath Somphone: …while UN rights bodies have repeatedly raised...

What the Thai Junta Should Learn from the Burmese Junta

Aung Zaw of The Irrawaddy compares and contrasts the Thai junta and the military-backed govenrment of Myanmar: The Thai army has carried out more than a dozen coups in past...

Thailand's Coup Regime Tries to Woo People With Free World Cup Telecasts and Massages

Free concerts, free food, free medical check-ups, free movies, free haircut, and now free telecast of all World Cup Games. Thailand's coup regime is serious in wooing public support.

Sharia Law and Free Speech in Brunei

The Sharia Law has created more difficulties in enhancing free speech and media freedom in Brunei. Dissenting voices were stifled after the Sultan threatened legal action against critics.

Human Rights Situation in Laos

The International Service for Human Rights has prepared a briefing paper on the human rights situation in Laos: Human rights defenders prefer to be known as ‘community workers’ and are...

Thailand's Coup Protesters Are Looking to The Hunger Games for Inspiration

Protest ban? No problem for anti-coup protesters in Thailand as they adopted the 'Hunger Games' salute while some conducted 'read-in' activities in public places.

Free Speech Remains Under Threat in Myanmar

Deji Olukotun observes how Myanmar's so-called transition to democracy has not yet made a lasting impact on the state of free expression in the country: …in many ways Myanmar’s relatively...

Campaigning for Safe Sidewalks in Jakarta

Olga Amato and Divya Pridhnani explain the goals of Safe Steps, a campaign for a ‘walkable Jakarta’ in Indonesia: One of the main goals of Safe Steps is to make...

Why Human Rights Advocates are Opposed to East Timor's Draft Media Law

Various human rights groups, journalists, and scholars have signed a letter opposing East Timor's proposed media law which was recently approved by the Parliament. One of the issues they cited...

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