Myanmar and the occupied Palestinian territory, which Gaza is part of, stand close to each other at the top of the lists of crises in 2024. Read more in our February newsletter on Substack.
5 FEBRUARY 2024 | REPORTING ASEAN ICJ provisional measures for Myanmar and Israel
Gaza’s tragedy is far from just distant news. It is also an invitation for this half-Palestinian professional, living in Southeast Asia, to get to know the Palestinian side of her identity.
Yet another anniversary of 2021 coup provides the setting for this conversation about Myanmar’s crises, changes in the global context – and areas of hope.
Small fisherfolk fear that they are losing out in nickel mining boom, which Indonesia sees as key to being a lead player in the global energy transition.
The prescription for shifting health systems from treating non-communicable illnesses – the world’s top killer – to preventing them means changing the way the media report on these too.
A local school teaches children to rediscover their roots – such as native food, local knowledge and more sustainable ways of living – through theatre, field excursions and more.
Cambodia’s women farmers are adversely affected by climate change. But that also makes them the leaders in a project that aims to support their businesses, improve climate resilience and use solar power to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
CLIMATE CRISIS: ‘Is the role of media to make people more hopeless? We have to turn helplessness into solutions’
The media need to be useful in our search to fix a broken climate, says Kunda Dixit, author of ‘Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered’. Reporting Asean’s Johanna Son speaks to him soon after the release of the book’s third edition.
Peatlands are often discussed in the context of fires and the haze, but are also a meaningful part of the conversation about the climate crisis in an already too-hot planet.
Haze has been a chronic problem for Southeast Asia over nearly three decades. Reporting ASEAN talks to Dr Helena Varkkey about how the conversation around haze, and fires that cause them, is changing and the challenges to ASEAN’s management of a touchy issue.
At a time of rising living costs, these two farms’ ways of organic farming and producing food offer ideas around greater self-reliance and living with nature, instead of just taking from it.
Indonesia has big plans for cutting its reliance on coal. But these appear overambitious – and are quite distant for a local community that has been breathing air with coal dust for years.
In this podcast, two Filipino scientists say that more data are needed to make conclusions about changes in their number and frequency – but that more intense events are making up a bigger percentage of these typhoons.
The passing of Amando Doronila, one of the Philippines’ most respected journalists and former chief editor of the ‘Manila Chronicle’, brings back the journalistic lessons I learned from him. Among them – let your story speak for itself, and keep writing.
Complicated histories and relations among Myanmar’s diverse ethnic communities make the goal of a federal union a daunting one. But possibilities emerge from a new governance forum set up in line with this federal future in Sagaing, the heartland of resistance by the Bamar ethnic majority – and a region that used to be free of conflicts that ethnic regions have been living with.
The Mekong Dam Monitor provides documented data that describes how dam operations – China has the largest ones – are disrupting the healthy balance and unique character of the Mekong river system. Climate change introduces more uncertainty into the equation.
Going to school helps the growing numbers of Myanmar children in exile cope with life away from home, across the border in Thailand. Parents find relief from seeing their kids in more normal circumstances, amid the uncertain future they often face.
A journalism major shares how her and her colleagues’ internship allowed them to look beyond many of their worries about losing out on learning during COVID-19.