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To Mediate In Myanmar, ASEAN Needs A New Template

Asean has been pooh-poohed by many, but it is still the most pragmatic bet for talking  to Myanmar’s military. But can it convene a coordinated international response, with the west as bad cop and it as the negotiator, under heightened expectations about its doing ‘the right thing’ in our digitally connected world?

Plant-based Food Finds Its Way Into Post-pandemic Menu

Southeast Asians are finding more – and more flavourful – plant-based food in their midst, amid anxiety about human and planetary health, COVID-19 and pandemics.

Keep Quiet or Speak Up When Someone Sends Unverified Content? Tough.

The results of a Reporting ASEAN survey give interesting views into how Southeast Asians interact with news and misinformation, including amid COVID-19. Plus – a total of 99% said they had ‘average’ to ‘excellent’ skills  in judging the reliability of content.

Fact-checking, Vietnamese Style

Meet the Vietnam Anti-Fake News Center, the newest kid on the fact-checking block in Southeast Asia. It doesn’t work like fact-checkers work elsewhere, but the COVID-19 infodemic has created new spaces for such initiatives within the limits of the media scene.

After Coup, Myanmar’s Journalists Watch and Wait, Warily

Myanmar’s journalists are no strangers to working in hostile settings. But the February military coup throws up questions about what may be left of the profession of journalism, which has been around for just a decade in the Southeast Asian country.

Southeast Asia: Contact Tracing A COVID-19 Hoax

Remember the hoax claiming that alkaline foods can protect you from COVID-19? The ‘contact tracing’ of its viral trail, in this story, shows that as challenging as fact checking is, the work must continue.

Thailand In A Pressure Cooker

Thailand’s management of COVID-19 has earned praises. But as the pandemic persists, the country’s pre-existing challenges in development are starting to show – and cause worries.

When Science Meets Real-life Food Habits

Life doesn’t unfold in a petri dish, so our food habits need to be part of campaigns to take out harmful trans fats. Check out our data on cardiovascular health in Southeast Asia. (First of a two-part story set.)

Prescription: A Dose of Nutrition Literacy

Industrial trans fats are still allowed in majority of Southeast Asian countries, and the harm they cause are not quite common knowledge in the region. (Last part of a two-part story set.)

Could COVID-19 Give New Wind to Renewable Energy?

The idea of dropping fossil-fuel investments was unimaginable not too long ago, but there are signs this has become an obvious – and hard-nosed – business choice at the time of COVID-19.

Southeast Asia: Six Tips for Unpacking COVID-19 Numbers

Tired of pandemic stats? COVID-19 is not leaving anytime soon, so here are six tips to help you find your way through the swirl of pandemic figures – and make more informed decisions in these uncertain times.

Q&A: Seafarers Cross Off Days Till They Go Home

Working at sea is challenging enough. But the pandemic has been a particularly lonely test of mental and emotional resilience for seafarers, due to the nature of their jobs, Helen Sampson, director of Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre, tells Reporting ASEAN.

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