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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?
Singaporean businesses in Myanmar are the target of boycott calls among Myanmar’s post-coup protest movement, as the city-state is the largest foreign investor in the country.
As in many protests through history, songs have been a big part of the anti-coup rallies in Myanmar. Check out our links to the protest songs too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A year after #COVID19 came to Southeast Asia, the infodemic around it is going strong in Myanmar – and adapting to new issues such as vaccines. Also in Burmese and Vietnamese.
Misinformation and disinformation around COVID-19 continue to thrive, but Malaysians also have more trust in traditional media compared in recent years.
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.
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.)
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.)
Aim high – to get better internet, that is. Some Malaysian students are having to head up to hilly areas or climb trees to ‘catch’ better internet in these pandemic times.
Amid the shared crises of COVID-19, the climate emergency and the plastics habit, Southeast Asians connect their personal choices to the planet’s well-being.
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.
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.
BANGKOK, 21 Aug (Reporting ASEAN) – Green recovery. Social protection. Smart containment. Decarbonization. Putting progress in climate action at par with measuring GDP. Creative capacity.
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.