In Laos, the push for hydropower near the ancient capital of Luang Prabang shows that plans to dam the Mekong River basin are already going awry. But rather than learning from its missteps, the government—with the help of Thai and Vietnamese developers—is going ahead with a dam that could endanger a UNESCO World Heritage city.
A normally taboo subject may be gaining acceptance among activists.
While COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges facing indigenous communities across Southeast Asia, many groups now point to how the pandemic is illustrating the need for self-reliance and self-determination among indigenous peoples.
A group of local community and human rights organisations put in a formal request with the UN to put an end to displacement along Indonesia’s border with Malaysia in Borneo.
The guilty verdict in former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s corruption trial is a sign of hope but it hardly means that justice has been delivered in the case. Malaysia’s judiciary has a historic opportunity to restore some degree of independence and push back against decades of political interventions.
As NASA launches its most detailed mission yet to Mars, Southeast Asian nations are also working on space programmes, albeit on a much smaller scale. What is in it for them and how are they making it work?
Should the US put its military muscle where its mouth is on the South China Sea—and if it does—what are the likely consequences?
There are already alarming signs of deteriorating media freedoms under Malaysia’s new government. In the country’s contentious political landscape, parties and leaders show little concern for freedom of the press.
With Malaysia’s current government facing a serious challenge of legitimacy, a snap election could be around the corner.
Cambodian labour unions are struggling and many workers are being laid off amid the pandemic. By Zachary Frye Despite Cambodia’s success in…