What will it take for Malaysia to act on its human rights vows and quit treating refugees as ‘illegal immigrants’?

These past few weeks in Malaysia as a foreign journalist opened my eyes to a novel set of dismaying challenges facing the refugee and asylum seeker (RAS) community. And it’s immeasurably exasperating. My first day in Kuala Lumpur brought me cheek to jowl with the cause of refugee rights and the people themselves, platformed and using … More What will it take for Malaysia to act on its human rights vows and quit treating refugees as ‘illegal immigrants’?

China may be overstepping Hong Kong’s rule of law and there’s historical proof of that

A protestor in protective gear looks out from between the barricading umbrellas to the line of police officers on Harcourt Road, Wan Chai. First of all, I’m no stranger to a city that has its fair share of prejudices in how they’ve been treating minority groups living on the margins of society as non-Chinese, brown residents … More China may be overstepping Hong Kong’s rule of law and there’s historical proof of that

Double standards of terrorism are alive and thriving in fields of Islamophobia

In these past few months, national security agencies and protection forces were gritting their teeth at the cries of women asking to return to their home countries after volunteering with the so-called Islamic State for years. One of them is 19-year-old Shamima Begum. Since she flew over to Syria to join ISIS in 2015, her … More Double standards of terrorism are alive and thriving in fields of Islamophobia

Lifting the Iron Curtain on the facts of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

As you’re reading this essay, some 14 million Yemenis continue to be systematically deprived of food, sanitation and medical supplies, thanks to the US-funded Saudi-led coalition. Around late 2018, the UN estimated that at least 85,000 children have been killed in the endless war between Saudis and Houthi rebel fighters. Aggressing parties (Saudi, US and … More Lifting the Iron Curtain on the facts of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

What happens when coverage of Kashmir is reigned in by, you guessed it, Google?

In one of my politics and law courses at the University of Hong Kong in the winter semester of 2018, we came across a case study of one particular territory which, within the purview of international relations, is split into 3 states for decades: Pakistan, India and China. The historical origins of the territory were … More What happens when coverage of Kashmir is reigned in by, you guessed it, Google?

Hagiographies of the late 41st US President George H. W. Bush were back in the news

Praises of the late George H. W. Bush were slung back to the mainstream news cycle not too long ago. But this time, pro-US commentaries were aired in the Philippines. Comment aisles were once again awash with people bigging up Bush for not only being a man of civility and kindness but a “sweet” and … More Hagiographies of the late 41st US President George H. W. Bush were back in the news

Are you even “woke” if you turn a blind eye to the news on peaceful protests in Sudan circulating on social media?

In the last few weeks of 2018, Twitter feeds and mainstream media sites were lit aflame with headlines that went along the lines of “Mass protests in Sudan erupted against astronomical price hike of bread”. Everything is wrong in headlines phrased that way (and it’s worse if you read the articles). Early reports flooding in narrowed … More Are you even “woke” if you turn a blind eye to the news on peaceful protests in Sudan circulating on social media?