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Catch up on our past issues of our free monthly newsletter, notes from the equator.

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What is the point of education if it cannot stop suffering? — issue #55

Apologies: We accidentally sent a test version of our latest issue. Please ignore the previous email and continue reading to enjoy this month's reads! It’s the end of May and spring is in full swing. I’ve just completed my second term at the University of Edinburgh,

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seasons are changing — issue #54

Coming from tropical Singapore, where it’s pretty much hot all year round, spring was never something I resonated with. It didn’t rouse in me feelings people associate with the end of winter: hope, joy, and revival. At most, I’d think of the fleeting beauty of Japanese sakura,

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The colours of girlhood — issue #53

Back in primary school, girls in my class used to circulate a dog-eared paperback copy of Judy Blume’s “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret”, giggling excitedly to the next person in line. I have fond memories of reading about 12-year-old Margaret’s adolescent adventures: getting her period

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Love, interrupted — issue #52

February means many things to us. For some, it’s a month of love which centres on that special day on the 14th. For others, it’s just another 29 days, each one not any more special than the other. For those of us who celebrate Chinese New Year, it’

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Popping our bubble of convenience — issue #51

Last April, I met a Ukrainian journalist at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. I thought my near-20 hours of commute to Rome was long, but she had travelled 24 hours to be there despite hailing from the same continent. What struck me was her steadfastness. Despite how disrupted

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Boycotts: A call for connection — issue #50

Recent calls to boycott have got me thinking about how intricately connected we are to each other.  Each day, I depend on my iPhone to get updates on what goes on in the world, and communicate with family and friends miles away. With digital media, I have easy access to

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The answers don’t lie in biodegradable bullets — issue #49

Did you know that military-related emissions aren’t subject to international climate goals? I didn’t, until recently.  Countries have been rushing to meet their climate goals. Most of their efforts centre on energy transition, economic re-prioritisation, and sustainable development. But the quest for reduced emissions and clean energy has

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Whose voices are we listening to? — issue #48

The past few weeks have felt incredibly heavy. In Gaza, a genocide against Palestinians is happening in front of our eyes. Heinous war crimes are committed daily without impunity, emboldened by the support of colonial powers past and present. Across the world, many of us scroll through horrors that surpass

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Why local stories matter — issue #47

A few years back, I had the privilege of meeting other environmental journalists from across Asia at a climate journalism fellowship. Hailing from Indonesia, Kashmir, Bangladesh and the Philippines—places extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change—they had spent their career reporting tirelessly from the frontlines of our

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Connecting the dots in Southeast Asia — issue #46

August is a month during which Singapore’s patriotism goes into overdrive. Flags sprout across the island like mushrooms after rain. National Day songs are modernised and mild, milked to maximum saccharine effect. The message is one of exceptionalism–there was a time when people said that Singapore won'

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Reimagining kinship in a culture of convenience — issue #45

Recently I was sitting in an alleyway in George Town, Penang, that smelled gloriously of roasted coffee beans and charcoal-toasted bread. My husband remarked how happy he was to see young people working there, and expressed hope that this streetside stall would stand the test of time (and that we

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When was the last time we touched grass? — issue #44

I’ve been thinking about what it means to return to the land. This was sparked after we published our recent story on land reclamation. To promote it, I posted about it on Instagram, which was when my cousin noted how apt it was that I had written the story