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UN Report Details Massive Scale of Southeast Asia’s ‘Scamdemic’

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Source: The Diplomat

Yesterday, the United Nations Office and Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a report that adds the small but growing corpus of literature on the cancerous cyber-scam operations that continue to metastasize across mainland Southeast Asia.

The UNODC report shines a light on the region-wide wave of digital criminality that has arisen in the Mekong region since the onset of COVID-19. At the time, the operators of existing illegal casino operations across the region advanced existing plans to to begin running online scams, which include various kinds of cryptocurrency frauds and romance-investment scams.

The majority of these industrial-scale operations are located in often Chinese-run special economic zones and other regulatory voids in Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Some are also present in the Philippines and Malaysia. Aside from the billions that these scams leech from victims around the world, many have also relied on the mass “trafficking in persons for forced criminality,” to use UNODC’s term of art, which has been facilitated by the context of economic insecurity that accompanied the pandemic shutdowns.

Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2023/09/un-report-details-massive-scale-of-southeast-asias-scamdemic/

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You Nearly Missed: 5X Fest’s celebration of South Asian music and art

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Source: Straight Newsletter

Starting tomorrow (June 13), celebrate the best of South Asian music and art with 5X Fest, now in its seventh year. The multi-day festival has four signature events showcasing music, visual art, fashion, and culture.

Here’s a complete list of what’s going on.

5X Art Party

A fete curated by Ritesh Matlani, an Indian queer floral designer and filmmaker who specializes in intricate floral installations.

Read more: https://www.straight.com/arts/you-nearly-missed-5x-fests-celebration-of-south-asian-music-and-art

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South Asia’s highest ‘land art’ festival set in Ladakh reflects on climate change

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Source: The Hindu

A carpet of fabric in a gradation of red, brown, and maroon spreads across a dirt road leading up to a barren mountain range. Close by, a cross-section of land lights up in blue fluorescence at night. If the last edition of sā Ladakh, South Asia’s highest contemporary land art festival, is anything to go by, interactive public art has found an effective format in the country: imagine art at an altitude of 3,500 metres.

As you read this, bamboo pillars are being erected in the 22-acre Disko Valley Bike Park in Leh, one of the highest in the country, as it prepares for the festival.

Read more: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/south-asias-highest-land-art-festival-set-in-ladakh-reflects-on-climate-change/article68207143.ece

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South Asian Artists Confront Oppression with Joy

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Source: Alta

In the 14th century, the Indian poet and spiritual leader Guru Ravidas imagined a utopia called Begampura. This “land without sorrow,” as Begampura translates from Hindi, would be casteless, classless, and griefless. Free from anxieties and discrimination, inhabitants could pursue spiritual freedom.

A modern reinterpretation of Begampura undergirds Dalit Dreamlands: Toward an Anti-Caste Future, a multimedia group art show currently on display in downtown Oakland.

Read more: https://www.altaonline.com/dispatches/a60669886/south-asian-artists-confront-oppression-with-joy/

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