Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. / AFP / MANMAN DEJETO        (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)

01 September, 2016

The Duterte paradox

Imelda Deinla

Is the Philippines heading towards developmental authoritarianism?

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Malaysia the fragile federation

Whether it is 53 or 59, an old debate shows why Sabah and Sarawak may not be celebrating independence.

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Prachatai journalist charged by junta

More worrying signs for media freedom in Thailand.

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A building and brutality

Can architecture help heal the wounds of Cambodia's genocide?

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Financial scandals and foreign affairs

1MDB is a Malaysian problem with reach in Australia, writes Amrita Malhi.

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Crisis and confidence in Najib’s Malaysia

Malaysia Update to examine what comes next for the Southeast Asian nation.

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No smooth sailing

Philippines 'utility men', servitude and dreams of better days.

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A foundation for freedom

Support for Myanmar’s media – vital then, essential now.

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Backlash and benevolence in Brunei

Are politics in the absolute monarchy more open?

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The real meaning of Thailand’s referendum

Why the country's latest constitution will be short-lived.

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Will bombs burst Thailand’s tourism bubble?

A strike at the heart of the country's economy.

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Out of Africa

What scandal soaked Malaysia could learn about power and accountability from South Africa and Mauritius.

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How long can the longyi last?

Luke Corbin looks at the lifespan of one of Myanmar's most iconic items.

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A new breed of terror in Thailand

How a ballot and blasts are playing havoc with the country’s domestic politics.

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Wiranto: war criminal or political moderate?

Juggling the interests of reformers and hardliners a key legacy.

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Duterte a law unto himself

As a populist, Duterte’s erosion of the rule of law is no surprise.

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A vague vote and uncertain future

The ambiguous meanings behind Thailand’s referendum result.

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Violence in Thailand’s Deep South

Will we see more violence from Deep South insurgents?

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Rights in the firing line

After the latest round of executions for drugs crimes, is there hope for human rights in Jokowi's Indonesia?

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A storm of bullets, a wave of apathy

Duterte is gaining in the war on drugs, but at a terrifying cost to Filipino society.