17 September, 2017

Rohingya identity and the limits to history

Jonathan Saha

The discussion around the history of the Rohingya, at its worst, deflects attention away from the problem of defining citizenship through ethnic indigeneity.

IDEAS @ NM

"the place of...[Myanmar's] non-national-race groups is precarious...the only way available to them politically...is to submit to the politics of domination inherent in the national races project"

READ NICK CHEESMAN ON MYANMAR'S 'NATIONAL RACES' AND THE ROHINGYA CRISIS HERE

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THAILAND

Capturing Yingluck

Nick Nostitz reflects on photographing the political rise and fall of Thailand's first female PM.

A year after referendum, only bad news about Thailand’s constitution

The new constitution leaves booby traps for any incoming civilian government.

INDONESIA & EAST TIMOR

Is Indonesia’s mosque-building boom a myth?

A spike in mosque construction is an oft-cited symbol of Indonesia's "Islamisation". But data suggest it's not actually happening.

Duterte’s “drug war” migrates to Indonesia

Alarming rhetoric from officials is coinciding with an apparent spike in the use of deadly force by police.

East Timor’s “Red Rosa”

A look back at Rosa "Muki" Bonaparte Soares' life of anti-colonialism and feminism, cut short by Indonesian occupation.

Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims

Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.

Jokowi’s political prisoner problem

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the right of Papuans and Moluccans to peacefully advocate for self-determination.

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New Mandala leads the conversation on Indonesian Islam, politics, and political economy ahead of Jokowi's fight for reelection in 2019.

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Indonesia in the new world: globalisation, nationalism, sovereignty

ANU's premier Indonesian studies conference will explore the nationalist zeitgeist [re]emerging under Jokowi.

MYANMAR

Feminist facts Myanmar can’t afford to ignore

Myanmar women aren’t relying on outsiders to call out discrimination, or to organise to demand their rights.

Why Myanmar’s ethnic minorities lose faith in federalism and peace

Despite connecting with EAO leaders, Aung San Suu Kyi fails to garner local support among minority communities.

Land key to IDPs’ livelihoods

Land rights for displaced people are a critical, yet often overlooked, part of rebuilding livelihoods in Myanmar's conflict areas.

CAMBODIA

Explaining the crackdown in Cambodia

Two factors: the CPP is spooked by its declining electoral fortunes, and the west hasn't spoken up for democracy.

Cambodia, a party with a country

Cambodian officials in their own words on how the CPP and state power are one and the same.

Cambodia’s society is changing fast, and its parties slowly

The 2017 commune elections don't point to a decisive result for either the CPP or CNRP next year.

PHILIPPINES

Rebuilding Marawi, or rebuilding extremism?

Mounting Maranao frustration could cause further radicalisation after military operations end.

Rediscovering Rizal

The schooling system makes reading Jose Rizal a chore in the eyes of many young Filipinos. Vicente Rafael and Benedict Anderson's work on Rizal can help them to rediscover the power of his literature.

Marawi and beyond: a look at violent extremism

Preventing more Marawis means appreciating how failures of governance open pathways for radicalisation in Mindanao.

MALAYSIA

Selfie with the Prime Minister

A new film tells the bittersweet story of a young Rohingya refugee's quest for a selfie with Najib.

Malaysia must wake up to its human trafficking problem

As Rohingya and supporters gather to remember those buried at Wang Kelian, corruption and official inertia perpetuate human trafficking.

The allure of Joget Gamelan

Threatened by neglect and officialdom, can the great Malay tradition of Joget Gamelan make a comeback?

REVIEWS & OBITUARIES

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.