21 April, 2018

Kartini and ‘Kartini’

Kathryn Robinson

On the many meanings of Hari Kartini, Indonesia's annual celebration of its most famous colonial-era feminist thinker.

MALAYSIA’S GENERAL ELECTION

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Lost in race between first world and third

Reform-minded Malaysians are fatigued after two missed opportunities since 2008, with today's centrifugal politics generating even more social tensions. Not even Dr Mahathir’s surprise (re)emergence can mend those fractures, as Malaysians dream of the First World but still struggle in the Third as inequality worsens.

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  • Lost in race between first world and third about 2 days ago

    Reform-minded Malaysians are fatigued after two missed opportunities since 2008, with today's centrifugal politics generating even more social tensions. Not even Dr Mahathir’s surprise (re)emergence can mend those fractures, as Malaysians dream of the First World but still struggle in the Third as inequality worsens.

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CAMBODIA ON THE BRINK

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REVIEWS & OBITUARIES

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Jokowi shares the blame for MD3 debacle

The MD3 saga lays bare not only the DPR's attempt to shield itself from public accountability, but the dysfunctionality of governance under Jokowi.

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MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

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The novelist's work remains a useful window on the politics of freedom of (and from) speech in Singapore.

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Claims of widespread Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia don't ring true on the ground.

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Amid challenges to NGO participation in peace process, churches have filled the void.

Should we boycott Myanmar tourism?

Further isolating the Myanmar public from international perspectives will do nothing to help the Rohingya.

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"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"

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Terrorist arbitrage in Southeast Asia

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