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25 August, 2016

No smooth sailing

Roderick Galam

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

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Life in Brunei is largely lived on the water, such as at the paddle-up Tamu Kianggeh Market

Backlash and benevolence in Brunei

Are politics in the absolute monarchy more open?

Photo: Mikhail Koninin on flickr

Will bombs burst Thailand’s tourism bubble?

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

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The real meaning of Thailand’s referendum

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

Blasts and ballots in Thailand

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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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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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Thai blasts a wake-up call for peace?

Latest attacks may relate to stalled peace talks between insurgents and state.

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Bombs, facts, and myths in southern Thailand

There's good reason to distrust the junta's official line on latest blasts.

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Two suspects in Thailand’s blasts

Why Malay insurgents and radical Red Shirts may be the culprits.

Decades of dominance and a junta’s demise

Thailand referendum installs military for the long haul, opens door for their downfall?

The region in focus

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Out of Africa

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

Photo: Yoann Gruson-Daniel on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/yoanngd/

How long can the longyi last?

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

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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 storm of bullets, a wave of apathy

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

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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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Emergencies and executions under Jokowi

So-called national emergencies give President no right to breach human rights.

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Poor Filipinos’ lives don’t seem to matter

Duterte’s war on drugs is also a war on class.

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When trade worlds collide

Australia leaves itself short changed in efforts to unlock Indonesia's economy.

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A new way of seeing asylum seekers

How a photography project is helping change attitudes about refugees in Indonesia.