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20 January, 2017

Duterte and Donald’s ctrl-alt-delete

Nathan Shea

Will resetting the US-Philippines relationship put a stop to souring relations?

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A matter of principles

Pancagila’s ‘five crazy principles’ and a rising challenge for Indonesia’s ideology.


Two sides of the same coin

Public service in a patron-client government.

This young woman arrived in Indonesia after Australia's decision to cease accepting refugees through UNHCR Indonesia. She has family in Australia but it is unlikely she will be able to move there.

Living in limbo

The forgotten refugees of Indonesia.


A new leaf for land rights?

Seeing the forest for the trees when it comes to indigenous rights in Indonesia.


Old men and the abuse of Thai youth

Andrew MacGregor Marshal reflects on what is wrong with Thailand's annual "Children's Day".


Indonesia and ‘transparent sex’

How the fight against LGBT has become a fight against feminism.


Reclaiming halal

Food, faith, power and big business in Malaysia.


Doctor, my eyes

Do eye surgeons turned politician bring unique vision to politics?


Is Ma Ba Tha really in decline?

Why an 'emotional story' explains the group's continued relevance.

Photo: Josh Estey/ DFAT

Tough year for human rights in Southeast Asia

2016 was not a good year for the region's civil liberties, writes Bridget Welsh.

Islamic Defenders Front members

Justice by numbers

The rising spectre of vigilantism in Indonesia.

Race to the bottom

The fate of minority rights in ASEAN.


Another year over

New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly marks the end of 2016.


The criminalisation of LGBT people in Indonesia

How sensationalism is driving the campaign against LGBT rights.


No peace without women

Female participation in Myanmar’s peace process.


Inching toward Orwell

Information warfare being waged in Thailand.


Bolstering injustice

Wiranto worsens West Papua’s prospects.


The high cost of criticism

Why Cambodia is ramping up its anti-UN rhetoric.


Engaging young learners in rural Myanmar

How inspiration and creativity is vital for Myanmar's education system.


Sulphur and sacrifice: Indonesia’s Yadnya Kasada Festival

Mount Bromo shows its darker side at this haunting Hindu festival.