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Privilege, victimhood, and gay Indonesia

A journalist's reflections on reporting Indonesia’s anti-LGBT crackdown from a position of western privilege.

Connecting Myanmar libraries to global academia

The eLibrary Myanmar Project is helping libraries make the leap from isolation to digitisation, both of their own outstanding collections and global publications.

Marawi after the fighting stops

Securing military 'victory' against the Maute Group would only be the start of dealing with lingering grievances and mistrust that undermine peace-building.

Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice

A major civil society fact-finding report on the 2010 anti-Red Shirt crackdown is now available in English.

Consuming orphans in a Jakarta mall

Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.

China’s economic ascension: not a race to the bottom for Myanmar

Why the expansion of Chinese investment into Myanmar isn't all gloom and doom.

Jakarta is still the oligarchs’ turf

Neither Ahok nor Anies can change the fact that those who own the city have enormous influence over how it's run.

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.

Ahok and the rise (and fall?) of state capital

Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.

Duterte’s exceptionalism and the pitfalls of military rule

The authoritarian president would have us believe military force can solve Mindanao’s problems. History shows how wrong he is.

Querying Martial Law in Mindanao

The security rationale for Duterte’s declaration of martial law may apply in Mindanao. But is it a test balloon for further authoritarian measures?

Female Ulama voice a vision for Indonesia’s future

A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.