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Gopal Baratham: “Orwell of the Orient”

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

LIVE NOW: Our race to the bottom?

CONFERENCE | JAKARTA
"Civic space, human rights, and the trajectory of democracy in ASEAN countries"

Reflections on a reunion in Jakarta

On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.

Governing Singapore, beyond Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew isn't to blame if Singapore's political class can't let go of him.

Should we boycott Myanmar tourism?

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

Anthropology, morality, and the Rohingya

Scholars are meant to understand and explain the roots of atrocities. But do situations like that of the Rohingya demand that they do more?

Steer clear of Duterte’s wars

Duterte’s violent response to local threats has reignited Mindanao’s conflicts. Regional allies should stand up to his government, not prop it up.

Book Preview: Illusions of Democracy in Malaysia

A new edited volume grapples with what it means to study a country caught between democracy and authoritarianism.

Hun Sen’s gamble

The dissolution of the CNRP protects the prime minister’s position in the short term, but may backfire in the long run.

ASEAN’s myths: creating continuity, rather than change

ASEAN's human rights mechanisms reflect the body's prioritising the interests of national elites. Don't expect it to be of use in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Sitagu Sayadaw and justifiable evils in Buddhism

One of Myanmar's most revered monks reassures soldiers that norms of nonviolence are suspended in the course of defending the faith.

Marawi: returning to a destroyed city

Mishandling the return of civilian evacuees risks creating new pockets of sympathy for violent extremist groups.