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Philippines

Duterte’s war on tongues

President Duterte’s use of Bisaya is a push back against Imperial Manila’s dominance. But it is also creating new hierarchies of language of its own.

Mindanao activists never folded their banners

President Duterte's trust rating lies at 89% in Mindanao. It's time to listen to the voice of the other 11%.

How not to make fun of Rodrigo Duterte

Satirists cannot beat Duterte in his own game of telling jokes and performing in the theatre of the absurd.

Duterte’s selective human rights record

The first in our series of perspectives from young writers from Mindanao on two years of Dutertismo.

Philippine Chief Justice Sereno’s undemocratic ouster

The Supreme Court’s ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno was not just a case of discriminatory legalism or unconstrained democracy. It is not democratic at all.

The politics of cleanliness in Duterte’s Philippines

Duterte's anti-drug and anti-loitering campaigns have weaponised a 'cleanliness' aesthetic to deadly effect.

Philippines beyond clichés: ‘Dynasties’

Do political dynasties hold back The Philippines' economic development? Nicole Curato investigates this question with Assoc Prof Ronald Mendoza.

Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Philippines beyond clichés: ‘Catholic country’

Jayeel Cornelio talks to Nicole Curato about the under-appreciated level of religious diversity in the Philippines.

Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

New Mandala's Philippines editor talks to Jonathan Miller about his new biography of the president.

Dismantling a liberal constitution, one institution at a time

We should worry that the impeachment of the Philippines' chief judge signals a new phase in the sidelining of Duterte critics.

First tragedy, then farce: unlearned lessons of reconstructing ravaged cities

The Philippines’ poor track record in reconstructing cities affected by disaster and conflict is manifest in Marawi’s case, a year since the siege.

Happy-washing: how a ‘happiness campaign’ hurts disaster survivors

Tacloban's new tourism campaign is a coverup of five years of post-Yolanda devastation.

Nicole Curato is our Philippines editor

Bringing New Mandala readers fresh perspectives on the causes and consequences of populist rule in the Philippines.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Perspectives on the Philippines

The highlights of PoP's two-month special series on the Philippines.

Hunting the Secrets of the Philippines

What makes the Philippines tick, and what's the one piece of art, object or artefact that could provide an answer?

Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

A historically-focussed review of the AGNSW's Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines exhibition.

The Philippines’ Chinese FDI boom: more politics than geopolitics

A common logic—play nice with Beijing, get investment—doesn't fit the facts in the Philippines.

Terrorist arbitrage in Southeast Asia

Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.

Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

A personally-confronting reflection on why, sometimes, art galleries don’t seem to work for the author.

Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines

A mini-review of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' recent exhibition of Philippine art.

From datus to trapos: reading Philippine history in the OED

How an English dictionary documents different eras of linguistic exchange between Filipinos and their colonisers.

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.