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  1. […] New Mandala 23 May 2017 […]

  2. H.I.Tong says:

    Singaporeans hero worship LKY but do not give credit to the geniuses behind Singapore’s transformation from a third world to a first world economy….I am referring to Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye and Hon Sui Sen. LKY was the front man for the first cabinet.
    Yes, his big mistake was to pay his ministers huge salaries. Our PM is paid much more than the President of US., the President of China, Chancellor of Germany and the PM of Japan, whose GDPs are way above Singapore’s.

  3. […] Confronting ‘Chinese privilege’ in Singapore […]

  4. […] issued the current list of national races, which has met with some controversy ever since: it arbitrarily excluded the Rohingya, subsumed some groups under others with which they have little or no linguistic […]

  5. pearshaped says:

    Oh dear. Oligarchs again.

    “rumor is subversive in the New Order not when its content is directed against the government, but when the source is believed not to be the government”

    Indonesian media has always been saturated with fake news, journalists required to run with it or fabricate themselves. ‘Selebaran gelap’ have just gone online. People trust the news given to them by their own religious identity group eg Republika or Kompas. They can read between the lines and understand when those outlets are distorting the truth, and just as importantly, why. Calling for more public funding of public broadcasting, soak the taxpayers, is a typical kneejerk lefty Australian response.

  6. […] Azis Anwar Fachrudin is an alumnus and now a staff member of CRCS UGM. This piece was originally published at New Mandala. […]

  7. Shailendra B Singh says:

    This trend is accelerating in the Pacific region as internet penetration increases, and online campaigning for elections becomes ever-more crucial for winning elections, as in Fiji. Governments are desperate to control the information highway. Across Melanesia, Internet abuse has become the catchphrase for the imposition of stronger controls. The concerns about internet abuse are not entirely misplaced. But little if anything is heard about media literacy and internet protection as ways is safeguarding the public good:

    http://ssgm.bellschool.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/publications/attachments/2017-04/dp_2017_1_singh.pdf

  8. […] Published in New Mandala. […]

  9. […] – Asian Correspondent: Aung San Suu Kyi crowned world’s ‘biggest backslider in press freedom – The Conversation: The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world – New Mandala: Disinformation and democracy in Indonesia […]

  10. Liam Gammon Liam Gammon says:

    Hilarion–this image was posted under a previous editorial team; I am unsure whether rights were extended so it has now been replaced by a creative commons image. Thanks for flagging. Liam, Editor

  11. Hilarion Goh says:

    I believed the picture here belongs to my friend, Thomas Tham and I would like to know if the rights were given to use the picture.

  12. Shawn McHale says:

    Very interesting! One other fascinating Filipino export — boondock/ boondocks — which came into the American language during the American colonial occupation of the Philippines.

  13. […] Ahok case shows a link between expressions of Muslim solidarity and resentment of existing socio-economic conditions. Such resentment is not exclusively held by poor Muslims — […]

  14. […] Ahok case shows a link between expressions of Muslim solidarity and resentment of existing socio-economic conditions. Such resentment is not exclusively held by […]

  15. Jonathan S says:

    The idea that the CPP is cohesive is a common one, yet if we look below the surface it seems that it is largely an illusion. Although it has presented a united front to outsiders, there have always been power struggles and turf wars within the party. Now, with Chea Sim out of the picture, there is less moderation of these conflicts, and a greater chance that they could emerge into open division if mass mobilisation occurred.
    Although some limited sanctions have been put in place, the likelihood of outright bans on Cambodia-manufactured garments from the U.S. and E.U. seems low, and while some of the major unions have been co-opted by the CPP, there are still labour and opposition networks in place that could be used to mobilise dissent – although whether these will survive the crackdown is an open question.
    I would also point out that the CPP’s frequent and heavy-handed propaganda against ‘colour revolution’ attests to the fact that the party’s leadership is genuinely worried about mass mobilisation as a possibility in the near future.
    Thank you for your comment.

  16. […] these categories. Indeed, even a cursory reading of the history of international law from Haiti to Siam would have provided Chimni with useful insights about these processes. Writing in this register […]

  17. Bernard Baars says:

    The Hebrew Bible was canonized circa 500 BCE, when Jews returned from Babylonian Exile to the land. Warfare against Amalekites (etc.) applies to the earlier times, when Hebrews migrated with a sense of the Promised Land to what was Canaan before. After many conquests by the empires of the day, culminating in the Roman Empire, the Jews rebelled against Roman efforts under Caesar Augustus to place emperor statues in the Temple in Jerusalem, rebelled, and were submitted to genocide. The Rabbinical tradition took over, and violence was largely proscribed, plausibly because Jews in exile were always in a weak minority. The teachings of Rabbi Hillel are an example. Starting roughly with the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbinical legal tradition parallels Christian tradition in its preference for peace. Oddly enough, Christianity as it was adopted by the Roman Empire saw much more violence, both aggressive and defensive, than did exilic Judaism. (E.g, the wars of the Reformation and Counter-reformation). In any case, the warlike actions of the much earlier historical canon were simply lost and ignored. Again, this may reflect a practical doctrine in view of the defenselessness of the exilic communities. Christians and others rarely understand that Biblical violence describes events before 500 BCE. All this would be consistent with the “historical emergence” view of theology, such as held by the historian Paul Johnson and others. I view all that as a skeptic, but I hope increasing peacefulness and rationality over time is true. There is another debate among scholars whether it is or not.

  18. […] – New Mandala: “Religion” and “belief” in Indonesia: what’s the difference? […]

  19. […] find being called “an emerging community” a misnomer as Malays have been a part of Australia since 1984 when Cocos (Keeling) Islands voted to become part of the […]

  20. […] (2016) and Mietzner and Muhtadi (2017) respectively saw the 2016 protests as being due more to the destructive effects of economic […]