28 April, 2017

Between inequality and identity in Jakarta polls

Azis Anwar Fachrudin

Ian Wilson is right that binary 'diversity vs. sectarian populism' narratives are unhelpful. But religious divides still matter in the politics of inequality.

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A science circus for Southeast Asia

How a revolutionary approach is addressing major gaps in STEM education.

Jakarta: inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism

Framing Jakarta's election as a referendum on Indonesian pluralism is a way to avoid addressing inequalities of political and economic power.

Kingdom of fear (and favour)

Pavin Chachavalpongpun: Vajiralongkorn has been ruthless in consolidating his position within Thailand's ruling elite.

Ahok’s absurd trial won’t satisfy anybody

Prosecutors' request for a suspended sentence for Ahok underscores what a political farce the legal process has been.

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Last orders in Bangkok

The creativity, informality, and disorderliness of Bangkok's street vendors couldn't survive the junta's impulses for social control.

Film review: By The Time It Gets Dark/ดาวคะนอง

Anocha Suwichakornpong's new film haunts long after the credits are over.

R.I.P orange bajaj

The end of an era for the iconic form of transportation?


Tackling sex re-assignment surgery in Malaysia

Understanding the state’s aversion towards sex-reassignment in Malaysia.

The Aceh Party’s Defeat

The Aceh Party needs revolutionary internal change.

Malaysia’s electoral reform: more important than ever

How can Malaysia overhaul its authoritarian and corrupt political structure?

The irony of integrity

Why Phra Dhammajayo does not turn himself in.

The problem with a one woman show

Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD.

Cambodian youth: shaping relations with Vietnam

How can youth help enhance relations with Vietnam?

Blocking Papua from the Truth

How Indonesia continues to suppress press freedom in Papua.

Responding to Myanmar’s humanitarian crises

Jürg Montani on humanitarian action in Myanmar.

Slashing livelihoods

How poor policy understanding of slash and burn farming has impacted communities.


West Papua worries

Why West Papua remains a sore point in the relationship between Canberra and Jakarta.


Piercing the corrupt corporate veil

Can Indonesia roll its way out of another corruption scandal?

Suu Kyi’s state of denial

Silence on Rohingya issue is hard to justify. It's also dangerous.

Risk, gossip and retribution in Thailand

Skydiving, insubordination and rule under the new king.