14 January, 2020

What lurks beyond the Belt and Road in Myanmar?

Khin Zaw Win

A reflection on China-Myanmar relations ahead of Xi Jinping’s visit on 17 January 2020.

A photograph of demonstrators supporting Daw Aung Suu Kyi

Justice in Myanmar: the view from Auntie’s shop

Brutal violence and nasty racist politics have a long history in Myanmar. To survive, people compartmentalise.

Was Majapahit really an empire?

A critical reflection on the emergence, dominance and legacy of Java’s historic ‘empire’.

Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation?

What does world heritage inscription means in a country where human rights abuses are ongoing.

Politicising the label radical?

Extremist labels are being utilised to repress criticism, strong-arm opponents and silence challengers of the Indonesian government.

The ASEAN pincer: Caught between elite capture and populists

Democracy 2.0 in ASEAN must consider the invisible threat of elite capture and build new tools to fight it.

A volunteer cleaning effort on Queen Sirikit's birthday in 2019 (not part of the Volunteer Spirit 904 initiative)

Cascading royal-nationalism: Bangkok’s “Volunteer Spirit 904” bootcamps

Around 3,000 public servants have volunteered to attend intensive “boot camps” at a military base in Bangkok.

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

POLICY AND POLITICS IN INDONESIA

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Development under Jokowi leaves human rights behind

Jokowi's priorities for his second term revolve around human resources development, but not human rights.

Increasing inroads and growing anger in West Papua

The Indonesian military and divisions within the separatist movement are hurdles to a solution.

The poor know they’re poor: The roles of shame and stigma in the everyday lives of people in poverty

Poverty reduction efforts in Indonesia need to also tackle issues of shame and social exclusion.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

‘Green Islam’: Islamic environmentalism in Indonesia

Indonesia promises a future of Quran-inspired sustainability and renewables but is constrained by fossil fuel interests in government.

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

Death amid oil palms: Malaysia’s Batek Orang Asli health crisis

Public shock should be channelled towards real empowerment of indigenous communities.

The Singapore Bicentennial: it was never going to work

On the unstable historical foundations of Singapore's (supposed) two-hundredth birthday.

Syariah by surprise in Brunei

The latest extension of Islamic criminal law was kept under wraps, even for Bruneians.

Despite disinformation, social media in the Philippines remains a space for genuine grassroots mobilisation

Despite the rise of disinformation innovations, social media still holds genuine democratic potential.

Campaigning and killing: violence against politicians in the Southern Philippines

Data on killings reconfirm how pervasive electoral violence remains.

Sitio San Roque: In the peripheries of development

An urban poor community fight to save their homes in the face of arrests and arson.

Genocide recognition in the wake of Nuon Chea’s death

The passing of Nuon Chea raises questions regarding the legacy of the Khmer Rouge tribunal and in particular about the recognition of genocide.

Land, emotions and the durability of power in Cambodia

ដីធ្លី, អារម្មណ៍, និងថាវរកម្មនៃអំណាចនៅកម្ពុជា

Rainsy’s point of no return

Divisions in Cambodia's opposition have created divergent ideas about the best path forward.

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

Papal visits in Thailand and “foreign religious subversion”

As Pope Francis lands in Thailand, Katewadee Kulabkaew unpacks hardline fears that the Catholic Church is like "a stealthy python" that will swallow Buddhism.

Saigon’s hidden presidential palace and forgotten president: the Republic of Cochinchina and Nguyễn Văn Thinh

Reconsidering an oft-overlooked chapter in Vietnam’s decolonisation.

Lost in tongue: The politics of mother tongue education in Myanmar

A glimpse into the current state of mother tongue education and its connections to the broader ethnic reconciliation process.

Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation?

What does world heritage inscription means in a country where human rights abuses are ongoing.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

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