15 January, 2019

Why Thailand’s generals fail to co-opt elections

Prajak Kongkirati

History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.

The Khon Kaen Model(s): when terror and transportation infrastructure meet

The two "Khon Kaen Models"—one an alleged red-shirt terrorist plot and the other a transit infrastructure project—effectively model the process by which the junta secures obedience: the NCPO’s power expands through suppressing “political” activity on the one hand and endorsing “apolitical” development projects on the other.

Habib Bahar’s fifteen minutes of infamy

An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Himpunan 812 and a new rivalry in Malay politics

Observations on what many are calling Malaysia's answer to Indonesia's 212 movement.

The Malaysian economy faces turbulence abroad after regime change

The 'new Malaysia' challenge is to redefine its trade and industrial policies, and to work out where the new sources of growth and tax revenue can be, more so after the GST's removal.

The uses and abuses of Singaporean history

A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.

‘Tao Po’: A new theatre of war

Introducing a series of short reflections on Tao Po, a one-person play that grapples with the Philippines' drug war.

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BOOK REVIEWS

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

  • The Khon Kaen Model(s): when terror and transportation infrastructure meet about 3 days ago

    The two "Khon Kaen Models"—one an alleged red-shirt terrorist plot and the other a transit infrastructure project—effectively model the process by which the junta secures obedience: the NCPO’s power expands through suppressing “political” activity on the one hand and endorsing “apolitical” development projects on the other.

  • Why Thailand’s generals fail to co-opt elections about 4 days ago

    History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.

  • Film Review: Ten Years Thailand about 1 month ago

    What bleak stories can be told about what Thailand will be like in a decade, when Thais have already lived under nearly five years of military rule? The film Ten Years Thailand grapples with that very question.

  • New Mandala’s most read in 2018 about 1 month ago

    Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

  • Corrupting Thailand’s Court of Justice  about 1 month ago

    The Court of Justice plays no less significant a role in sustaining the military regime, yet has generally kept a much lower profile than the controversial Constitutional Court.

Film Review: Ten Years Thailand

What bleak stories can be told about what Thailand will be like in a decade, when Thais have already lived under nearly five years of military rule? The film Ten Years Thailand grapples with that very question.

Indonesia & East Timor

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Notes on 212 in 2018: more politics, less unity

The second reunion of the 2016 anti-Ahok rally was a show of force from FPI ahead of elections.

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Expert speakers discuss the state of Indonesia's politics and economy in 2018, with the focus on the status of minorities.

Indonesia at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

A despatch from Brisbane, where an eclectic selection of Indonesian works stands out at the APT.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

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The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.

Welcoming ‘Near West’ to New Mandala

New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Rebellion and regret: talking to rural voters after GE14

The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.

A new electoral system for a new Malaysia

The majoritarian first-past-the-post system has had its day. It’s time to think about bold options for reform.

Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout

Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

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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.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?