27 May, 2020

The Patani Panopticon: biometrics in Thailand’s deep south

Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong

The collection of facial recognition data to identify separatist insurgents in the deep south will only feed distrust towards the Thai state.

Have reports of Bali’s death been greatly exaggerated?

With tourism making up a relatively small portion of Indonesia’s GDP, investment and household consumption do the heavy lifting in this trillion-dollar economy.

Looking Ahead: Laos in 2020 and beyond

Constraints on freedom of expression have expanded alongside dynamic economic growth in Laos over the past 12 months. Where will it lead?

Post-COVID 19: Deepening deprivation for young people

Young people are at a higher risk of mental health conditions when compared to the rest of the population, leading to poorer health outcomes, human rights violations and local and global economic loss.

Fighting on two fronts: the women facing conflict and COVID-19 in Rakhine state

Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.

Rodrigo Duterte’s war on COVID-19 is a war on the Filipino people

Reports emerging of anti-communist attacks in cities and rural areas, arrests of activists and union members, and military action in spite of a declared ceasefire.

Southeast Asia during COVID-19

Launching: Southeast Asia in the time of coronavirus

Our new series looks at coronavirus in Southeast Asia through diverse lens, and invites authors and readers to reflect and speculate on what we can learn from this crisis and all it brings.

POLICY AND POLITICS IN INDONESIA

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What’s driving Indonesia’s moral turn?

The intensification of punitive sexual surveillance in Indonesia goes deeper than the rise of conservative Islam.

Indonesia’s democratic paradox

The co-existence of Indonesia’s competitive elections with illiberal trends appears contradictory but the two are in fact interrelated.

Progress in democratic culture is being stifled in Indonesia

While community level developments show a rise in engagement with democratic culture, the government appears to extending the reach of repressive legislations and ignore hate speech and intolerance.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

Why good women lose elections in Indonesia

New research shows patriarchal attitudes and unfriendly institutions hamper women’s electoral success.

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

Reclaiming the sea from the Melaka Gateway

The Melaka Gateway is threatening the livelihood of a seaside community that is now leveraging its Portuguese–Malay roots to survive.

Men in White: the Singapore musical

The 'zing' of a hip-hop based musical might be just the thing to interest young audiences in Singapore's own founding fathers, argues Peter Coclanis.

Syariah by surprise in Brunei

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

The Patani Panopticon: biometrics in Thailand’s deep south

The collection of facial recognition data to identify separatist insurgents in the deep south will only feed distrust towards the Thai state.

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Philippines Beyond Clichés Series 2 # 6: We need to decongest Manila

Who has the right to live in the city? And what role can facilitated community organisation that engages all residents of the city play in determining the shape and life of the city?

Four years of people’s war: an assessment of the New People’s Army from 2016-2019

The end of the NPA's insurgency isn't guaranteed despite what officials say.

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.

Myanmar’s economic relief plan risks excluding vulnerable populations

Who gets to be categorized as vulnerable and receive much-needed economic assistance?

A plague of epidemics throughout Myanmar history

For centuries a cross roads of Asia, Myanmar has also suffered the attendant waves of epidemic and endemic disease.

Reflections on the future of Myanmar Studies

Where to now for Myanmar Studies? New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a rapidly changing field.

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

Looking Ahead: Laos in 2020 and beyond

Constraints on freedom of expression have expanded alongside dynamic economic growth in Laos over the past 12 months. Where will it lead?

Exhibition review: Mythlines and Memories: new batiks by Dias Prabu

The artists' imagery evokes the collective ethical and moral challenges of our times through the lens of epochs past, writes Greg Doyle.

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.

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.

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