01 July, 2020

Internet providers are helping the Thai government track down dissidents

I. U. Ajn

Thai laws oblige ISPs to relinquish identifying data to authorities during criminal investigations.

Identities, institutions, and intellectual aspirations: the praxis and study of Southeast Asian politics

"Most fundamentally, the study of politics requires attention to identity."

Singapore’s ‘Not Normal’ Election

Singapore’s 2020 election is different—to paraphrase the words of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s label—it is ‘not normal’.

Solidarity in precarity: food delivery riders in Thailand’s gig economy

The algorithms of food delivery apps incentivise riders to work harder, longer and faster—sometimes at the expense of their safety and rights.

Vietnam’s public loudspeaker system: a means of communication to combat COVID-19

While not resource-rich, Vietnam's intelligent communication methods helped maintain zero recorded deaths from the pandemic.

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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Vale Arief Budiman (1941-2020): liberated intellectual in authoritarian times

Even years later, if I told a Jakarta taxi driver I used to teach at Satya Wacana, their face would light up: “Arief Budiman, very good!”

Class and privilege: being a good citizen during a pandemic

Is adherence to social restrictions being used as "an uncritical litmus test to judge good and bad citizens?"

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.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

Why good women lose elections in Indonesia

Penelitian baru menunjuk bahwa sikap patriarkal dan institusi yang kurang ramah menghalangi suksesnya kandidat perempuan dalam pemilihan.

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

Does Singapore need mandatory contact tracing apps?

Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.

Syariah by surprise in Brunei

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

The political economy that Perikatan Nasional inherits – and will have to tackle

Malaysia has another new government; Tricia Yeoh looks at the ramifications of past leadership approaches on the new coalition's future.

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

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.

Heightened contradictions: Duterte and local autonomy in the era of COVID-19

The President's handling of the Social Amelioration Program in the regions seems to betray an intention to consolidate centralised power.

Ambág and Bayanihan: The Communal Values of Philippine Populism

...grounding democracy in ambág and bayanihan can help heal the polarized political landscape in the Philippines.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen regime introduces repressive emergency laws under cover of COVID-19

Fears of escalating repressions are growing as the state of emergency laws are used to arrest opposition affiliates and a journalist.

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.

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.

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.

The hidden heterogeneity of Rohingya refugees

Reductive narratives about the Rohingya trafficked by governments, NGOs and Rohingya leaders themselves contribute to the exclusion of some refugees from rights and protection.

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.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

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