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Enjoining moderation: the online self-presentations of the MILF [Part I]

In its rhetoric the MILF "is forced to walk a tightrope between two extremes", seeking credibility as a negotiator and as champion of Islam.

The rise of Duterte and Bolsonaro: creeping authoritarianism and criminal populism

In both countries, ugly populist politics is a direct result of legitimate concerns about crime and corruption.

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.

Deadly answers: a review of ‘Tao Po’

"Many were emotionally triggered by this part-testimonial, part-theatrical, and part-documentary theatre"

The uncomfortable intimacies of ‘Tao Po’

"We are drawn into the lives of four characters, each with a separate monologue"

‘Tao Po’: More than collateral damage

The play highlights "raw and conflicted stories based on real lives in the drug war".

‘Tao Po’: Is anyone there?

"Tao Po invites us to listen to four people’s intimate accounts of the [Philippines'] drug war."

‘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.

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.

Southeast Asia’s ethnic crises in modernity

Some big-picture reflections on regime type, ethnic diversity, and ethnic exclusion.

Lost in literature: the misuse of western sources and perspectives [Part III]

On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.