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Philippines

Swipe in the name of love? Filipina agency in interracial digital dating

Despite built-in power disadvantages, women are still asserting themselves in online matchmaking.

Campaigning and killing: violence against politicians in the Southern Philippines

Data on killings reconfirm how pervasive electoral violence remains.

When illiberal social media takes over democratic Philippines

Social media has amplified, rather than created, an existing culture of disinformation.

Did Duterte change the rules of Philippine elections?

Dutertismo still hasn’t fundamentally changed how political power is sought and won.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

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

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

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front struggles to sustain a dual image of moderation and militancy.

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.

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.

Lesson 3: Waiting is resource-intensive

On waiting for public transport and the inequalities of reconstruction.

Build back bitter? Five lessons five years after Typhoon Haiyan

Researchers' snapshots of the problems of rebuilding after disaster.

Lesson 1: Local aid workers must not be second class citizens

How exactly can local & international humanitarian actors work better in the context of clear power disparities?

Lesson 2: Concrete homes do not feed empty stomachs

Post-typhooon resettlement has made the lives of many more precarious.

Lesson 5: Relocation is not resilience

Master planning or planning for the masters?

Lesson 4: Recognition is as important as redistribution

The post-Yolanda resettlement process has broken the networks of support in urban poor communities.

Reading the Philippines

An introduction to the essential scholarship on Philippine history, politics, culture and society.

Where Duterte’s drug war is being fought

Subnational variation in extrajudicial killings speaks to the political logic behind the campaign.

Intolerant leaders for intolerant citizens: illiberal values in the Philippines

Survey data suggest Dutertismo isn't necessarily out of line with popular values.

Philippines beyond cliches #5: Beauty

Is Pia Wurtzbach, winner of Miss Universe 2015, the contemporary articulation of Philippines beauty standards?

The escalating violence of the New People’s Army in Mindanao

Despite Manila's push for peace, the NPA shows no signs of coming to the table.