Thursday, October 18, 2018
Religious extremism has been an issue in Southeast Asia for decades. Even before the September 11 attacks, when religious extremism started becoming a buzzword in security circles, Southeast Asia has been grappling with such violent extremist (and undoubtedly skewed) takes...
A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south. Before he was Phra Visuddho, he was Pisut Aungsupalee. In Thai “Pisut” means “purity”. When his master, Phra Upaseno ordained him as a monk, he took the Pali...
The legacy of the former strongman Ferdinand Marcos pervades the Ilocos region, helping one woman devote her life to teaching. “Here in Ilocos, there’s nothing more important than ensuring your children receive a good education.” Giving children a better future has...
From an Indonesian mayor to a make-up magnate in Myanmar, more and more women are refusing to accept the status quo. In 2009, Indira Gandhi, a Malaysian kindergarten teacher, temporarily lost custody of her three children. In March that year,...
Press freedom is now more important than ever. Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' provides an important lesson for us to learn about holding power accountable. I fully agree with renown director Steven Spielberg that there is an urgency to make his...
A batch of institutions that opened over the past decade are pushing boundaries in a region known for government censorship of art. Museums have always been both window and mirror: they provide a lens into our society while also functioning...
When it comes to abusive treatment of domestic workers in Malaysia, you would think that you had seen or heard it all. Until you hear the sad, tragic story of Adelina Lisao. Adelina was a 26-year old Indonesian who hailed...
When the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship began on the 9th January 2018 in Chuangzhou, China, the people of Vietnam were focused on something else. The Vietnamese "trial of the century" involving 22 former oil executives had begun in...
A deeply riven country tired of fighting struggles to heal from lingering political divisions. In Chiang Mai, the name Shinawatra – the family of ousted prime minister and billionaire Thaksin – has deep roots. Shinawatra Silk is a household brand, having...
Now back in West Java with 36.7 million other Sundanese, this 28-year-old Muslim woman’s experience living in predominantly Hindu Bali highlights the problems with divisive elections. When Cindy was 15, she saw a killing in front of her school in...

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