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ASEAN Beat

‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ That’s the ASEAN motto. But what’s the reality? Our bloggers based around this diverse and strategically key region give you an insider’s perspective on politics, security and society in South-east Asia.

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Google Removes Two Custom Maps Doxing Critics of Thai Monarchy
June 29, 2021

Google Removes Two Custom Maps Doxing Critics of Thai Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
After anti-government demonstrations aired unprecedented criticisms of a powerful institution, the backlash is now in full swing.
Timor-Leste’s Bid for ASEAN Membership Tarnished by Myanmar Vote
June 29, 2021

Timor-Leste’s Bid for ASEAN Membership Tarnished by Myanmar Vote

By Luke Hunt
Abstention on the U.N. resolution is a “vote of shame,” says Nobel laureate.

Malaysia Announces Massive COVID-19 Aid Package as Thailand Tightens Restrictions
June 29, 2021

Malaysia Announces Massive COVID-19 Aid Package as Thailand Tightens Restrictions

By Sebastian Strangio
Until Southeast Asian nations achieve widespread vaccination distribution, they will continue to struggle with periodic outbreaks and lockdowns.

Civilian Militias Flourish as Myanmar’s Post-Coup Turmoil Deepens
June 28, 2021

Civilian Militias Flourish as Myanmar’s Post-Coup Turmoil Deepens

By Sebastian Strangio
Recent months have seen the emergence of a raft of new armed civilian militias, further complicating the country's political crisis.

Will Vaccination Be Hun Sen’s Legacy?
June 28, 2021

Will Vaccination Be Hun Sen’s Legacy?

By David Hutt
Cambodia's successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout has given the country's leader a golden chance to bow out of politics. Will he take it?
US, Indonesia Begin Construction on Maritime Training Center
June 28, 2021

US, Indonesia Begin Construction on Maritime Training Center

By Sebastian Strangio
The center will occupy a strategic position at the southern entrance to the Straits of Malacca.

As Outbreak Spreads, Indonesia Notches New Daily COVID-19 Record
June 25, 2021

As Outbreak Spreads, Indonesia Notches New Daily COVID-19 Record

By Sebastian Strangio
In parts of densely-populated Java, the surge in coronavirus cases has pushed hospitals to full capacity.
Thai Protesters Return to the Streets After 3-Month Hiatus
June 24, 2021

Thai Protesters Return to the Streets After 3-Month Hiatus

By Sebastian Strangio
Demonstrators renewed their calls for charter reform and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Mekong Development Zones Facilitating Illicit Activities: Report
June 24, 2021

Mekong Development Zones Facilitating Illicit Activities: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent years, EDZs have proliferated across the lower Mekong region as its governments have sought to attract foreign investment and fire up their economies.

Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies
June 24, 2021

Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies

By Jim Gomez
The former Philippine president, in office from 2010 to 2016, was the heir to a family legacy of opposition to authoritarianism.

Loud and Proud: Resisting Authoritarianism in the Philippines
June 24, 2021

Loud and Proud: Resisting Authoritarianism in the Philippines

By Rosanna Langara
The country's LGBTQ+ community has mobilized to oppose the Duterte administration's authoritarian turn.
Junta Forces Clash With Civilian Militia in Myanmar’s Second City
June 23, 2021

Junta Forces Clash With Civilian Militia in Myanmar’s Second City

By Sebastian Strangio
The clashes in Mandalay mark a significant escalation of the crisis prompted by the coup on February 1.

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