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Philippines Protests China’s New Coast Guard Law as ‘Verbal Threat of War’
January 28, 2021

Philippines Protests China’s New Coast Guard Law as ‘Verbal Threat of War’

By Associated Press
A new Chinese law authorizes the country’s coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries' structures on islands it claims.

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill on Maritime Security: the Making of a Global Maritime Hub?
January 27, 2021

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill on Maritime Security: the Making of a Global Maritime Hub?

By Joseph Tertia
The clutch of new legislation offers a chance to advance the country's long-held maritime ambitions.
Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case
January 27, 2021

Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case

By Sebastian Strangio
The case against 80-year-old Bundit Aneeya stemmed from comments he made at a seminar in 2015.

Will Financial Scandals Undermine Indonesia’s Model of Economic Development?
January 26, 2021

Will Financial Scandals Undermine Indonesia’s Model of Economic Development?

By James Guild
Corruption within state-run enterprises threatens to tarnish the country's mixed development model.

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam
January 26, 2021

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Sanakham dam is one of seven mega-dams that the landlocked country is planning, in defiance of environmental and economic sense.

Someone to Watch Over Me: Trusting Surveillance in Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’
January 26, 2021

Someone to Watch Over Me: Trusting Surveillance in Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’

By Teo Yi-Ling and Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman
The TraceTogether controversy shows the need to renegotiate Singapore's social contract on the question of data privacy.

Cherian George on Singapore’s Political Evolution
January 26, 2021

Cherian George on Singapore’s Political Evolution

By Sebastian Strangio
"The main reason why leaders won’t reform the system is probably that they find the current situation far too comfortable."
Cambodian Prince Readies Return to Political Life
January 26, 2021

Cambodian Prince Readies Return to Political Life

By Sebastian Strangio
Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s comeback is unlikely to amount to much in electoral terms – but is convenient for the ruling CPP.

Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week
January 26, 2021

Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week

By Associated Press
The party is highly secretive and citizens are not even allowed to publicly discuss candidates.

Mind the Remote Learning Gap in ASEAN
January 22, 2021

Mind the Remote Learning Gap in ASEAN

By Lim Cher Ping, Geoffrey M. Ducanes, Nicola Nixon, and Pitchanuch Supavanich
As a result of COVID-19, the educational gap is expected to widen across ASEAN.

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation
January 22, 2021

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had criticized a COVID-19 vaccine procurement deal involving a company owned by the Thai king.
The Mendiola Massacre: Decades on, Philippine Land Reform Movement Remains Mired in Blood
January 22, 2021

The Mendiola Massacre: Decades on, Philippine Land Reform Movement Remains Mired in Blood

By Oliver Haynes
"The interests of the peasants and landowning politicians can never be reconciled," says one activist.

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