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The Shifting Politics of Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia
July 10, 2020

The Shifting Politics of Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia

By Piya Sukhani
As the Rohingyas became increasingly prominent in Malaysia, certain quarters have come to perceive them as a social, economic, and security threat.

Lawmakers Vote to Close Down Philippines’ Largest TV Network
July 10, 2020

Lawmakers Vote to Close Down Philippines’ Largest TV Network

By Associated Press
ABS-CBN stopped broadcasting in May. The rejection of its license renewal request this week takes it off the air for good.
Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents
July 10, 2020

Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents

By Nick Aspinwall
The new law has received sharp criticism from rights and legal groups. There’s also skepticism it will achieve its stated goal of countering terrorism in the Philippines.

Singapore General Elections: New Dawn for the Opposition?
July 09, 2020

Singapore General Elections: New Dawn for the Opposition?

By Keiren Goh
The PAP’s victory is a foregone conclusion, but don’t sleep on the changes remaking the opposition.

Facebook: Vietnam’s Fickle Partner-in-Crime
July 09, 2020

Facebook: Vietnam’s Fickle Partner-in-Crime

By Dien Luong
Vietnam’s government has been able to co-opt Facebook to act in its own interests – for now.

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases
July 09, 2020

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases

By Associated Press
Finding the balance between public health and reviving the economy has been fraught with dilemmas.

Hun Manet Still a Long Way From Cambodia’s Top Job
July 08, 2020

Hun Manet Still a Long Way From Cambodia’s Top Job

By Luke Hunt
Hun Sen’s number one son has the resume but needs broad support.
Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?
July 08, 2020

Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?

By Kimkong Heng and Len Ang
In explaining Cambodia’s relative COVID-19 success, it is vital to acknowledge the foreign aid and local donations that have poured in.

Singapore’s First Election Under the Fake News Law
July 07, 2020

Singapore’s First Election Under the Fake News Law

By Paul Meyer
The correction and take-down orders issued under POFMA highlight the city-state’s strategy to stifle opposition and alternative press on social media.

Where Is Defense Reform in Malaysia Headed?
July 07, 2020

Where Is Defense Reform in Malaysia Headed?

By Nik Mohamed Rashid Nik Zurin and Ivy Kwek
Malaysia’s planned defense reforms need implementing.

China’s Maritime Militia Vessels May Be Military Objectives During Armed Conflict
July 07, 2020

China’s Maritime Militia Vessels May Be Military Objectives During Armed Conflict

By James Kraska and Yusuke Saito
There is no universal definition for naval auxiliaries, but such ships are subject to the same treatment as warships during armed conflict.
Malaysian Prime Minister Faces a Leadership Challenge When Parliament Resumes
July 06, 2020

Malaysian Prime Minister Faces a Leadership Challenge When Parliament Resumes

By Luke Hunt
Mahathir still has the support to influence his country’s politics.

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