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Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges
February 24, 2021

Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
While Leila de Lima has been acquitted of one charge, two more continue to hang over her.

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?
February 24, 2021

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The move exacerbates ongoing concerns about Internet freedom and its effects on the country's political dynamics ahead of elections in 2022 and 2023.
Why Did the Tatmadaw’s ‘War Fighters’ Seize Power?
February 24, 2021

Why Did the Tatmadaw’s ‘War Fighters’ Seize Power?

By Arthur Swan Ye Tun
To understand what motivated this month's coup in Myanmar, you need to understand the army's history and cloistered worldview.

Defying Court Order, Malaysia Deports Asylum Seekers to Myanmar
February 24, 2021

Defying Court Order, Malaysia Deports Asylum Seekers to Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N. refugee agency claims that the group included registered asylum seekers.

Indian Businesses Need to Take Action on the Myanmar Coup
February 24, 2021

Indian Businesses Need to Take Action on the Myanmar Coup

By Angshuman Choudhury
Indian companies must suspend all commercial relationships with the Myanmar military.

Malaysian Newspaper Editor Under Investigation for Criticizing Court Ruling
February 23, 2021

Malaysian Newspaper Editor Under Investigation for Criticizing Court Ruling

By Sebastian Strangio
The probe is just the latest attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence the pioneering news portal Malaysiakini.

Why Communist Anti-Corruption Campaigns Never Work
February 23, 2021

Why Communist Anti-Corruption Campaigns Never Work

By David Hutt
Ongoing anti-graft campaigns in Vietnam and Laos focus on officials' moral conduct without addressing the political structures that incentivize corruption.
Last Week Singapore Released Its 2021 Budget. What’s in It?
February 23, 2021

Last Week Singapore Released Its 2021 Budget. What’s in It?

By James Guild
In the aftermath of COVID-19, the city-state is characteristically looking to the private sector to get the economy moving again.

The Myanmar Public Fights Not to End Up Like Thailand
February 23, 2021

The Myanmar Public Fights Not to End Up Like Thailand

By Oren Samet
Myanmar’s army chief wanted a Thai-style coup. What he got was an uprising.

Details Emerge of Indonesia’s ASEAN Push on Myanmar Crisis
February 23, 2021

Details Emerge of Indonesia’s ASEAN Push on Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
The mooted plan would involve holding the junta to its plan of holding free and inclusive elections in a year's time.

John Burgess on the Modern Life of Angkor Wat
February 23, 2021

John Burgess on the Modern Life of Angkor Wat

By Sebastian Strangio
Cambodia's wondrous temples reflect the various stages of the country's history, from colonialism to revolution to the present era of mass tourism.
Restoring Ties by Restoring Monuments: Indian Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
February 22, 2021

Restoring Ties by Restoring Monuments: Indian Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Conservation of sacred sites is an important aspect of India’s diplomacy toward Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

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