Myanmar

Myanmar’s toughest challenge lies ahead

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Myanmar’s controversial race and religion laws could be a trigger for a revolt against the country’s newly elected government, warns JONATHAN BOGAIS. Speaking at his Masoe-yin monastery quarters in Mandalay about the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) victory in the historic Myanmar elections, U Wirathu, the leader of the Organisation for the Protection of Race […]

Myanmar

Myanmar election outcome: a possible scenario?

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Democracy leader Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s declaration that she will be ‘above the president’ should her party form government after the 8 November election leads MYINT ZAN to make some external and internal comparisons—and postulate a possible scenario. In a press conference on 5 November 2015 Burma’s (Myanmar) democracy leader Daw Aung Suu Kyi candidly […]

Indonesia

Ubud festival affair reflects New Order mindset

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Bans or self-censorship? Jakarta conspiracy or local police action? ADRIAN VICKERS and ARIEL HERYANTO look at possible reasons for the recent ‘bans’ at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The wash-up from the cancellation of four panels and two book launches at the recent Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) continues. Accusations and counter-accusations fly […]

Asian studies

Lessons in change for ANU amid need for Asia-Pacific College

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Reports that the Australian National University is considering cutbacks in education and research on the culture, history and language of Asia and the Pacific reflect a profound failure of vision and a retreat from the university’s national mission, writes ANDREW WALKER. The Australian National University has long been proud of its Asia-Pacific expertise. It has […]

Indonesia

Ubud bans put the spotlight back on Indonesia’s killing fields

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Fifty years on, many Indonesians involved in the massacres of communists following an attempted coup have no regrets about their role in the killings. NICHOLAS HERRIMAN and MONIKA WINARNITA explain. Last month the Indonesian government banned several sessions at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival that had been set to discuss and launch important new […]