China

At what price success? Lessons in education from post-Mao China

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When it is hard to identify and measure the aspects of schooling that are truly important for success, the drive to meritocratic fundamentalism in modern China needs a closer look, writes Edward Vickers Debate on education policy in the West today is underscored by two unshakeable assumptions. First, that educational success is readily measurable through […]

Indonesia

Marketing morality in Indonesia’s democracy

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Issues of inequality and injustice, and expressions of grievance against the status quo, are increasingly being framed by racial and religious identity in Indonesia, write Inaya Rakhmani and Vedi R. Hadiz The first anniversary of the largest religiously-driven mass demonstration in Indonesia has just been celebrated by some of the organisations that were its driving […]

Timor-Leste

Political transformation in Timor-Leste hits the pause button

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Politics in East Timor have reached something of an impasse and could develop in a number of directions, either a return to old patterns or transformational, writes James Scambary The election in East Timor on July 22 this year, the third parliamentary election since it voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999, promised a departure […]

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