The Philippines

Duterte plays a long game to secure Philippine advantage

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Behind the crude populism, President Duterte has an intuitive grasp of what is best for the Philippines, Jonathan Bogais argues. Intellectual and political debate about Rodrigo Duterte since his election as Philippine president in June 2016 has been based on an abundance of bias and a paucity of fact. That Duterte is a populist and […]

Cambodia

Cambodia on the brink

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With the main political opposition disabled and an increasingly authoritarian government, Cambodia faces a political crisis, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Cambodia is on the brink of a political crisis, facing a return to the autocratic modus operandi that has been the hallmark of its politics for many years. This follows a sudden government crackdown on the […]

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

Religious apartheid in Myanmar

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The Myanmar government could find itself in breach of international law over plans to offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their ethnic denomination, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Myanmar has notified the United Nations that it is finalising a plan that could offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their […]

Myanmar

Greed the unseen peril on Myanmar’s road to democracy

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The international surge in investments, and political opportunism, are doing little to help Myanmar’s already weak civil society evolve in the interest of all. JONATHAN BOGAIS reports. In 1941, US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856–1941) wrote: ‘We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth and power concentrated in […]

Cambodia

Cambodians continue to struggle in an inequitable society

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Corruption and social injustice underlie the recent violent demonstrations in Cambodia, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Nineteen governments gathered to sign the Paris Peace Agreements on 23 October 1991, promising a comprehensive political settlement to end the tragic conflict and continuing bloodshed in Cambodia. There was a general consensus that Cambodia was at the end of an historical […]