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2022/08/26 | Kirsten Han

The Problem With Section 377A

It’s good that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men, is being repealed. But what has been won should should not be mistaken as an act of progressive change by the ruling party.

2022/09/24 | Kirsten Han

Singapore Scapegoats Doctors and Drug Users — And Rejects Real Solutions

The case of Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sen shows how Singapore collapses the nuances of drug use into a “war on drugs” that punishes and outcasts users — and medical practitioners.

2022/02/24 | Deutsche Welle

Wary of China, Taiwan Calls for Vigilance Amid Ukraine Escalation

Taiwan is watching China closely as Russia orders troops into Ukraine’s separatist regions. President Tsai has said Taiwan must raise its surveillance and alertness.

2022/03/10 | Bryan Chou

Is Taiwan’s Solidarity With Ukraine Taking Root?

Since the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, crowds have gathered every day in front of the office of the de facto Russian embassy.

2022/02/17 | East Asia Forum

Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

Jokowi and his coalition partners have been preoccupied not just with the remaining two years of this presidential term, but also with the remainder of the decade. They have been prepared to countenance options that are contrary to democratic principles.

2022/03/01 | Global Voices

Taiwan Watches Ukraine Closely Wondering How the West Would React in Case of Chinese Invasion

Many Taiwanese are looking at the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as a warning about the country’s own precarious geopolitical situation.

2022/10/28 | Michael Beltran

Holy Water: The Philippine Activist Targeted for Trying To Stop a Hydropower Project

Dozens of elite armed forces were sent to arrest Vertrudez Macapanpan, a 69-year-old environmental activist in the Philippines. She has no doubt the cause was her work defending a sacred mountain spring from a billion dollar development project.

2022/04/15 | Xiaochen Su

Preferential Treatment of Ukrainian Refugees Shows Limits of Europe’s Multiculturalism

The broad welcome that many Ukrainians have received is a social good. But we should hope and work for a world in which all refugees receive the same treatment.

2022/06/01 | Randy Mulyanto

With Beijing’s New Envoy Lu Kang in Jakarta, What’s Next for Its Ties With Indonesia?

Indonesia’s upcoming general election in 2024 would be a “testament” to Lu’s ambassadorship, experts say.

2022/08/11 | Michael Beltran

Ex-VP Candidate Walden Bello Arrested for Accusing Sara Duterte’s Aide of Narcotics Involvement

Walden Bello, an esteemed scholar and candidate for vice president in the last election in the Philippines, is the latest victim in a string of “cyber-libel” cases that have undermined civil liberties.

2022/03/25 | Voice of America

Why Taiwan Came Up During Ukraine-Related Call Between Biden, China’s Xi

While the calls signal stability in Sino-U.S. ties, experts see low odds of the two countries advancing toward any stronger friendship.

2022/01/22 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam’s Covid-19 Testing Scandal Goes Viral

Overpriced testing kits are an extremely sensitive issue that feeds into the long-standing problem of cronyism and backdoor politics in the medical equipment trade.

2022/09/12 | Voice of America

Global Pressure Mounts on Cambodia Over Foreign-run Trafficking, Scamming Rings

Cambodian authorities have rescued at least 900 foreign citizens from trafficking rings this year, the interior minister said.

2022/10/17 | The Interpreter

Could China Save the World?

It is difficult to imagine Xi Jinping brokering peace in Ukraine, but if China wants to be respected, this is a chance.

2022/05/16 | The Interpreter

What a Marcos Jr Presidency in the Philippines Means for Geopolitics

The Philippines might be Asia’s oldest democracy, but the continued appetite for strongman rule demonstrates a deep ambivalence about liberal democracy’s promises of political equality and rule of law and the likely continuation of the public’s acceptance of the autocratic practices that characterized Duterte’s presidency.

2022/10/19 | East Asia Forum

The 20th Party Congress and the Crowning of Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping’s maneuverings to ensure his personal domination in the CCP, long in the planning, threaten to upset a bedrock of the durability of the party.