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2017/10/22 | Vedi Hadiz
Deep-rooted Problems with Democracy in Indonesia
Indonesians who tend towards secular forms of democratic politics should be aware, now more so than ever, of the historical and contemporary weakness of politically liberal (or social democratic) streams within Indonesian politics.
2017/08/30 | Wong Chin Huat
A Roadmap for Breaking Malaysia's 'One Party State'
With the right balance of change and continuity guided principally by a two-stage roadmap, there is hope that PH may just garner enough Malay and non-Malay voters to end UMNO’s corrupt party-state.
New Indonesian Anthology Asks People to Lighten Up About Religion
In a time when posting anything critical of religion on social media in Indonesia can land you in jail, author Feby Indirani released a collection of short stories that reflect her take on the increasingly more conservative society.
2017/06/14 | Ben Hillman
Dangerous Games: China’s Ethnic Policies in Xinjiang
New naming regulations are designed to curtail 'religious fervor.' But the ruling also targets Uyghur nationalism, which is often conflated with Islamic extremism in China.
2017/06/05 | Phil Robertson
OPINION: Aung San Suu Kyi, The World is Watching Your Treatment of Religious Freedom
The international community won’t accept inaction or excuses from the Aung San Suu Kyi-led government this time.
2017/05/22 | Phelim Kine
OPINION: Indonesia, Please Stop Public Flogging of Gay Men
The president should denounce punishment of 85 lashes for ‘sodomy’ in Aceh, writes Phelim Kine.
Meet the Vanguard of Malaysian Islamist Politics
In a political climate where most Islamist parties have chosen to prioritize political objectives over ideological ones, PAS has balked this trend and has become more conservative in its political posture.
2017/04/25 | Erin Cook
Jakarta Election Result Spells Trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia
Whether Anies and Sandiaga will govern along these divisive lines remains to be seen, but it clearly sets a poor standard for repairing the racial and religious fractures still bubbling just beneath the surface of the city.
2017/04/12 | Ismail Shogo
Tackling Sex Re-assignment Surgery in Malaysia
Ismail Shogo outlines the Malaysian state’s stance on sex re-assignment surgery and seeks to analyze the rationale that underlies it.
2017/02/27 | Chublic Opinion
China and the Atheist Manifesto
A recent revision of a low-level administrative regulation aiming at maintaining social order stirred up a great controversy online in China.
2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton
The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta
The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.
2017/02/11 | Hera Diani
Islamic Populism Won’t Reign in Indonesia: Scholar
Failure to create a cross-class alliance is why Islamic populism may fail in Indonesia.
2017/02/09 | TNL Staff
Hundreds Lashed in Indonesia under Sharia Law
Sharia laws are particularly harsh for women and the LGBT community.
Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs
The exacerbation of police state mechanisms has obviously failed to deter the growth of radicalism in the autonomous region
2017/02/02 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Indonesia’s Critical Tolerance Test
The turmoil surrounding Jakarta's governor is a test of Indonesia's democracy and its commitment to a tolerant and open form of Islam.