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China and Coronavirus From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

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Beijing’s initial response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China earlier this year was atrocious. First, China botches… The confusion and lack of information led...
A Poison Pill for Covid-19 Hysteria

A Poison Pill for Covid-19 Hysteria

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For those of us who possess a functioning brain; and the more I watch the hysteria and the utter falsehoods and lies perpetuated by...
The Emperor Has No Clothes Are We the April Fools

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Are We the April Fools?

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On Friday 31st January 2020, 'The Times' newspaper ran a story about UK health officials scrambling to trace people who had come into contact...
COVID-19 Freedoms under Assault

COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

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I read an article printed in the Jakarta Post: "Politics of pandemics. How online ‘buzzers’ infect Indonesia’s democracy, jeopardize its citizens". The article basically takes the...
China’s State Media Outlets The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They

China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a...

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In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House...
White Men Can’t Trump

White Men Can’t Trump

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Michael Moore is an American documentarian and author. He had some limited success back in the 80’s and 90’s, and now he’s an odious...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha at Government House in Bangkok

Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

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In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to...
What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever

What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

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Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal...
What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest of Southeast Asia

What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest...

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In elections last month, Australia’s Liberal-National coalition won a surprising victory, defying pollsters who had almost uniformly predicted that the Australian Labor Party would triumph. The...
Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

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With the final results out of the Indonesian presidential elections, incumbent President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has won a sizable victory over challenger Prabowo...
Indonesia’s Election What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term and a parliamentary majority for his coalition in...
Presiden Joko Widodo menyampaikan pidatonya dalam pembukaan Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) IX di Nusa Dua, Kamis (8/12).

The State of Global Democracy Today is Even Worse Than It Looks

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It has become accepted, among most experts on democracy, and among policymakers, that democracy worldwide is in increasing peril. This year’s Freedom in the...
Thailand’s Election What to Know

Thailand’s Election: What to Know

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After nearly five years under a junta, Thailand will hold national elections on March 24. They could be a turning point for a country...
U.S.-Indonesia Relations after the Indonesian Elections

U.S.-Indonesia Relations after the Indonesian Elections

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The Trump administration has not, to this point, focused significantly on Indonesia. The White House has outlined its strategy for the Asia-Pacific, the “Free...
A Tough Year for Democracy in Southeast Asia

A Tough Year for Democracy in Southeast Asia

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2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from...

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The Myanmar Coup Is a Naked Grab For Power, but the...

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By Rizal G. Buendia Similar to practically all Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar (also known as Burma) experienced decades of authoritarian or semi-authoritarian rule as well...