Quick-take reflections on Singapore’s elections

The 2020 Singaporean general election was held on 10 July, electing MPs to the 14th Parliament of Singapore. The PAP, in power since 1965, won 83 of 93 parliamentary seats or 61.2% of the vote – down from nearly 70%...

/ July 12, 2020

#HoldTheLine campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa

A coalition has been set to aid Maria Ressa and independent media from state’s harassment in the Philippines. Sixty press freedom groups and civil society organisations, journalism institutions, filmmakers, and others have formed a coalition in support of Maria Ressa...

/ July 10, 2020

Thailand is caught in the Sino-US rivalry that has shaped a new world order

Thailand's current Prayuth government may like to think that Thailand could play a balancing game between the United States and China. But the Thai domestic problems have compromised its position.

/ July 9, 2020

Soldiers’ Court-Martial Myanmar’s Latest Sham, say Rohingya Groups

Activists' organisations denounce lack of transparency and say it's foolish to expect justice from Myanmar’s military.

/ July 6, 2020

In an increasingly dangerous neighbourhood, Australia needs a stronger security system

Australia’s actions are not happening in a vacuum. Rather, Australia is appropriately and commensurately responding in an effort to bolster its own resilience and deterrence. After all, wars start when one side calculates the other’s ability to deter is insufficient...

/ July 2, 2020

“The Slow Burning Genocide” of Myanmar’s Rohingyas

Art has the power to remember the past, build connections across time and space, and contribute to the ongoing fight for justice in our communities. The Thread Exhibit combines artwork and technology to bring light to the voices of the...

/ June 29, 2020

FORSEA’s Maung Zarni speaks to Anadolu Agency on wide ranging issues in Southeast Asia

The Burmese public has been made ignorant of the facts about Islam and Muslims Zarni explains. There is no reason for the Burmese government to target Rohingya as they do not demand secession, independence, or even a regional autonomy.

/ June 28, 2020

Does Real Democracy Stand a Chance in Thailand? | Inside Story

It's eighty eight years since the revolution in Thailand which was the end of the absolute monarchy and the start of democracy. But it's the army and the Royal palace which today define much of Thai politics.

/ June 27, 2020

Scientists Renew the Green Revolution

Asian cultivated rice is the world’s most important staple, producing food for half the global population. It is now more important than ever as an additional 112 million tonnes of rice are expected to be needed to be produced on...

/ June 26, 2020

FORSEA Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter from Southeast Asia

We call on activists, irrespective of ethnic identities, dominant or subjugated conditions, nationality or legal status within Southeast Asia to embark on political, educational and activist programs aimed at de-colonising popular consciousness and transforming internally colonial institutions and practices.

/ June 20, 2020