On February 16, 2019 at FORSEA’s official launch in Kuala Lumpur, we will welcome the reformist Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad as keynote speaker, and there will be pre-recorded remarks on democracy, human rights and international politics by Noam Chomsky.
One hopes that elections will actually be held this time around. Failure by the government to keep to the recently announced date could lead to political instability.
In a FORSEA exclusive, Dr Prajak Kongkirati from Bangkok's Thammasat University, speaks about Thailand's military government and its inherent distain of the democratic process as upcoming polls loom for the country.
The United States will not intercede, meanwhile, Myanmar's neighbours see it through the economic lens, so an international coalition for the Rohingya is needed.
Even if those who oppose the junta win the elections, they would be deeply hampered by the constitution’s anti-democratic elements.
The December 8, 2018 anti-ICERD rally in Malaysia reminds one of the 1936 Battle of Cable Street in London. Both show the racialist character of protesters and the threat of violence.