Category: Featured

Featured articles from FORSEA contributors.


Southeast Asian Regimes Attack Democracy on the pretext of COVID-19

While COVID-19 continues to attack the population of this region, they also become targets of the state, as they demand transparency of information on the pandemic.

/ May 8, 2020

The Royalists Marketplace: The Supply and Demand for Dissent in Thailand

The Royalists Marketplace elevates political criticism, bringing it from underground to a screen, from gossip and rumour to open debate.

/ May 4, 2020
Duterte’s Anti-Poetry-FORSEA

On Court Poetry During the Marcos Dictatorship and A Note on Duterte’s Anti-Poetry

Duterte’s aggressive anti-poetry in broken English, Tagalog and Visayan is the truth of today’s politics. And it is also the unmasked truth of the poetry of all of Marcos’ court poets. In other words, Duterte’s anti-poetry is the truth of...

/ April 29, 2020
Philippines home quarantine FORSEA

The Pasaway and Duterte’s Pandemic Blame Game

The Duterte government will never be able to correctly deal with the pandemic unless it recognizes what, not who, the real enemy is. The enemy is not the pasaway, the poor or the rebels.

Dams Development & Disaster on the Mekong

Given the Mekong’s critical state arising from 11 Chinese dams and the recent Xayaburi dam in Lao, a moratorium on all hydropower construction on the Mekong as part of a “New Deal to Save our Mekong” is needed now before...

/ April 23, 2020
Thailand Supreme Court Bangkok FORSEA

Coups, Courts, and John Austin’s Theory of Law

If one day Thai society decides to prosecute a junta for their crime against the state, the set of people to stand trial, as partners to that crime, will need to include more individuals than the coup-makers.

/ April 19, 2020

Myanmar’s Double Contagion: the Covid-19 and the Viral Discourse of Islamophobia

Over the last 8 years, another type of virus, namely Islamophobia, has effectively spread across all segments of Burmese society, with devastating impact on Muslim communities and, more acutely, the community of Rohingyas, numbering 2 millions in total.

/ April 15, 2020

Parasite VS Parasite OR Parasite VS Host?

A close-reading of Basement and Stairs.

/ April 13, 2020

Taking on the Virus, Talking with his Fists: Duterte’s Unique Approach to the COVID-19 Crisis

Duterte is floundering and clueless as a head of state. His arrogant claim to be the supreme arbiter of life and death over his countrymen has been rudely taken away from him by a virus that has put him in...

/ April 8, 2020
prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus At Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Contagion and the Thai State

Now, more than ever, Thailand needs free-flowing credible information, vigorous popular input into the policy-making process, and grassroots organisations to implement public health directives. Human resources need to be mobilised in a national effort to stave off disaster.

/ April 5, 2020