Tag: Democracy

Militaries in Politics: Thailand and the Philippines

Mesrob Vartavarian discusses the history of the militaries of both Thailand and the Philippines and explains how they became so deeply involved in their country's politics.

/ September 19, 2020
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Militias and Democratization in Southeast Asia

Militias have contributed to the making of illiberal societies and the militarization of subaltern social groups. If democracies are to truly thrive in Southeast Asia, they must do so without militias. 

/ September 12, 2020

The Milk Tea Alliance: How Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are supporting each other’s fight for democracy

With the world in shambles and leadership severely lacking, young people are proving that they are not afraid to fight for a better future and to stand together throughout this process. That is the true power and potential of this Milk Tea Alliance.

/ August 20, 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

Maung Zarni Addresses Online Forum as the Republic of Korea Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its May 18 Democratisation Movement

S. Korea appears a rare success story, resulting in the establishment of UNESCO-recognised May 18 Democratisation Movement and Human Rights World Heritage Museum in Gwanju.

/ May 27, 2020

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

Can Thailand Recover from Persistent Dictatorship?

Thailand was once the hope of democracy in Southeast Asia. Two coups and two constitutions later and opposition nearly suppressed into extinction, the Bangkok elite have dragged Thailand back to something akin to absolutism. Is there any chance for democracy in Thailand? There are indications in Thailand’s Northeast, or Isaan, that networks may be able to come together in a...

/ March 9, 2020
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“DEMOCRACY HAS ALWAYS BE A HIGHLY CONTESTED CONCEPT, FEARED AND DISDAINED AMONG ELITES”

Professor Noam Chomsky delivered a recored message to the participants at the Official Launch of FORSEA, in Kuala Lumpur, February 16, 2019. A powerful oratory on the state of democracy from one of the world's most most respected public intellectuals.

/ February 18, 2019
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NO MATTER HOW THAILAND VOTES, THE MILITARY’S GRIP WILL STAY

Even if those who oppose the junta win the elections, they would be deeply hampered by the constitution’s anti-democratic elements.

/ December 14, 2018