From Thailand to Bali, a huge increase in tourists, many from China and other rapidly developing economies, is straining sensitive ecosystems to the breaking point. Some countries are trying to control the boom, with a few closing popular destinations to allow damaged areas to heal.
Fareed Zakaria GPS, the weekly international news program on CNN, featured a segment on Indonesia based on an article in The New York Review of Books by Margaret Scott, who is one of the founders of the New York Southeast Asia Network.
Scott's "Indonesia's New Islamist Politics" is available here.
The recent election replayed a similar vote from 1992. And if the historical precedent is any guide, Thai politics are about to get even messier. NYSEAN co-founder Duncan McCargo writes for Foreign Policy.
Read it here.
Kety Haji Jalla serves her community as an educator, imparting life and job skills where a large portion of the economy is powered by low-paying agricultural work. A former politician from incumbent president Joko Widodo’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), she is supporting like-minded office seekers across eastern Indonesia as a respected matriarch. But since she is a transgender woman, Indonesia as a whole is debating her place in society as intolerant rhetoric and targeted violence is on the rise ahead of this week’s contentious elections.
This report is in Thai.
This article explores the grassroots repercussions of Indonesia’s national elections through an extensive account of the campaign in Maluku, an archipelagic province of 1.7 million inhabitants (among them 1.2 million voters) in the country’s east. Drawing from interviews with candidates and voters in Ambon, Tanimbar, Buru and Banda, Professor Marcus Mietzner sketches out the presidential election in the province, analyse its relationship with the legislative ballots, and take a close look at the patterns of district-level elections as well as the issues dominating them.
This talk explores the everyday digital labor of fake news production and the fact-check interventions that attempt to combat the disinformation crisis particularly in Southeast Asia.