Myanmar : the darker side of buddhism

Paul Fuller 21/11/17

Sitagu Sayadaw is one of the most respected religious leaders in Myanmar. He is very well known for his teachings and for his philanthropic work. He has considerable influence. It therefore surprised many in his native Myanmar and worldwide when (...)

Rethinking Southeast Asian civil society

Kevin Hewison 06/11/17

In the mid-1990s, there was a lot of enthusiasm for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the expansion of civil society in Southeast Asia. At the time, there was an efflorescence of activism as activists campaigned against trade agreements, (...)

Maroc : la répression d’une fin de règne

Chawqui Lotfi 26/10/17

Quels que soient les régimes politiques, les rapports de domination sont reproduits par une combinaison du « monopole de la violence légitime » et la production de mécanismes de « consentement ». La répression et l’intériorisation des « règles du jeu (...)

Débats et divisions au sein de l’AKP en Turquie : « la fatigue du métal (...)

Uraz Aydin 20/10/17

Si les forts soupçons de fraude au moment du référendum du 16 avril 2017 n’ont pas retenu l’attention des partisans du Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP), on ne peut en dire autant des résultats. Le projet présidentialiste de Recep Tayyip (...)

A better political economy of the Rohingya crisis

Lee Jones 12/10/17

In the last few weeks, over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a bloody pogrom in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, crossing into Bangladesh. Among the horrified and largely moralistic reactions in the West, some have pointed to economic factors (...)

La represión como demanda social

José Natanson 10/10/17

Quizás porque resulta más cómodo, atribuimos el “giro punitivista” de las políticas represivas, tanto respecto de la seguridad pública como de la regulación de la protesta social, al oportunismo inescrupuloso de dirigentes proclives a los desbordes (...)

Unpacking Dutertism : What to Make of President Duterte’s Year One


Dutertism. Dutertismo. The suffix ‘ism’ according to the dictionary may refer to a “distinctive practice, doctrine, theory,” and/or ideology. Does attaching an ‘ism’ therefore to the president’s name imply that he carries with him a unique brand of (...)

Rakhine Violence : Unraveling the Context and State Response

Angshuman Choudhury 14/09/17

What led up to the recent spike in violence ? At midnight on August 25, hundreds of assailants launched coordinated attacks on close to 30 security installations, including police stations, border posts, and a military base, in northern (...)

Cambodia’s Crumbling Democracy

George Wright 13/09/17

As democracy is dismantled, will Cambodians return to the streets ? When tens of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets of Phnom Penh shouting “Hun Sen, step down !” in wake of the disputed 2013 general election, it was the (...)

Venezuela : Pressing perspectives from the South


Venezuela is passing through a period of acute political, economic and social turmoil, which has intensified the debate within the regional and global left about the nature, the legacy and the prospects of the Bolivarian process. What (...)

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