Southeast Asia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Speaks on the O...

1231231231As has previously been reported in the NEO, Taiwan can be considered a “quiet backwater” (a very relative description, of course) against the backdrop of what is happening south and, in particular, north, of the island…

China and Thailand: Tank Tracks and Train Tra...

tr6632While Thailand undergoes a sensitive transition with the October funeral for its head of state, the widely respected and revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Southeast Asia constitutional monarchy, home to 70 million and one of…

The Greatest Indonesian Painter and ‘Praying ...

6444Djokopekik (who uses only one name, as is common in Java) could easily be described as the greatest living Indonesian painter. He is something of an anomaly in his country, where vulgar pop art, pop music and almost absolute…

How the West is Trying to Recreate Myanmar...

nomasjid.hed_Media platforms either directly funded by the United States government or by their political proxies in Thailand, including US-funded Prachatai and Khao Sod English, have…

China vs US: Singapore’s Role in Asia P...

35324324234In early August, a Chinese-American professor, Huang Jing, and his wife were expelled from Singapore. He is accused of collaborating with foreign intelligence agents, according to the South China Morning Post. While the Singaporean…

52 Years After Fascist Genocide, Indonesians ...

77342342It was once again a hot, muggy day in Jakarta. The air was full of pollutants, epic traffic jams blocking entire center of the city. Biasa, as locals would say, or in a lax translation, ‘business as usual’. It is September…

US Proxies in Southeast Asia Include Fake Com...

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A quick geopolitical audit of Washington’s political and military proxies around the globe reveals a tangled web that, at first glance, appears contradictory and incoherent. Fascists in Kiev who hold extreme views regarding race and religion enjoy equal standing…

Malaysia Prostrates Itself In Front Of The US

5531The headlines of virtually all the Malaysian newspapers have been screaming loudly and euphorically, since the ‘historic visit’ of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the US, where he met President Donald Trump. They were ‘celebrating…

Analysis by Analogy: Myanmar is not Syria

563421223Many geopolitical analysts and commentators have noted many worthwhile similarities between the Syrian crisis and the one now unfolding in the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar. However, what is different about these two crises is just…

The Latest Forum on the South China Sea in Ru...

IVR774On September 18, Moscow hosted the third international scientific conference on the South China Sea, organized by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This was a milestone for the international…

Western Propaganda in Southeast Asia — a True...

7555444It is all done in a fully barefaced manner. Those who are not part of this world could never even dream about such a ‘perfect’ design. You come to your club, in my case to The Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT), and…

Fact Check: Updating Cold War Myths About Tha...

52342342342Many honest, busy analysts outside established media circles in the United States and Europe are plagued by mythologies stemming from once pseudo-truths they simply lack the time or energy to dig into and finally correct. Among…


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