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Military Takes Control in Myanmar

The Story: On the morning of February 1, 2021, in Myanmar (the country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma), the military took power, declaring...

We’re witnessing identity politics in extreme, violent forms: Deputy foreign minister

Southeast Asia is struggling to uphold democracy, facing challenges caused by identity politics, which limits freedom of expression and religious that could eventually lead to human rights violations. "We are witnessing the politics of identity in extreme or even violent form," Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said in his keynote speech at the Nexus between Religious Freedom or Belief and Freedom of Expression in South East Asia seminar in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday. At the seminar, which was organized by the Journalist Association for Diversity (SEJUK) in cooperation with the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) and the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), Fachir said rampant hoaxes and fake news, which were spread on social media, have worsened the situation. So the key is to educate the public," he said at the opening of the three-day event, which was attended by dozens of journalists, scholars and human rights experts from Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste and India. Before delivering his speech, Fachir invited everyone to observe a minute of silence to remember the victims of the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed at least 50 people, including an Indonesian. "Christchurch is a strong reminder that terrorism remains a real threat to us all irrespective of religious denomination or cultural background," he said. Meanwhile, the IARJ’s executive director, Endy Bayuni, said the region was struggling to uphold democracy, facing challenges from society as well as the state. Endy said the seminar gave journalists in the region a space to share their experiences and formulate a journalistic code of conduct when covering freedom of religion and minority rights issues "Religion journalism is important and it is important that journalists work in an increasingly diverse society. Royal Danish Special Representative for Freedom of Religion of Belief Ambassador Michael Suhr applauded the event, saying problems regarding the implementation of the freedom of religion, belief and expression was not only happening in the region, but globally as well. (jun)

Many Around the World Are Disengaged From Politics

Argentina Kenya Brazil Mexico Greece Nigeria Hungary Philippines Indonesia Poland Israel South Africa Italy Tunisia To better understand public attitudes toward civic engagement, Pew Research Center conducted face-to-face surveys in 14 nations encompassing a wide range of political systems. The survey finds that, aside from voting, relatively few people take part in other forms of political and civic participation. Still, some types of engagement are more common among young people, those with more education, those on the political left and social network users. And certain issues – especially health care, poverty and education – are more likely than others to inspire political action. With at least 9-in-10 reporting they have voted in the past, participation is highest in three of the four countries with compulsory voting (Brazil, Argentina and Greece). In 10 of the nations polled, people ages 50 and older are more likely than 18- to 29-year-olds to say they have voted in at least one election. Young people are also more likely to take action around the issue of discrimination in 10 countries, and notable age gaps are also found on poor-quality schools, police misconduct, poverty, government corruption and poor health care. And in six countries, they are more likely to participate in a political protest. Poverty is the one issue where there are relatively few differences between those who have more education and those with less education. For instance, in 13 of 14 countries, people who use social networking sites are more likely than those who don’t to say they might take political action on the issue of free speech.
Pentagon warns China is expanding military ops to target US

Pentagon warns China is expanding military ops to target US

Report says People's Liberation Army has rapidly expanded bomber operating areas for likely strikes against the U.S.; Jennifer Griffin reports on the details. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well…

From Indonesia to Thailand, Cambridge Analytica’s parent influenced southeast Asian politics

In the tumultuous months after protests and riots wracked Jakarta, bringing down Indonesian president Haji Muhammad Suharto in May 1998, a British political consultancy arrived on the scene. SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica (CA), says it came to southeast Asia’s most populous nation at the behest of “pro-democratic groups” to “assist with a national campaign of political reform and democratization.” The country was still reeling from the Asian economic crisis that started in 1997 and the exit of a leader who had held on to power for three decades. In Thailand, the company claims to have spent nine months surveying voters before staging an intervention on behalf of multiple political parties. In total, SCL claims to have worked on more than 100 election campaigns across 32 countries. The documents don’t specify who SCL initially worked for in Indonesia, but they indicate that the company managed the election campaign of Wahid’s National Awakening Party. Before Thaksin’s coming In Thailand, too, SCL claims to have set up a large operation that went on for months. “It was quite commonplace for voters to sell their votes twice—and then not vote at all!” As in Indonesia, SCL set up a research project to collate data from all 79 constituencies, using a staff of more than 1,200 that worked over nine months. In 50% of the constituencies assessed, the research found, vote-buying did not impact the electoral result, a finding that SCL claims was worth $250 million alone. SCL made clear those conflicts that could be won, those that could not, and those that had to be hard fought for,” said Leekpai, according to the documents. “Thai political parties want to win elections and some of them brought in whatever expertise they could to advise them.” However, there is some skepticism about the possibility of multiple parties supporting a project to stop vote-buying, as the SCL documents suggest.