Martial law in the Philippines

Ben Reid Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern island of Mindanao on 23 May in response to an outbreak of fighting between the military and the “Maute group”, in Marawi City. Thirty-one years after the so-called “people power” revolution brought an end to the...CONTINUE READING

Mass arrests in Indonesia during West Papua protests

Arnold Belau Indonesian colonial police arrested 221 people on 1 December in three different cities, with 203 people arrested in Jakarta, four in Sentani, West Papua, and 14 people in the central Java city of Yogyakarta. In Jakarta, a peaceful demonstration commemorating the anniversary of the birth of...CONTINUE READING

Big anti-government protests continue in South Korea

Kim Bullimore A week after more than 1 million people took to the streets of Seoul on 12 November to call for the resignation of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, anti-government protests again broke out in more than 70 locations around the country. The demonstrations on 19 November brought out more...CONTINUE READING

Protesters accused of treason for supporting West Papua

Ternate, Indonesia – Police claim that demands raised by the Pro-Democracy Social Movement (Gema Pro-Demkrat) during a rally in Ternate, North Maluku, to commemorate Youth Pledge Day on 28 October were an act of treason. One of the people who attended the protest action, Rudi, said that th...CONTINUE READING

South Korea erupts in anti-government protests

Kim Bullimore More than 200,000 South Koreans took to the streets of Seoul on 5 November to demand the resignation of the country’s president, Park Geun-hye. The event swamped Gwanghwamun Square as protesters chanted, “The owner of this country is the Korean people!” Protests also took place in South Ko...CONTINUE READING

The siege of Kashmir and its struggle for self-determination

Rutaban Yameen The Kashmir Valley was engulfed by mass protests after 22-year-old Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in clashes with Indian security forces in July. Wani was a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of several separatist groups demanding self-determination and fighting some 700,000 Indian s...CONTINUE READING

The king is dead! Long live the republic!

Giles Ji Ungpakorn King Pumipon of Thailand was a weak and characterless monarch who spent his useless and privileged life in a bubble, surrounded by fawning, grovelling, toadies who claimed that he was a “god”. He was a pathetic creature who should not in any way be pitied. His life’s work was in self-enric...CONTINUE READING

Labour activist murdered in Philippines

The militant Partido Manggagawa (PM, Labour Party) condemned the killing of one of its leaders in Talisay, Cebu on 17 September. Orlando Abangan [known also as Ka Lando], a community leader of PM-Cebu, was shot at close range by a lone gunman around 8am while he was on his way home in Siti...CONTINUE READING

Duterte and Obama tiff: temper tantrum or real?

Ben Reid Newly elected Philippine president Rodrigo R. Duterte has entered into a very public tiff with US president Barack Obama. The controversy stems from Obama’s mild criticisms of the widely reported wave of killings of suspected drug traffickers in the Philippines, which has occurred since Du...CONTINUE READING