Jakarta’s Governor Drinks the Kool-Aid

Jakarta’s popular, graft-busting governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama will run for reelection on a party ticket after all, jettisoning an independent 2017 bid that had thrilled millions and rankled the political est... Read More...

Philippines Gets Ready for the Duterte Ride

Rodrigo Duterte skipped his official proclamation by Congress as the new Philippine president this week. This was no surprise: he has said such an event was “corny” anyway, and he has also famously said he has little regard for Congress, claiming during his ca... Read More...

The Rehabilitation of Erap Estrada

Driven from the Philippine presidency by elite-directed street protests in 2001 amid charges of massive corruption, Joseph “Erap” Estrada, now 78 years old, has steadily been rehabilitating his image as May... Read More...

God and the Philippine Election

Lately in the Philippines, there’s been talk about God and the elections. Grace Poe, the presidential candidate leading the pack so far in a tight race, was coincidentally in a church in Quaipo when she heard the long-awaited Supreme Court decision allowin... Read More...

Myanmar: The President and the Proxy

Myanmar’s people have decided they want change. The reds, the National League for Democracy, have repudiated the greens, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in a historic election that was large... Read More...

The Return of ‘Dirty Harry’

In a battle of geriatrics, Alfredo Lim, who earned the nickname “Dirty Harry” for his notorious anti-crime campaigns, has announced he is coming out of retirement at the age of 85 to take on Joseph Estrada, 78,... Read More...
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Malaysian Polls Spell Crisis for Opposition Coalition

On May 7, a by-election is to be held in a semi-rural district in Penang to fill the seat vacated unwillingly by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, when he was jailed in February for the second time on charges of sodomy. The results could determine whether the... Read More...