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Better to Hell than be colonized again written on train in Indonesia

70 years of Indonesian Independence

Ed Caffin explores the long struggle for Indonesian independence and the bleak role the Dutch colonizers played in this process.On August 17, 1945 Indonesia declared...

Sultan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Kuala Terengganu

Parts of a Whole: Malaysia as an Islamic State

By: Melissa Lin Malaysia is one of the few examples of an Islamic state fused with a modern capitalist system. To discuss the role that Islam plays in Malaysia, and...

Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon

Signs of Change: Traveling through Burma

Text & Images by: Willem van Gent January is Indo-China month at Latitudes. Willem van Gent and Willy van Rooijen are a Dutch couple who traveled through Burma....

The massive billboard of Gerindra, By: Sita van Bemmelen

Sita’s stories: Billboards & Banners on Bali

By: Sita van Bemmelen Indonesia entered a new phase in its existence as a nation in 1998, when President Suharto stepped down as the result of massive protests...

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Singapore, the other Face of the Nation-State

By: Cher Tan One People, One Nation, One Singapore: Uniquely Singapore! Beneath the guise of democracy lies a hotbed of political repression in multicultural Singapore....

Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011

‘The Lady’of Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi

By: Diana van Oort Aung San Suu Kyi is without a doubt the most iconic Burmese politician. As the Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for...

The Green Walk, 300 km for environmental justice

Malaysian Activists Walk 300 KM to Demand Environmental Justice

A group of Malaysian activists has embarked on a 300 km walk from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur to demand for an end to various environment grievances afflicting their...

Lady GaGa in Atlanta, By Will Folsom

Lady Gaga, Hard-liners and The Police in Indonesia

By: Jacobus E. Lato In a corrupted society, such as Indonesia; good and evil are often found on the same surface of the coin, which in turn holds the majority down. The...

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Iskandar: a bellwether for improving relations between Singapore and Malaysia?

By: John Solomon A Thorny Past While never escalating any issue to a bout of saber rattling, Singapore and Malaysia have not always enjoyed what one could describe as a...

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Timor Leste: a Country Colonized and Neglected

By: Ed Caffin This year, South East Asia’s youngest state celebrated its tenth anniversary. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was colonized for centuries,...