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Southeast Asia links: Thailand's 'dictator law', Mahathir takes aim, Myanmar ceasefire and more



7 April 2015 12:49

  • The Economist on Malaysia's domestic politics and the introduction of hudud in Kelantan state (former PM Mahathir said hudud is wrong for Malaysia and attacked Prime Minister Najib). Meanwhile, the country detained 17 suspected militants for allegedly plotting to launch attacks in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Did Thailand just replace martial law with something worse? The Diplomat explores the issue here and here.
  • Milton Osborne reflected on the life one of Australia's first Burma and Asian Art scholars, Pamela Gutman.
  • China demarcated its land border with Myanmar this week, although some locals didn't agree with where that line should be drawn.
  • Phuong Nguyen wrote about the Vietnam Party Chief's visit to China and its impact on US-Vietnam relations. Nhina Le and Koh Swee Lean Collin explored Vietnam's expanding great-power relations.
  • A hopeful moment for civil society in Myanmar? Andrew Morgan explores the prospects on New Mandala.
  • Myanmar government and armed ethnic groups reached a draft ceasefire agreement last week. Phuong Nguyen examined it for CogitAsia here, and my preliminary thoughts here. And, why a white elephant's capture was an omen for the ceasefire progress.
  • Chequebook Buddhism in Thailand: a stairway to heaven or something rotten at the heart of Buddhism? 
  • Building guitars in Myanmar out of the wood left from Cyclone Nargis:

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