The Unspoken Challenges of ASEAN

According to the alphabetic rules set for the annual rotation of the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), Thailand will be stewarding the grouping through 2019 in between Singapore and Vietnam. One year is short for any country to leave a mark and produce significant impacts, especially when the institution in question is a regional body known to many as slow in taking action.

Excluded in Indonesia, Feeling at Home in Paris

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people often experience discrimination in Indonesia. A certain degree of tolerance is there as long as they are ‘discreet’ and do not ‘come out’ or manifest themselves in public. They remain, however, an easy scapegoat for politicians in search of popular vote and ultraconservative religious groups, with few willing to defend them.