A New Lens on Economic Freedom in ASEAN

The development in ASEAN has been slow, but steady. It has seen an expansion of trade and a deepening of economic cooperation.

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What can be done to counter fake news?

Whatever measures are devised have to take freedom of information and expression into consideration, no matter whether they are state-directed or developed by the social networks themselves.

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Fake news

Smart Cities and Startups partner to create better places to live

As demands of urbanization increase, startups buoyed by their entrepreneurial spirit become crucial collaborators of local governments to scale up business models geared towards smart city innovation...

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Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar: The Defender in Chief

“Once women excel in the field of public service, we break the barriers that imprison society’s norms, and limitless possibilities happen.”

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Beng Climaco

Annette Lu: The Thorn of a Thousand Tyrants

Her ascent to the second highest position of the land is attributable to courage, competence, and character but it was also paid with a hefty price.

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Annette Lu

Rachada Dhnadirek: She Who Teaches Can Do Politics Better

The idiom “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” is often used to disparage educators. Dr. Rachada Dhnadirek is a living argument against this fundamentally wrong saying. 

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Henedina Abad: The Reluctant Politician and the Politics of Conscience

The reluctant politician was determined to be and do her best in this frontier of her life, and she never ceased from being the stern teacher she had a reputation for.

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A necessary controversy: Defining “fake news”

When it refers to falsehood masquerading as news, the phrase represents an insidious danger to both the democratic project and the discourse that sustains it.

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Renho Murata: Gender Politics in a Bastion of Patriarchy

Despite the obstacles, Renho’s political career has been nothing short of meteoric.

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Silver linings in Southeast & East Asia

Threats to liberal democracy are increasing. But for FNF, freedom is non-negotiable. The journey towards freedom and democracy is a long haul, but worth it.

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SEEAsia Report 2018