Karim Raslan

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Ceritalah | What does New Delhi election reveal about the best way to defeat Narendra Modi and BJP?

By delivering on education and avoiding identity politics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal steered his Aam Admi Party to victory.

24 Feb 2020 - 1:45PM

By delivering on education and avoiding identity politics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal steered his Aam Admi Party to victory.

What does New Delhi election reveal about the best way to defeat Narendra Modi and BJP?
Ceritalah | Has Rodrigo Duterte squandered his one chance to transform the Philippines?

The Philippine president’s much vaunted infrastructure programme is flailing, and recent moves against the media and the US are part of a worrying trend.

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The Philippine president’s much vaunted infrastructure programme is flailing, and recent moves against the media and the US are part of a worrying trend.

Has Rodrigo Duterte squandered his one chance to transform the Philippines?
Ceritalah | How Southeast Asia can avoid the perils of the West’s fragile democracy

Growing economic inequality and cultural insecurities have weakened centuries-old democracies, giving an opportunity for Trump and other demagogues to rise.

10 Feb 2020 - 3:13PM

Growing economic inequality and cultural insecurities have weakened centuries-old democracies, giving an opportunity for Trump and other demagogues to rise.

How Southeast Asia can avoid the perils of the West’s fragile democracy
Ceritalah | The second coronavirus is a ‘moron strain’ driving panic on social media globally

A deluge of misinformation about the novel coronavirus and growing anti-Chinese sentiment is infinitely harder for governments to deal with.

3 Feb 2020 - 4:05PM

A deluge of misinformation about the novel coronavirus and growing anti-Chinese sentiment is infinitely harder for governments to deal with.

The second coronavirus is a ‘moron strain’ driving panic on social media globally
Ceritalah | Don’t be fooled by Netflix: there’s more to the Chinese diaspora than Mandarin

New series ‘The Ghost Bride’ airbrushes the wonderful hybridity that characterised colonial Malacca, a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages.

27 Jan 2020 - 4:07PM

New series ‘The Ghost Bride’ airbrushes the wonderful hybridity that characterised colonial Malacca, a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages.

Don’t be fooled by Netflix: there’s more to the Chinese diaspora than Mandarin
Ceritalah | Taal Volcano erupted but life goes on, highlighting the resilience of the Philippines

There is still danger but most of those displaced are desperate to return. They cannot afford to wait in shelters and there’s little the authorities can do to prevent them.

20 Jan 2020 - 11:41AM

There is still danger but most of those displaced are desperate to return. They cannot afford to wait in shelters and there’s little the authorities can do to prevent them.

Taal Volcano erupted but life goes on, highlighting the resilience of the Philippines
Ceritalah | Beijing must not be allowed to bully Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea

Donald Trump’s ignorance comes as no surprise but Xi Jinping risks forgetting the lessons of the late Deng Xiaoping, particularly in the South China Sea.

13 Jan 2020 - 12:10PM

Donald Trump’s ignorance comes as no surprise but Xi Jinping risks forgetting the lessons of the late Deng Xiaoping, particularly in the South China Sea.

Beijing must not be allowed to bully Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea
Ceritalah | Joko Anwar, Indonesian cinema’s man of the moment, puts women at the heart of his stories

The writer/director’s films subvert societal norms and expectations while producing mainstream films that transcend genres.

7 Jan 2020 - 12:24PM

The writer/director’s films subvert societal norms and expectations while producing mainstream films that transcend genres.

Joko Anwar, Indonesian cinema’s man of the moment, puts women at the heart of his stories
Ceritalah | A decade defined by collective amnesia: Trump, Brexit, Duterte – and now India

When politics becomes shaped by inward-looking nationalism, the loudest and most provocative voices are rewarded.

30 Dec 2019 - 2:34PM

When politics becomes shaped by inward-looking nationalism, the loudest and most provocative voices are rewarded.

A decade defined by collective amnesia: Trump, Brexit, Duterte – and now India
Ceritalah | Philippines’ war on drugs casts a long shadow over grieving families at Christmas

Norma Lopez’s son was shot dead by police in 2017. Now she works on behalf other families affected by the brutal crackdown.

23 Dec 2019 - 2:28PM

Norma Lopez’s son was shot dead by police in 2017. Now she works on behalf other families affected by the brutal crackdown.

Philippines’ war on drugs casts a long shadow over grieving families at Christmas
Ceritalah | In Myanmar’s Game of Thrones, Aung San Suu Kyi’s moral failure invites ugly comparisons

She was once a beacon of democracy standing up to the country’s military but the genocide against the Rohingya has left Suu Kyi painfully exposed.

16 Dec 2019 - 4:30PM

She was once a beacon of democracy standing up to the country’s military but the genocide against the Rohingya has left Suu Kyi painfully exposed.

In Myanmar’s Game of Thrones, Aung San Suu Kyi’s moral failure invites ugly comparisons
Ceritalah | ‘Death by plastic’ for animals must spur Southeast Asia to tackle waste crisis

Singapore, South Korea and Japan are potential models, where waste is either incinerated in waste-to-energy power plants or recycled.

10 Dec 2019 - 3:58PM

Singapore, South Korea and Japan are potential models, where waste is either incinerated in waste-to-energy power plants or recycled.

‘Death by plastic’ for animals must spur Southeast Asia to tackle waste crisis
Ceritalah | Indonesian stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot are keeping Javanese alive in pop culture

Pop stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot sing in Javanese and all seven Indonesian presidents, including the late Sulawesi-born BJ Habibie, have Javanese heritage.

3 Dec 2019 - 1:37PM

Pop stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot sing in Javanese and all seven Indonesian presidents, including the late Sulawesi-born BJ Habibie, have Javanese heritage.

Indonesian stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot are keeping Javanese alive in pop culture
Ceritalah | The tale of one Iban man in Johor is a story of Malaysia’s diversity

The experience of Gawing, a Christian man who migrated from multiracial Sarawak to Johor state, holds lessons for how Malaysia can have a more progressive and dynamic future.

25 Nov 2019 - 10:38PM

The experience of Gawing, a Christian man who migrated from multiracial Sarawak to Johor state, holds lessons for how Malaysia can have a more progressive and dynamic future.

The tale of one Iban man in Johor is a story of Malaysia’s diversity
Ceritalah | All talk aside, does Narendra Modi have a real solution to India’s economic woes?

India faces rising poverty and an unprecedented drop in consumer spending. Manufacturing is haemorrhaging and the financial sector is in free-fall.

19 Nov 2019 - 3:16PM

India faces rising poverty and an unprecedented drop in consumer spending. Manufacturing is haemorrhaging and the financial sector is in free-fall.

All talk aside, does Narendra Modi have a real solution to India’s economic woes?
Ceritalah | For Myanmar’s young women, tourism provides a way out of poverty

It means hotel housekeeping supervisor Ae Ae Phyo Aung, who makes up to US$400 a month or double what another worker in Yangon may earn, has now set her sights on buying property.

11 Nov 2019 - 8:56PM

It means hotel housekeeping supervisor Ae Ae Phyo Aung, who makes up to US$400 a month or double what another worker in Yangon may earn, has now set her sights on buying property.

For Myanmar’s young women, tourism provides a way out of poverty
Ceritalah | Is Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno the man to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president?

After 100 days in office, Moreno has become a minor sensation in Philippine politics, having risen from the slums to become mayor of the capital.

4 Nov 2019 - 9:36PM

After 100 days in office, Moreno has become a minor sensation in Philippine politics, having risen from the slums to become mayor of the capital.

Is Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno the man to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president?
Ceritalah | Paying for make-up, 1am runs: life for Bollywood’s aspiring Aishwarya Rais

Behind the mind-blowing viewing numbers, the glitz and the glamour, are people like Tanya Purohit. When she’s not auditioning, she spends her time teaching students to write plays and analysing professional wrestling

29 Oct 2019 - 10:15AM

Behind the mind-blowing viewing numbers, the glitz and the glamour, are people like Tanya Purohit. When she’s not auditioning, she spends her time teaching students to write plays and analysing professional wrestling

Paying for make-up, 1am runs: life for Bollywood’s aspiring Aishwarya Rais
Ceritalah | Six days at sea aboard the Nggapulu, a ferry that’s Indonesia in microcosm

The German-built ship is one of 79 vessels operated by national ferry company Pelni that serve a plethora of far-flung destinations in the sprawling archipelagic nation.

21 Oct 2019 - 5:24PM

The German-built ship is one of 79 vessels operated by national ferry company Pelni that serve a plethora of far-flung destinations in the sprawling archipelagic nation.

Six days at sea aboard the Nggapulu, a ferry that’s Indonesia in microcosm
Opinion | The billion-dollar question: is the gig economy sustainable?

Drivers for Southeast Asia’s lucrative food delivery services are merely tiny cogs in a global contest of hugely capitalised giants. The fast money has obvious appeal but there is precious little security.

14 Oct 2019 - 3:11PM

Drivers for Southeast Asia’s lucrative food delivery services are merely tiny cogs in a global contest of hugely capitalised giants. The fast money has obvious appeal but there is precious little security.

The billion-dollar question: is the gig economy sustainable?
Ceritalah | On the front lines with Indonesia’s young protesters

Demonstrations were prompted by proposed amendments to the law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission and to the country’s criminal code.

7 Oct 2019 - 11:39AM

Demonstrations were prompted by proposed amendments to the law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission and to the country’s criminal code.

On the front lines with Indonesia’s young protesters
Ceritalah | How a new wave of Indian travellers are transforming tourism in Southeast Asia

The more than 25 million Indians who travel abroad every year are tech-savvy and have higher incomes than before. While their numbers aren’t as big as the Chinese, they offer huge potential for the hospitality industry.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:27PM

The more than 25 million Indians who travel abroad every year are tech-savvy and have higher incomes than before. While their numbers aren’t as big as the Chinese, they offer huge potential for the hospitality industry.

How a new wave of Indian travellers are transforming tourism in Southeast Asia
Ceritalah | Meet Maya Karin, the Malaysian actress transformed from ‘Scream Queen’ to ‘Green Queen’

Earlier this month, she spontaneously posted a tweet imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to intervene to address the toxic haze. It went viral.

23 Sep 2019 - 11:31AM

Earlier this month, she spontaneously posted a tweet imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to intervene to address the toxic haze. It went viral.

Meet Maya Karin, the Malaysian actress transformed from ‘Scream Queen’ to ‘Green Queen’
Ceritalah | History has been kind to BJ Habibie, who transformed Indonesia in 17 months as president

His time in power was a whirlwind and Habibie stunned his critics with an unprecedented political ‘big bang’ of reforms.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:47PM

His time in power was a whirlwind and Habibie stunned his critics with an unprecedented political ‘big bang’ of reforms.

History has been kind to BJ Habibie, who transformed Indonesia in 17 months as president
Ceritalah | Prem Tinsulanonda was a trusted royal aide. So who will be the new Thai King’s counsel?

Prem and King Bhumibol formed one of Southeast Asia’s powerful political partnerships, alongside Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Keng Swee in Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin in Malaysia.

9 Sep 2019 - 9:00PM

Prem and King Bhumibol formed one of Southeast Asia’s powerful political partnerships, alongside Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Keng Swee in Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin in Malaysia.

Prem Tinsulanonda was a trusted royal aide. So who will be the new Thai King’s counsel?
Ceritalah | As nationalism rises, what holds Asian countries together?

Nations need to possess a relatively inclusive, overarching identity – a set of ideas that can make anyone feel they belong.

2 Sep 2019 - 12:34PM

Nations need to possess a relatively inclusive, overarching identity – a set of ideas that can make anyone feel they belong.

As nationalism rises, what holds Asian countries together?
Ceritalah | How a Vietnam war veteran tapped into rising coffee demand to raise his family

Nguyen Van Tuyen’s success story shows how a society scarred by decades of war has emerged with a hunger for work and prosperity.

26 Aug 2019 - 3:05PM

Nguyen Van Tuyen’s success story shows how a society scarred by decades of war has emerged with a hunger for work and prosperity.

How a Vietnam war veteran tapped into rising coffee demand to raise his family
Ceritalah | In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self

A former bustling British port, Mawlamyine today is a far cry from its glory years in the 1800s, and young people are yearning to leave in search of jobs and money.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:02AM

A former bustling British port, Mawlamyine today is a far cry from its glory years in the 1800s, and young people are yearning to leave in search of jobs and money.

In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self
Ceritalah | In Kashmir, the colonised have become the colonisers. India’s soul is at stake

The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmir of its statehood and the disputed region is once again on the precipice of violence.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:19PM

The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmir of its statehood and the disputed region is once again on the precipice of violence.

In Kashmir, the colonised have become the colonisers. India’s soul is at stake
Ceritalah | This era of Trumpian trade wars may be a blessing for Indonesian industry

Competition from China and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ pose existential questions for Indonesian industry. But in a land with a huge domestic market, a tariff or two could be beneficial

6 Aug 2019 - 11:02AM

Competition from China and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ pose existential questions for Indonesian industry. But in a land with a huge domestic market, a tariff or two could be beneficial

This era of Trumpian trade wars may be a blessing for Indonesian industry